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IIM Shillong, NEC launch Certificate Course in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong, in association with North Eastern Council (NEC), has launched a six-month Certificate Course in Tourism and Hospitality Management. Funded by the NEC, the course will help participants project the North-East as a vibrant tourist destination, according to a report in The Times of India.

Interstate Adds Two Management Contracts for Properties in Jaipur and Amritsar

Interstate Hotels & Resortstoday announced that JHM Interstate Hotels India, a 50/50 joint venture management company between Interstate and JHM Hotels, has signed contracts to operate two more hotels in India that are expected to open this year: the Rajasthali Resort & Spa in Jaipur, developed by Mr. Girish Chand Agarwal, chairman and managing director of Puja Construction Limited, a Jaipur-based real estate development company; and the Ramada Amritsar, owned by Gurgaon-based Starex Developers Private Limited and led by Chairman Mohinder Singh.

“This brings to five the number of hotel management contracts executed since we launched our third-party management platform in India,” said Thomas F. Hewitt, Interstate’s chairman and chief executive officer.

Grace Hotels Expands Into Asia With Acquisition of Acclaimed Yi

Grace Hotels Group, the award-winning boutique hotels group has announced its entry into the Asian market with the acquisition of the acclaimed Yi House Hotel in partnership with the hotel’s former owners. The property lies in the heart of Beijing’s famous 798 Art District, the thriving cultural center that is one of the city’s leading tourist attractions as well as a focal point for the world’s fashion and art community. It will re-launch as the Grace Beijing later this summer. Grace Hotels is part of the family-owned global conglomerate, the Libra Group.

JW Marriott Luxury Brand Grows Global Portfolio With New Hotels

Marriott International’s (NYSE: MAR) global luxury brand, JW Marriott, welcomes its first hotel in Turkey, the JW Marriott Hotel Ankara and first hotel in North India, the JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh. By year-end 2012, JW Marriott plans to open nine additional properties, bringing the total global portfolio to 63 hotels and resorts in 26 countries.