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TRENDS | Lifestyle brands the next big thing for hotels

More people are opting for boutique hotels that are smaller and more personal

Christian hotel owners who barred gay couple may close business

A Christian couple suggested today they would have to shut down their hotel if a judge rules they were wrong to turn away a gay couple.

NEWS | ATS group launches Golf Meadows; will include a Sarovar Hotel

UP–based ATS group has announced the launch of ATS Golf Meadows, a premium development, complete with commercial and recreational facilities, at Dera Bassi in Punjab.

Lets Outsource Front Office!!

Hotels in India are increasingly looking at outsourcing as a means of curtailing operational costs, increasing efficiency and saving space. Outsourcing has grown from being limited to laundry operations to areas such as housekeeping, horticulture, F&B, security, spa and IT. Express Hospitality looks into the dynamics of outsourcing from the perspective of the hoteliers and the service providers.
By Nupur Singh, Express Hospitality- see the full article here

Are you Youtubing?

Online advertising is zooming in India. 

Would you allow your front office team to fb/twitter?

More and more companies are allowing staff to get on the social net while at work.

How much is Organic farming worth? How much are you spending?

Organic farming is now 200 cr in India.  

Should all of us be allowed to charge as much as we want?

The govt is still not happy about Airlines fleecing passengers. 

Learn Mandarin, soon!

My students from hotel mgt institutes will probably read this and still laugh.

I have been advocating that they learn mandarin, as sooner or later they will have to work with someone who knows only that language. Two reports are playing out the significance of this. RBS says China will grow faster than India (again!) and Kapil Sibal is introducing the language in CBSE from 2011

So think about it.

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Culinary Schools | Scholarships for The Culinary Institute of America

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Courses | THE CRAFT OF FOOD WRITING

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Properties for Sale | Cochin - Operational Hotel

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61% would like to borrow an iPad from their hotel

With so many hotels these days seeking new ways to please increasingly tech savvy guests, USA Today asked readers which electronic device they'd like to borrow from the front desk.

Editor's blurbs - 13th December 2010

Random collection of thoughts (blurbs really), hospitality but I am known to stray!
  • My students from hotel mgt institutes will probably read this and still laugh. I have been advocating that they learn mandarin, as sooner or later they will have to work with someone who knows only that language. Two reports are playing out the significance of this. RBS says China will grow faster than India (again!) and Kapil Sibal is introducing the language in CBSE from 2011.  So think about it.
  • The govt is still not happy about Airlines fleecing passengers.  I have in the past paid the price of flying at the last moment but this is about hotels.  Hotels did the same in the last decade until they made us print our tariffs.  Most hotels still have printed tariffs they start brandishing when they fill up.  Till that time however, they are happy with BAR - Best Available Rates. What do you think? Should all of us be allowed to charge as much as we want?  What about taking this thought to food service? Maybe we could charge people more just before the last order or maybe for that last drink?  you know they need it bad!
  • Organic farming is now 200 cr in India.   To the west I am sure this makes sense and good exports, but I wanted to ask any purchase managers or chefs (maybe some GMs would know too), how much money are Indian hotels spending on organic food?  Anybody?
  • More and more companies are allowing staff to get on the social net while at work.  According to FE the companies finally realized that technology now exists to keep their data safe and that employees will find some way to do it anyway.  Should hotels allow staff?  I mean would you let the front office staff sign into facebook while there is no check in or check out?  Let me know what you think.
  • last but not the least, online advertising is zooming in India.  Kerala tourism has an official channel on youtube and has garnered Total Upload Views of 2,181,271 in 47 days.  So is your hotel officially there?  Unofficially everyone's hotel is on the net, just in case you were wondering.
    Cheers!
    prabhjot bedi
    editor
    www.hospemag.com

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    The Oberoi Udaivilas: Jan Tibaldi, General Manager

    The Oberoi Udaivilas: Jan Tibaldi, General ManagerJan Tibaldi has been appointed as the General Manager at The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, Rajasthan. He has worked Amari Hotels; Four Seasons; Sandy Lane, Barbados; One&Only Resorts and Viceroy Hotels and Resorts. Tibaldi was the General Manager of Viceroy Resorts & Residences Anguilla. 
     He has served as the General Manager of One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius and One&Only Kanuhura, Maldives and as the Resident Manager of One&Only Le Touessrok, Mauritius and Sandy Lane, Barbados, West Indies. 

    VITS Mumbai opens JALSA ─ The Coal Bar

    VITS Mumbai has launched JALSA ─ The Coal Bar. According to a press release, the Jalsa is a sophisticated local themed bar and restaurant with rustic settings.

    IRCTC to set up food factory in New Delhi

    According to a PTI report, aiming to revive its fortune in the fast growing food and beverage industry, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) plans to come up with a 'food factory' in New Delhi to serve customers with packed delicacies as per their choice. The corporation, which suffered a setback recently after the Railways decided to take over the catering responsibility from it, plans to 'strike rich cashing in with its brand value in the market.'

    GMADA to float tenders for commercial sites along highways

    Buoyed by the response the pre─bid meeting for the five─star hotel and convention centre project, between Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) and country's leading hotel chains received, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) too is poised to cash in on the recent upswing in market fortunes by targeting mid─January as the cut─off date by which it would invite tenders for commercial sites to be built along the sides of the state highway.