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JOBS LIST | 05/07/2013

NEWS | Langham Hospitality Group Announces New Langham Place Hotel To Open In Haining, China In 2014

Langham Place hotels and ResortsLangham Hospitality Group announced today it will manage the first new luxury city centre hotel under the Langham Place brand in Haining, a bustling metropolis in the Zhejiang coastal province. The property, which is being developed by Hong Kong-based Mingly Real Estate Corporation, is scheduled to open in 2014. Featuring 266 spacious guest rooms and suites, Langham Place, Haining will be part of an integrated complex comprising a retail shopping centre, commercial offices and residential apartments. Says Langham Hospitality Group's Chief Executive Officer Brett Butcher, "we are delighted to introduce the Langham Place brand to the rapidly growing city of Haining. Together with the developer Mingly Corporation,

NEWS | Akil Ahmad has been named Executive Chef at Novotel & Adagio Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, United Arab Emirates

Akil AhmadAfter completing his Diploma for Food Production in 1991 from Aligarh Muslim University in India, Chef Akil started his career in hospitality industry as a Commis Chef trainee at the Rajputana Palace Sheraton Jaipur in India on 1992. He got an opportunity to join the Southern Pacific Hotels Corporation as a Commis II in New Delhi, and was offered to work with Dubai World Trade Center managed by Hilton Group in 1995 as Commis I a year after in which he stayed for 3 years.

NEWS | Nejat Sarp has been appointed Area General Manager, Turkey at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Bodrum, Turkey

Nejat SarpMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Nejat Sarp as Area General Manager for Turkey with immediate effect. Mr Sarp will be based at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum which is scheduled to open in 2014. In his position, Mr Sarp will manage both the hotel and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum as well as oversee the development of Mandarin Oriental, Istanbul which is scheduled to open in 2016. A seasoned hotelier, Mr Sarp rejoins Mandarin Oriental with over 30 years of senior global hospitality experience in operations and development. He held the position of General Manager at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore from 2000 to 2004.

NEWS | Tash Tobias has been appointed General Manager and Area General Manager

Tash TobiasMs. Tash Tobias has been appointed as General Manager of the 243-room Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park effective June 2013. While based in Crowne Plaza, Tash will also oversee the Holiday Inn Silom, Holiday Inn Pattaya, and the upcoming Hotel Indigo Wireless Road as part of her new role as Area Manager for Bangkok. She brings with her a stunning close to 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, 11 of which are with the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) alone, working in Australia, Vietnam, and Singapore. In her most recent role as the Gener al Manager for Intercontinental Singapore, Tash has led the team in the hotel growth in all sectors putting the Intercontinental Singapore at the forefront of the countrys hospitality industry.

NEWS | Delhi hotels may be allowed to build and sell flats to raise funds

Hotels will be allowed to use the 20% of the total built-up space, where they are permitted to set up a commercial and retail wing, to develop apartments.The government is planning to allow hotels to build and sell apartments in their complexes in Delhi, a move that may benefit several hotels in the city except those that fall within the restricted Lutyens' Bungalow Zone. Hotels will be allowed to use the 20% of the total built-up space, where they are permitted to set up a commercial and retail wing, to develop apartments, a senior official at the Delhi Development Authority said, on the condition of anonymity.

NEWS | Kerala HC invalidates service tax on luxury hotels

The Kerala High Court today declared as "unconstitutional" the imposition of service tax on luxury hotels by the Centre by amending the Finance Act. A single bench of Justice A M Shafique passed the order while allowing a batch of petitions filed by the Kerala Classified Hotels and Restaurants Association, challenging the imposition of service tax. The court said that the imposition of service tax by the Centre by amending the Finance Act was beyond the legal competency of Parliament as the subject comes under the state.

NEWS | Taj reopens its Lanka hotel after Rs 65-crore renovation

Taj reopens its Lanka hotel after Rs 65-crore renovationThe Indian Hotels CompanyBSE 0.21 %, which runs the Taj, Vivanta and Gateway brands of hotels, today said it has reopened its Sri Lanka property, the Vivanta by Taj Bentota, after extensive renovations, which cost it over Rs 65 crore. The 160-rooms Vivanta by Taj Bentota is an exclusive beach and spa resort on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, said its general manager Manoj Mathew in a statement. The property has over 6,500 sqft of indoor and outdoor space for meetings and conferences, he added.

NEWS | Vodka sales slip in India after decade-long boom

India's vodka consumption declined three per cent last calendar — first fall in more than a decade, suggesting the odourless spirit's waning honeymoon with the youth, according to a TOI report. Broader lifestyle changes of the urban middle class have prompted the young consumers to experiment with drinks or cocktails that are not just vodka-based. Fresh tipplers — those entering the legal age of drinking — drove vodka's 30 per cent annual growth in the last decade.

NEWS | Holiday Inn to come up in Omaxe New Chandigarh with Rs 200-cr investment

Real estate firm, Omaxe Ltd will invest Rs 200 crore to develop a Holiday Inn property in Omaxe’s integrated township - Omaxe New Chandigarh. In an exclusive tie-up with The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), the company will undertake the construction of the 150-room hotel, which will be managed by IHG, and will cater to corporates and the local elite, including tourists. The coming up of Holiday Inn is a step forward towards creation of a commercial hub in Omaxe New Chandigarh that will house two architecturally superb office and retail spaces – International Trade Tower and India Trade Tower, alongside the hotel.

NEWS | Oberoi Hotels & Resorts voted World’s Best Hotel Brand

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have been voted the World’s Best Hotel Brand by Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards, 2013. This ranking is the result of a Readers’ Poll conducted by the magazine. Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are amongst the most prestigious in the international travel industry as it is the readers who define excellence in hospitality and travel. P R S Oberoi, Executive Chairman, The Oberoi Group said,

NEWS | Starwood forays Four Points by Sheraton into Lima, Peru

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., last week debuted Four Points by Sheraton brand in Peru with the new Four Points by Sheraton Miraflores owned by Top Rank Group LLC and managed by Interamerican Promo Hotels. The 134-room hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, the upscale business district known for its gardens, parks and fountains, high-end shops, upscale restaurants and entertainment. “We are delighted to mark the entry of the Four Points by Sheraton brand into Peru, one of the most dynamic travel markets in Latin America,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, Co-President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Americas.

NEWS | Chesapeake Lodging Trust acquires Hyatt Santa Barbara

Chesapeake Lodging Trust and Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced that the Trust has acquired the fee simple interest in the Hyatt Santa Barbara and two adjoining properties totaling 200 rooms from a Hyatt affiliate for USD 61.0 million, or approximately USD 305,000 per key. The Trust entered into a management agreement with HEI Hotels and Resorts to operate the hotel under a franchise agreement with a Hyatt affiliate. The property comprises the 171-room Hyatt Santa Barbara, the 24-room Parkside Inn and a five-villa apartment building that is currently used for long-term, monthly lease stays.