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NEWS | Executive Profile: Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt Hotels president and CEO

Mark Hoplamazian was a freshly minted MBA graduate when consummate dealmaker Jay Pritzker hired him to work on new investments and acquisitions in 1989. Almost immediately, the 25-year-old grandson of Armenian Christian immigrants found himself in an awkward position within the tightly knit Jewish family business. "He came in and nobody could spell or pronounce 'Hoplamazian,' so I named him 'Steinberg,'" said Tom Pritzker,

NEWS |Does Your Hotel Need a Mobile Website or a Mobile App?

Does your Hotel Need a Mobile Website or a Mobile App?As more users access websites and make purchasing decisions via mobile devices, it is becoming increasingly important for brands to offer a simple and compelling mobile experience for their users. Along with the surge in mobile traffic,

NEWS | 10 Tips To Help Make Networking Work For You | By Tom Costello

Last week I posted a story about networking on LinkedIn that surprisingly got a lot of attention because it focused on an idea that is often overlooked by many networkers and that is 'mutual benefit'. As I suggested, networking is not marketing, sales, or a numbers game.

NEWS | Four Seasons Sets Up Camp in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park; Lodge is First of Three Launching Brand’s Sub-Saharan Expansion

Four SeasonsHotels and Resorts has signed a long term management agreement with the owners of Bilila Lodge, a resort in the Serengeti National Park, and is now operating the property, which will be upgraded and renamedFour Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania in fall 2012.

NEWS | Five-star hotels in Chennai, Tiruchirappally to serve liquor 24 hours

Tamil Nadu government has allowed five-star hotels in Chennai and Tiruchirappally to serve liquor round the clock. This will be applicable to similar hotels in Coimbatore and Madurai provided they pay double the amount of privilege fee. In view of the presence of international civil airports in Chennai and Tiruchirappally, the hours of business of five-star hotels for the purpose of serving liquor have been made round the clock straightaway.

NEWS |SIHRA seeks tax concessions on cooked food in Puducherry

South India Hotels and Restaurants Association (SIHRA), last week appealed to Puducherry government to review the ten per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on cooked food in the union territory, saying it has affected the hospitality industry in the region. The introduction of ten per cent VAT on cooked food in January this year has led to a considerable fall in flow of tourists hitting the hotel sector, according to T Natarajan, Hon Secretary, SIHRA,

NEWS | Marriott International to debut in Sri Lanka in 2014

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of East West Properties PLC, to open its first hotel in Sri Lanka in 2014. The 200-room, 11-storey Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, will be operated under Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand. "Marriott is delighted to be extending its portfolio and opening a world-class hotel in Sri Lanka,"

NEWS | Jumeirah Group announces soft opening of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai

Jumeirah Group has announced the soft opening of its ninth property in Dubai - Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. The 292-key hotel brings together a fusion of contemporary design and distinct architectural features, with exposed concrete walls, high glass ceilings, culturally inspired carpet designs and a glass bottomed infinity pool overlooking the lobby.