The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India's (FSSAI) initiative to accredit food establishments in Pune has found no takers, since not a single eating joint in the city has responded to the attempt. The FSSAI had handed over the accreditation process to the Quality Council of India (QCI), directing it to decide the norms and accordingly, accredit restaurants, eateries and dhabas across the country.
The U.S. hotel industry posted mixed results in the three key performance measurements during April 2010, according to data from STR.
In year-over-year measurements, the industry's occupancy was up 4.7 percent to 58.4 percent. Average daily rate dropped 1.2 percent to finish the month at US$97.72. Revenue per available room for the month increased 3.5 percent to finish at US$57.06. "The hotel industry's collective performance in April displayed a continued march back to prosperity," said Mark Lomanno, president of STR.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Immobiliare Real Estate Development, a Panamanian real estate company, announced today that a Hyatt subsidiary and Immobiliare have signed an agreement to develop the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Panama and the first Hyatt Place hotel in Latin America. Slated to open in early 2012, the 167-room Hyatt Place Panama City will be located in the heart of Panama City’s financial district on Aquilino de la Guardia Avenue between 50th Street and Via Espana.
After a year of tremendous growth that made it one of the fastest and most successful hospitality industry launches ever, Aloft(R) Hotels this week announced expansion plans for key global markets from Brussels to Bangalore - and one of Aloft's first New York City properties, in downtown Brooklyn.
Among the countries in the region, China accounted for more than 50 percent of the total active pipeline, reporting 133,062 rooms. The country also reported the most rooms in the In Construction phase with 96,431 rooms. India reported 45,583 rooms in the total active pipeline, followed by Thailand (16,018 rooms) and Vietnam (11,084 rooms).
In support of the recently launched Hit it Big summer promotion, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has turned to popular location-based consumer service, Gowalla, to extend the offer beyond traditional marketing channels and into the mobile space. Now through June 30, 2010, as guests arrive and check-in at participating IHG hotels, including Holiday Inn® and Crowne Plaza®, they'll also be able to "check-in" on Gowalla via a mobile device and receive, targeted reminders how they can Hit it Big with rewards.
Kale Consultants, one of the leading solutions providers to the global Airline, Airport, Logistics and Travel (AALT) industry, has introduced a rate shopping tool - 'Travel Shop'. This tool empowers travel agencies to benchmark their own rates against those of competitors on various days or periods in the future and gives a quick insight over how the market and competitors are behaving and accordingly assists to set their rates.
Travelodge has announced today a £62 million investment in 13 new hotels. The expansion will create 1,244 rooms and 350 new jobs. Hotels will open in four London locations at Vauxhall, Excel Centre, Edgware and Bexleyheath.
Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of its 14th Park Inn property in North America and the second of two hotels joining the brand in Texas. The opening of the Park Inn Dallas Fort Worth South, Texas, and a second hotel which opened recently in Houston, are part of Carlson's Ambition 2015 growth strategy.
The oldest hotel of the Kempinski chain in Europe is preparing to submit its next luxury hotel. It will be "Kempinski Bratislava River Park"- a five-star hotel in the heart of the capital of Slovakia. The new Kempinski Bratislava claims to the laurels of the most luxurious business hotel in the city. Its opening is scheduled for June 17, 2010.
The bars along Khao San Road in Bangkok are virtually empty, the throngs of backpackers that normally make this strip a bustling tourist centre having deserted the Thai capital after violent anti-government protests.