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NEWS | Movenpick Hotel Ramallah leads green initiatives in Palestine

Since its opening in 2010, the Movenpick Hotel Ramallah in Palestine, has been engaged in numerous environmental activities, following Movenpick Hotels&Resorts’ corporate responsibility business strategy. With their innovative approach to “Go Green,” this luxury property sets an example in the West Bank region, and their efforts were awarded Green Globe certification. “We are delighted to be the first hotel and company in Palestine certified by Green Globe,” said Michael Goetz, General Manager at the Movenpick Hotel Ramallah.

NEWS | Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi incorporates guest feedback; bags TripAdvisor award

Utilizing guest feedback in making constructional amendments has proved beneficial said Javed Ali, Vice President & General Manager at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi. “They're delighted to see their suggestions being incorporated, whether it’s the super efficient sound insulation on the windows, the brighter lighting or the incorporation of the latest technological conveniences - the plug and play media hubs in each room or the international style power plugs that don't require adaptors, wherever in the world our guests come from” said he. Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi and its famed restaurant The Great Kabab Factory(TGKF) received Certificate of Excellence awards from Trip Advisor for top performance in hospitality and culinary expertise, respectively . 

NEWS | Omaxe to develop a Holiday Inn property in Chandigarh

Real estate firm, Omaxe Ltd will invest Rs 200 crore to develop a Holiday Inn property in Omaxe’s integrated township - Omaxe New Chandigarh. The real estate group has tied up with The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), who will manage the hospitality service of the 150-room hotel constructed under Omaxe Ltd. The five story property in store 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 | AirAsia aims at expanding base in India with Tune hotels

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia is planning to expand its Tune Hotels - budget hotels - in India. At present it has one in Gujarat. The announcements were made at a press meet were he also announced his initial plans to invest USD 30 million in its Indian joint venture airline with the Tata Group, its chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said. 
 “The potential of India was always there in my eyes. I was waiting for the market to become conducive for us so that we can stay here for a fairly long time and I think the tide is now turning very quickly.

NEWS | Jean-Claude Biguine to open 10th outlet in Mumbai

Premium French salon and spa chain Jean-Claude Biguine (JCB) has announced the launch of their 10th Salon in India on its fifth anniversary. A 1,200 square feet outlet will come up at the upmarket area of Linking Road, Bandra, which is also close to its flagship salon. With the opening of this new outlet, the salon chain will reach a total of 10 outlets in India – eight of which are located in Mumbai and two in Bengaluru.

NEWS | Imposition of service tax on luxury hotels unconstitutional: Kerala HC

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 | Jean-Claude Biguine to open 10th outlet in Mumbai

Premium French salon and spa chain Jean-Claude Biguine (JCB) has announced the launch of their 10th Salon in India on its fifth anniversary. A 1,200 square feet outlet will come up at the upmarket area of Linking Road, Bandra, which is also close to its flagship salon. With the opening of this new outlet, the salon chain will reach a total of 10 outlets in India – eight of which are located in Mumbai and two in Bengaluru. Speaking on the occasion, Dharmendra Manwani, CEO, Jean-Claude Biguine India, said “We launched our 1st salon in Bandra 5 years back, and we have been expanding our business since then.

NEWS | 32 restaurants in Kerala face closure notice over "poor hygiene"

The health department has issued closure notices to 32 restaurants in the Eranakulum district of Kochi for poor hygiene. Notices were issued to restaurants in a special drive conducted by the health department squads following the direction of the district panchayat to prevent infectious diseases. Squads inspected 40 restaurants, covering municipalities such as Kalamassery, Aluva, north Paravoor and Kizhakkambalam, Choornikkara and Cheranelloor grama panchayats.

NEWS | CCD to use AXIS network cameras for surveillanc

Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) has partnered with Axis Communications for installing physical security solutions at over 500 CCD outlets in India. With the Axis surveillance deployment, CCD management can monitor its cafes in real time, across locations. The expected benefits would be increased security, better staff management which will consequently result in enhancing the customer experience overall, the chain said. In this greenfield IP-based surveillance solution from Axis Communications, the company has installed 1000 cameras in 500 stores in the first phase. The management team at CCD was looking for a superior surveillance solution that would help them enhance security, increase productivity and better staff control in order to enhance service standards that would drive greater sales, they said.

NEWS | Gourmet dining may cost more, hoteliers may be forced to revise their price by 10-15%

The record-low rupee is threatening to spoil the taste of gourmet dining, with several five-star hotels mulling a revision of their menu-card rates to offset the spiralling cost of kitchen ingredients. Top-end hotels in India mostly use imported food items like meat, cheese, condiments, wines and liquor to pique the taste buds of their patrons. But with the rupee plumbing new lows,