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NEWS | Westin College launches new facilities

Secondary Education Minister Kolusu Parthasarathy being welcomed by students of Westin College Hotel Management during a practical demonstration on their college premises in Vijayawada on Monday. Photo. C. H.. Vijaya Bhaskar

Secondary Education Minister K. Parthasarathy has inaugurated a guest room, housekeeping training lab and international food and beverage department at Westin College of Hotel and Business Management here. Addressing the gathering on Monday, the Minister said that the guest had a special place in Indian culture and tradition. The Indian hospitality had won accolades across the globe. The hospitality industry or business would grow if the guests/customers were satisfied. The opportunities in hospitality industry were galore with globalisation,

JOBS | General Manager

Location: Stonehenge, United Kingdom 
Salary: C.£65,000, plus Performance Related Pay and benefits Closing date: 05 May 2013 Stonehenge is the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, one of the wonders of the world, and the centrepiece of the National Heritage Collection. English Heritage is looking for an exceptional senior manager, to take the Stonehenge visitor experience forward on completion of the new visitor centre and exhibition galleries in December 2013.

NEWS | Lords Inn Hotels & Developers aims to add 6 properties by 2013

Lords Inn Hotels & Developers Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of USA-based Lords Inn Hotels & Developers LLC, plans to add six properties by 2013. The group is trying to tap Tier III and IV cities like Kathgodam and Haldwani in Uttarakhand and Porbandar in Gujarat. Speaking to Hospitality Biz, Pushpendra Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, Lords Group, said, "We will have three properties under the brand Lords Eco Inn, which is a small/budget segment hotel. One of the properties will be developed under the brand Lords Inn with more than 75 rooms.”

NEWS | Best Western International enters Haiti

Best Western International recently opened its first property in Haiti - Best Western Premier Petion-Ville. The 106 room full-service hotel is located in the business corridor north of Port-au-Prince and will provided lodging and meeting space for financial and government institutions, humanitarian organisations, non-government organisations and business and leisure travellers visiting the country. “The opening of the Best Western Premier Petion-Ville, provides critically needed hotel rooms, creates jobs and revenue for the local economy and is a reflection of the continuing progress being made towards the recovery of Haiti,”

NEWS | US-based Wyndham Hotel Group on expansion spree in India

US-based Wyndham Hotel Group has 26 hotels under construction with a plan to add 3,000 rooms as part of its initiative to consolidate its presence in the country. The group currently has 7,340 hotels with 6,27,440 rooms in 66 countries and as part of expanding its footprint inaugurated the first operational hotel -- Ramada Chennai Egmore, owned by Ansari Estate Pvt Ltd.

NEWS | TX Blended Whiskey Wins “Best American Craft Whiskey”

TX Blended Whiskey Wins “Best American Craft Whiskey” and “Double Gold” at San Francisco World Spirits Competition FORT WORTH, Texas, April 12, 2013 - Thirty-four international spirits experts with the finest palates convened at the elegant Hotel Nikko in San Francisco from March 21-24 to judge the 13th Annual World Spirits Competition. Distillers and importers submitted 1,407 spirits from 63 countries into 85 different classifications.

North Texas’ premiere whiskey distillery, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., was proud to take home the “Best American Craft Whiskey” award for its TX Blended Whiskey, along with a “Double Gold” award. “We’ve been very fortunate to gain an amazing response to the whiskey throughout Texas,” said Co-Founder Leonard Firestone. “But to receive these awards from a world renowned competition is unexpected, humbling and incredibly exciting for our young Texas distillery. We couldn’t be more proud and thankful.” 

This spirits competition is the largest in the U.S., as well as the most recognized in the world. Often an indicator of trends in the marketplace, the competition is considered to be the rite of passage for top quality spirits. “In the two years leading up to the debut of TX, we worked hard to create a unique taste profile in an almost forgotten category,” said Co-Founder Troy Robertson. “Our decision and effort was certainly not without risk. It’s extremely gratifying to see that the esteemed judges of the competition have validated our instinct and hard work.” TX Blended Whiskey is created in small batches, with a methodical and local approach. Leonard and Troy put a handcrafted touch on every aspect of this artisanal product. They have a close-knit staff who package each one of these bottles with meticulous care. Leonard and Troy are also crafting a straight bourbon whiskey that is produced with indigenous Texas ingredients and resources, which is currently in the aging process. For more information, please visit or 

ABOUT FIRESTONE & ROBERTSON DISTILLING CO. Established in 2010, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. is the premiere artisanal whiskey distillery in North Texas. Owners, Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson, have come together with a passion to create one-of-a-kind whiskeys of exceptional quality. The first—named TX Blended Whiskey—is a premium product that is artistically crafted with select whiskeys sourced for their complexity and range of character. F&R’s yet to be released second product, a straight bourbon whiskey, is produced with locally grown corn and wheat, and a proprietary yeast strain isolated from a North Texas pecan nut. The F&R distillery is located in a pre- prohibition industrial warehouse on the south side of downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

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NEWS | Cornell International Summit: Real Estate and the Built Environment (CIHS

Cornell Event

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Shanghai , China Co-presented by the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and the Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance. The Summit will kick-off with keynote panel titled “The Shanghai Tower: Bringing China’s Tallest Building to Reality.” This panel will highlight the Cornell influence on China’s tallest building, featuring Art Gensler, ’57, founder & Chairman of Gensler,

NEWS | Ceylon tea brand Basilur founds Indian division

Taking advantage of the growing tea market in India, Basilur Tea, a Ceylon tea brand with over 150 products, 70 different tea blends, supply to 30 countries with more products, has launched in India. It has founded its Indian division headed by Raghav Gupta and Abhinav. During the last few years, India has seen an increase in the number of tea variations of specialty hot and iced teas along with different types of beverages in varied flavors.

