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NEWS | IHG plans new hotel brand for healthy living

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) is developing a new hotel brand aimed at travellers who want to work out and eat healthy. The first hotel of the brand ‘Even’ will open in early 2013. The hotels will have guest rooms with space to exercise and amenities such as hypoallergenic linens and healthier food options. The mid-priced chain will have large gyms behind the front desk, as well as a marketplace in the lobby that will offer food including smoothies,

NEWS | Government plans to add 100 budget hotels by 2016 through PPP mode

The Union Government is planning to add 100 budget hotels by 2016 in a bid to encourage the hospitality sector. The tourism ministry wants to set up these hotels through public-private-partnership (PPP) in one, two and three-star categories, besides adding 3,440 rooms by the end of the 12th Plan period (2012-17). The land for building these hotels will be allotted through a “transparent bidding process”, according to tourism ministry’s working group report on the 12th Plan.

NEWS | Harvard Business School opens classroom at Taj Lands End Mumbai

Harvard Business School (HBS) has recently opened an amphitheatre style classroom at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. “India is a key component of Harvard Business School’s global strategy. Our aspiration is to expand our intellectual footprint by working with business, government and academic leaders from across the country,

NEWS | Mfar Hotels & Resorts Ltd to invest Rs 1500 crore in hotel projects in five years

In a major expansion of its activities, Mfar Hotels & Resorts Ltd has decided to invest Rs 1500 crore in the next five years to set up hotel projects in India and abroad. The new projects would come up in major South Indian cities like Chennai,

NEWS | Starwood Hotels & Resorts to start 12 Sheratons in China this yearB

Starwood Hotels and Resorts plans to open 12 Sheraton hotels in China this year. Among these, Sheraton Macao which will have 4,000 rooms will be the largest Starwood property in the world. Further, Starwood plans to open 80 Sheratons in China by 2015.