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NEWS | MoT to develop 35 integrated circuits in PPP mode across India

Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has intended to develop 35 integrated circuits in public private partnership (PPP) mode in all states and 20 tourism parks and 70 rural tourism clusters during the 12th Five Year Plan. This information was given by Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister of Tourism, Government of India.

NEWS | Shangri-La Opens Second Kerry Hotel

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open its second Kerry Hotel on 19 November 2011. Marking the completion of the first phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation, Shangri-La's Kerry Centre Hotel, Beijing will be rebranded as Kerry Hotel, Beijing. It joins its sister hotel, Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, which launched the brand in February 2011.

NEWS | How “Fresh” is Your Hotel Website? | By Sue Wiker and Will Jerome

Every year, Google makes more than 500 updates to its search algorithm. The most significant update in 2011 was the Google Panda Update, now in version 2.5, which made most hotel websites obsolete by introducing very strict requirements for content, interactivity, and page download speeds. This required sites to generate engaging and unique website content (as opposed to bland, old and tired content) that would intrigue users and increase the site's "stickiness."

NEWS | Achieving Social Media ROI for the Hospitality Industry | By Ron Callari

The buzz surrounding social media marketing hasn't gone unnoticed by the hotel industry and hoteliers are seeking to make inroads by engaging with the leading social networks in new and innovative ways.

NEWS | Duane Keller has been appointed Executive Chef at The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel and 14K Restaurant in Washington - DC, United States.

Most recently Keller served as the executive chef of The Mason Inn and Conference Center Hotel in Fairfax, Va., and prior to that The Capital Grille in Chevy Chase, Md. He also served as the executive chef of Moon Bay Coastal Cuisine, a fine dining restaurant located at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center at National Harbor in Maryland. Chef Keller’s career includes a decade of experience in a number of culinary positions in Virginia restaurants including Potomack Landing, Blue Point Grill, and Sutton Place Gourmet in Alexandria; Market Street Bar & Grill in Reston; as well as The Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Paris, Va. A recipient of the James Beard Foundation Certificate in 2001, Chef Keller has received numerous awards over the years that reflect his ever-expanding inventiveness and inspirational accomplishments.

NEWS | Centara Hotels & Resorts opens a new luxury and indulgence Spa Cenvaree in Krabi

Centara Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of a luxurious Spa Cenvaree at the newly-opened Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa Krabi, offering a hideaway for serenity and indulgence where a collection of rituals drawn from Thailand's ancient heritage, along with a range of the latest treatments from the West, can be enjoyed in privacy.

NEWS | Hilton Hotels & Resorts Announces Opening of Hilton Bogota

Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Bogota - Hilton Worldwide's first managed full-service hotel in Bogota, Colombia. To celebrate, this city center hotel in Bogota will welcome guests with a special introductory rate starting at $99 per night.* The opening of Hilton Bogota marks the anticipated return of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand to this thriving capital city, and serves as a reminder of Hilton Worldwide's strategy to expand the portfolio throughout Latin America. It joins Hilton Cartagena as the second Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Colombia.

NEWS | New 340-room Steigenberger Hotel to be Built Near the German Chancellery in Berlin

A new Steigenberger Hotel is about to be built in the German capital. The Steigenberger Hotel Group First Class Hotel will be located in Berlin's rapidly growing Europacity district near to the main railway station and Chancellery and will open its doors in the first half of 2014. Construction works are scheduled to begin in 2012 on an establishment which will have 340 rooms and suites and a large conference area as well as boasting high-quality health and beauty spa facilities. Various gastronomic outlets are also planned.

NEWS | Centaur Hotel management contract with DB Realty not scrapped: Hotel Corporation of India

Hotel Corporation of India (HCI) has clarified that it has not scrapped its management contract with DB Realty for running the Centaur Lake View Hotel here.

NEWS | Concept Hospitality to double its room inventory in Mumbai by 2013

Concept Hospitality is set to double its room inventory in Mumbai by 2013, with a 78-room four-star property in Chembur and a 120-room five-star property in Goregaon, both in the suburbs. The former will be an addition to The Fern Residency brand, while the latter's branding is yet to be decided. This expansion will bring the company's room inventory in Mumbai to over 400.

NEWS | Novotel and Microsoft launch new hotel room concept Room 3120

Novotel, the mid-scale hotel brand of Accor, in partnership with Microsoft has launched a new hotel room concept Room 3120. The hotel room is designed to accommodate up to four guests (two adults and two children under 16). While all of the equipment is fully functional and could be deployed throughout the Novotel network in the near future, guests are currently being offered an experience in the pilot room for the next three months.

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We at hospemag support such initiatives.  If there is anything you are doing that validates the fact that every human should have equal rights and opportunities, please write in to editor@hospemag.com and we would love to feature it.

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NEWS | Accor to introduce three new brands in India by 2012

With three brands already operational across 10 hotels in India, Accor is set to bring three new brands by the end of 2012. Currently, Novotel, Mercure and ibis are operational and the three new brands, which will debut in the Indian market in 2012 are Sofitel, Pullman and Formule 1. In addition, Accor plans to open nine more hotels under various brands in India by the end of 2012, adding 2,516 rooms to the already existing 2,016 rooms. Plans are afoot to open a Sofitel, a Pullman, two Novotel, five ibis and three Formule 1 in India before the end of 2012.

NEWS | Soon, fly anywhere in India on planes made in India

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JOBS | Réceptionniste tournant

This dynamic brand has launched a new concept of bedroom and public areas, modern and cocooning style with a more up to date bedroom, where the different materials and lighting elements provide a relaxed and Zen atmosphere. See hotel description Contract Job Level CDI Status Full Time Contact DAMIEN LAUTRU h2041-fo@accor.com 01 49 77 55 55 Skills Professional experiences 1 year Languages essential French, English Essential requirements -Fols Key tasks Vous veillez au bon déroulement du séjour des clients. Vous organisez l’accueil et prenez en charge les clients avec votre équipe. Vous managez les équipes de la réception afin d’offrir des prestations de qualité aux clients. Vous contribuez à la réalisation des objectifs quantitatifs et qualitatifs de votre service. Vous faites vivre les projets et points d’identité de la marque et du Groupe.

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