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NEWS | Thailand woos investments in tourism, hospitality

Thailand has invited Indian investments in sectors such as tourism, hospitality and food-processing. The Southeast Asian nation expects bilateral trade to grow substantially once the Free Trade Agreement upgrades to the second level, Nalinee Taveesin, Permanent Trade Representative, Minister at the Thailand Prime Minister’s Office, said here on Friday.

NEWS | Thailand attracts investments in hospitality



Thailand has invited Indian investments in sectors such as tourism, hospitality and food-processing. The Southeast Asian nation expects bilateral trade to grow substantially once the Free Trade Agreement upgrades to the second level, Nalinee Taveesin, Permanent Trade Representative, Minister at the Thailand Prime Minister’s Office, said. Currently, India and Thailand have an ‘Early Harvest Scheme’ under the FTA, allowing for tariff exemptions on 82 items.

NEWS | Realty mogul Donald Trump betting big on Indian hospitality sector



Foreign super luxury realty players are trying to better understand the pulse of Indian consumers to serve them better. Likewise, American realty brand Donald Trump said the company will also localize its offering for the Indian market as it looks to spread its footprint in residential and hospitality segments. Tribeca Developers, exclusive India representative for developing Trump branded residential, hotel, multi-purpose and golf course projects in India,

NEWS | TATA mulls expansion in Africa; Egypt in talks


Tata Group is pressing for expansion in Africa through its various business verticals, expecting its revenue from the continent to grow by 30 per cent every year from the current level of $2.3 billion, as per a PTI report. The group's hospitality chain Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is considering "proposals from three-four" countries to set up new properties.

NEWS | Fifth Hyatt brand launched in India



Hyatt Hotels Corporation has introduced its fifth brand in India with the official rebranding of five hotels to “Hyatt”: Hyatt Bangalore MG Road, Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli, Hyatt Pune, Hyatt Amritsar, and Hyatt Ahmedabad. The new Hyatt hotels join the 11 properties open throughout India operating under the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt Place brands. Set in prime locations in some of India’s fastest growing business cities,

NEWS | Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts holds annual roadshow



Ahead of its debut in India this year, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts along with Angsana Hotels and Resorts recently hosted their annual road show at The Oberoi in New Delhi in a bid to develop and strengthen relations with key travel partners across India. This was the fourth such road show in succession after Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. The event witnessed an active participation from several trade partners, travel consultants and sales representatives of major tour operators in the city. Pisan Manawapat,

NEWS | Tatiana Lotufo has been appointed Global Sales Specialist

Tatiana Lotufo


Tatiana Lotufo has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) as Global Sales Specialist, with specific sales responsibilities for ALHI’s international collection and Associated Destinations Worldwide members, and for the incentive market accounts in North America. Lotufo specifically serves with ALHI’s global sales specialists team to help planners connect globally, and she is based in ALHI’s Global Sales Office in San Diego, California.

NEWS |Deborah Berlingeri has been appointed Spa Director


Deborah Berlingeri

'Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has appointed Deborah Berlingeri spa director for Bonaventure Resort & Spa. Jim Mauer, general manager for the property, a Benchmark Resort® located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made the announcement. Deborah Berlingeri was previously senior account

NEWS | Douglas Glen has been appointed Hotel Manager


Douglas Glen

Landmark Hotel has appointed Douglas Glen as its hotel manager and area director of F&B for Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group, the group’s managing director, Jatuporn Sihanatkathakul, announced last week. Mr Glen’s will be responsible for The Landmark Bangkok, as the hotel manager and oversee food & beverage of Lancaster Bangkok, an upcoming sister hotel due to soft-open during the second-half of 2013.

NEWS | Hyatt Hotels Corporation rebrands five hotels as “Hyatt”



Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today debuted its fifth brand in India with the official rebranding of five hotels to "Hyatt": Hyatt Bangalore MG Road, Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli, Hyatt Pune, Hyatt Amritsar, and Hyatt Ahmedabad. The new Hyatt hotels join the 11 properties open throughout India operating under the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt Place brands. Set in prime locations in some of India's fastest growing business cities, the five hotels offer contemporary and comfortable upscale accommodations.

NEWS | Ascend Hotel Collection Opens First Hotels In Baltimore


Ascend Collection

Ascend Hotel Collection, part of Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), announced its debut in Baltimore today with three boutique hotels in the vibrant waterfront neighborhoods of Inner Harbor and historic Fells Point. The properties – Inn at Henderson's Wharf, Pier 5 and Admiral Fell Inn – expand Ascend Hotel Collection's lineup to 80 independent hotels.

NEWS | Starwood Hotels' Sizzling Aloft Brand Launches in Tucson, Arizona


aloft by W-Hotels

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its ‘Style-at-a-Steal’ Aloft brand celebrates the debut of Aloft Tucson University. The opening also marks the completion of yet another Aloft conversion project, helping to accelerate the brand’s phenomenal global growth. Owned by Starwood Hotels, the former Four Points by Sheraton property underwent a significant renovation to reposition it as an Aloft hotel.

NEWS | Peachtree Hotel Group Adds Six Hotels to Portfolio during 1Q13


Peachtree Hotel Group

Peachtree Hotel Group, one of the nation’s fastest growing hotel acquisition, management, development and ownership groups, today announced that it acquired/invested in six hotels in the southeastern United States during the 2013 first quarter. At this pace, the company is well ahead of its previously announced goal of adding 15 hotels to its portfolio during the coming year.

NEWS | Eating out at AC restaurant costlier starting today


Eating out at an AC restaurant and parking vehicle at places like malls have become more expensive as these will attract 12% service tax from today

Eating out at an air-conditioned restaurant and parking vehicle at places like malls have become more expensive as these will attract 12 per cent service tax from today. However, there is still confusion on whether the food delivered at the doorsteps from such eating joints would attract service tax or not. "Service tax can only be levied if there is an element of service involved.

NEWS | S Chand & Co to sell Chennai hotel


S Chand & Co is close to selling its Chennai hotel property, Atlantic Hotels, to CEEBROS Property Development for about Rs 180 crore.

Publishing company S Chand & Co is close to selling its Chennai hotel property, Atlantic Hotels, to CEEBROS Property Development for about Rs 180 crore, a person with knowledge of the development said. "Both companies have been in talks for the past few months and are expected to close this transaction soon," the person said, adding that