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NEWS | The Oberoi Group Ranked 13th Among ‘India’s Best Companies to Work for 2013

The Oberoi Group, India’s leading chain of 5 star and luxury hotels and resorts, has been ranked 13th among India’s Top 100 Companies to Work for and 2nd in the Hospitality Industry for the year 2013. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Vikram Oberoi, Chief Operating Officer and Joint Managing Director, The Oberoi Group said, “It is a matter of great pride for The Oberoi Group to receive this recognition. We have always focused our attention on our guests and our employees. It is our belief that happy and engaged employees will ensure our guests receive the highest levels of care and service.

NEWS | Restaurant Performance Index Hits 14-Month High on Positive Sales

Buoyed by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) hit a 14-month high in May. The RPI - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - stood at 101.8 in May, up 0.9 percent from April and the third consecutive monthly gain. May also represented the third straight month that the RPI surpassed the 100 level, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators. “The May increase in the Restaurant Performance Index was driven by broad-based gains in the current situation indicators, most notably positive same-store sales and customer traffic results,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the Research and Knowledge Group for the National Restaurant Association.

NEWS | Hard Rock International Wins RLI Global Leisure Operator 2013 Award

Retail and Leisure International (RLI) today presented Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International (HRI), in the presence of Chairman James E. Billie of the Seminole Tribe of Florida - owners of Hard Rock International, with an award naming the hospitality and entertainment brand as 2013 RLI Global Leisure Operator. This prestigious industry award honored Hard Rock for its achievements in brand expansion in varying areas of the hospitality including casinos, hotels and cafes; outstanding performance and innovative offerings to guests in 54 countries around the word.

NEWS | Four Points by Sheraton Expands Footprint in British Columbia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that its Four Points by Sheraton brand continues its rapid expansion across Canada with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport. Owned by Argus Properties, Ltd. and managed by Pacrim Hospitality Services, Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport offers 120 rooms and 4,500 square feet of market-leading meeting facilities in a convenient location near both the airport and downtown Kelowna. It is the 24th Four Points hotel to open in Canada, where the brand is on track to reach 27 hotels by the end of 2013.

NEWS | IHG Opens Its Second Hotel in Ecuador

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s largest hotel companies, today announced the opening of the 122-room Holiday Inn® Hotel Guayaquil Airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The seven-story new-build hotel is adjacent to the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, and is the second IHG®-branded hotel for Ecuador, with the first being the Holiday Inn Express® Quito, located in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito. “The addition of the Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport hotel is in line with IHG’s strategy to expand our portfolio in all key markets across the region,” said Alvaro Diago, chief operating officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, IHG. “Guayaquil is an ideal location as it attracts both business and leisure travelers.

NEWS | Connect Worldwide adds 10 hotel brands to portfolio

Having recently completed ten years of operations, Connect Worldwide International Inc. (CWW) has added ten hotel brands to its client portfolio, namely Okura Hotels & Resorts, Rotana Hotels & Resorts, Meritus Hotels and Resorts, Vienna International, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Hampshire Hospitality, De L’Europe, Denihan Hospitality Group, Kimpton Resorts and Restaurants, and Lindner Hotels & Resorts. The company provides result-oriented outsourced sales solutions to hotels and restaurants in new and developing international markets.

NEWS | Ireo ties up with Ascott for luxury service apartments in Gurgaon

After tying up with Hyatt Hotels for Grand Hyatt Hotel and Residences in their upcoming 700-acre integrated Ireo City development project in Sector 59 in Gurgaon in the NCR, Ireo, India’s largest private equity fund dedicated to real estate development, has announced another major hospitality tie up with Ascott Ltd., for managing the proposed service apartments project in the same Ireo City development project.

NEWS | Hilton Worldwide celebrate its 4000th hotel milestone

Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of its 4000th hotel, Hilton Shijiazhuang in the Hebei province of China. It now has 35 hotels operating in Greater China and a pipeline in this region of more than 120 hotels with more than 42,000 rooms. “2013 has been an exceptional year so far for our company, and achieving our 4,000th hotel milestone confirms our commitment to be the world’s preeminent hospitality company,” said, Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton Worldwide.

NEWS | Savourites Hospitality to add 15 restaurants in India in two years

Savourites Hospitality, which owns popular restaurant chains like 6, Ballygunge Place (for Bengali cuisine) and The Wall (for pan Asian cuisine), is planning to add 15 more restaurants in India, including some in tier-II, tier-III cities within a span of two years. It has almost finalised its next destination, Delhi, they said, followed by Mumbai. “Bengali cuisine, with its delicacy, detailing and diversity, has the potential to come up as India’s national cuisine.

NEWS | 10 hotels lose license after inspection by food safety commissione

Special squads of Food Safety officials from various districts conducted raids on 147 hotels in Thiruvananthapuram and suspended Food Business Operator (FBO) licences of 10 establishments.The raids were conducted following an instruction from Food Safety Commissioner to ensure the 30 guidelines for cleanliness in hotels. A total of 10 eateries lost their licences and were closed down. Around 90 hotels were given improvement notices and a total fine to the tune of Rs 1,13,500 was imposed on 23 hotels. A total of 60 hotels had been closed down following the recent raids and imposed a fine of Rs 4,48,500.