NEWS | Jumeirah betting big on the Indian market

Dubai based luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holdings, Jumeirah Group is betting big upon the Indian market and has narrowed down on places for expansion over the next five years. Last year in November, Jumeirah had signed a management agreement to operate a luxury hotel in the Lower Parel district of Mumbai. The 470-room hotel with a wide range of restaurants and bars, extensive conference, wedding, banqueting and meeting facilities and a Talise spa, is expected to be completed in 2017.

NEWS | Supply addition of rooms takes Average Daily Rates down in Mumbai


Despite stable demand levels for hotels and lodgings over the past four years, Mumbai is witnessing a decline in average rates, primarily due to recent regular supply additions, says a report by Jones Lang LaSalle. As per the report, the oversupply has come in the form of Shangri-La, Sofitel and Ibis. Currently, there are 13 hotels under construction in Mumbai across different categories with a total inventory of 3,394 rooms. Once operational, the total room inventory of Mumbai will go up by almost 32 per cent from the existing supply. Prominent international operators like Jumeirah and MGM will also join Mumbai’s hospitality space soon. As of now, the city has 45 operational hotels, with an inventory of 10,537 rooms spread across various categories. 

While luxury and upper upscale hotels dominate the total supply with 69 per cent contribution to the overall inventory, the upscale segment contributes 14 per cent followed by the midscale segment with an 8 per cent contribution. Domestic and internationally branded economy and budget hotels in Mumbai currently represent 5 per cent of the total supply. Serviced apartments contribute 4 per cent of the total inventory. The trading performance, on account of the overall scenario, has seen a drop of 2 per cent in RevPAR during the last 11 months, in comparison to 2011-12, in the light of a decline of 8 per cent in ADR to INR 8,450. 

Occupancy on the other hand strengthened to 64 per cent during YTD 2012-13 from 60 per cent in the previous year. Over the three year period from 2009-10 through to 2011-12, Mumbai witnessed a marginal increase of 4 per cent in Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) as a result of a 1 per cent increase in occupancy levels accompanied by a 2 per cent growth in Average Daily Rate (ADR). 


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NEWS | Wyndham Hotel Group to add 26 properties in India

Global hospitality major Wyndham Hotel Group is planning to add 26 new hotels through the franchisee route in India, a senior company official has said. "Currently we have 17 hotel properties in India with a total room strength of around 1,800. We will be adding 26 more properties with a total room strength of 3,000. 

Outside India in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, the group plans to add 92 hotels with a total room strength of around 19,600," Duane Elledge, Group's Executive Vice President and Managing Director, told IANS. According to Elledge, the group is focused on franchising its brands in India and not managing the hotels. He said the focus markets for the group are China, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In the APAC region, the group has nine brands. Wyndham Hotel Group is one of the world's largest hospitality players which has over 7,340 hotels and approximately 627,440 rooms in 66 countries. The group has 15 hotel brands including Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Howard Johnson, Days Inn, Super 8, Wingate by Wyndham, Baymont Inn and Suits, Microtel Inn and Suites. "By the third quarter of this year nine hotels with a total room capacity of 1,000 is expected to go on stream," Deepika Arora, Regional Vice President-Indian Ocean, said. 

NEWS | Amalgamated Bean to expand its hospitality business

The Bangalore-based firm, which runs the Café Coffee Day chain, plans to expand its hospitality business by more than doubling the number of luxury hotels. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Bangalore-based Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Co. Ltd, which runs the Café Coffee Day chain, plans to expand its hospitality business by more than doubling the number of luxury hotels it owns and operates under its subsidiary Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts(CDHR). 

The company, which currently has three operational five-star hotels, is looking at adding seven more properties in the next five years, entailing an investment of around Rs175 crore, Marketing Head Anand Menon said. CDHR operates luxury resorts under The Serai brand in Karnataka and is currently developing properties in Mangalore and the Andamans Islands that will be operational in the next two years. “We have acquired a 20-room property in Andamans and will be adding another 20-25 rooms to it. Another property in Mangalore would be a greenfield project. Both will be operational by 2014-2015,” said Menon. “We expect to have 10 properties by 2018. 

Each of our upcoming properties will have an investment of around Rs 25 crore, though there will be an incremental cost going ahead.” Over the next few years, the company plans to expand its hospitality business in north India including Himachal and Rajasthan, in addition to increasing its presence in the south. “Hospitality is a sunrise business for our holding company and we would like to be in top three business segments for the group,” said Menon. The hospitality segment doesn’t figure in the Coffee Day Group’s top eight business segments. Menon said the company wasn’t largely affected last year by the economic slowdown though it was a rough year for the hospitality industry. 

“In the financial year 2012-2013, we saw 72 per cent occupancy across our properties and overall an average revenue growth of 18-20 per cent,” Menon said. The company has 73 rooms across its three properties and will add more than 200 rooms in the next five years. 


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