Today, Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced the resignation of Fiona Arnold, executive vice president and general counsel, to be effective upon the hiring of her successor. Ms. Arnold joined the company in 2006 and has been general counsel since April 2007. “Fiona has been an integral part of the success of Vail Resorts over the past seven years, both as general counsel and as part of the senior leadership team of the Company,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer. “Under her leadership, the Company made tremendous strides in its legal, risk, governance and compliance efforts and she leaves behind an organization operating at the highest level in all of these critical areas.
International quick service restaurant chains (QSR), find the ‘large’ Indian market more appetising compared with their shrinking markets back home. Anuradha Makhija, master franchise and CEO, Yo Yo Noodle, said, “The Indian market is almost 13 times bigger than the UK market, and since there are not enough Chinese QSR brands in India, it is the right time to enter this market.” The 2-year-old QSR brand in the UK would be selling its Yo Yo Noodle in a box format, priced above Rs 200, with plans to launch 200 outlets across the country. South Africa’s Famous Brands is also entering the India with its Debonairs Pizza. Emulating the doorstep free-home-delivery model of pizza chains such as Dominos, Debonairs Pizza would localise its offerings to suit the Indian palate. Kevin Hedderwick, CEO, Famous Brands, says,
Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR) has said that it finds the legal procedure of acquiring multiple licenses to enter the market as a ‘legalized extortion’ leading to ‘corrupt practices.’ A report in the Times of India said that that dance bars require more than 40 licenses and depending on the size of the establishment, it can go up to 80 to secure a permit. Shashikant Shetty, general secretary of AHAR, the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association, said, "We doubt if oil refineries or nuclear power plants require so many licences. They result in legalised extortion and corrupt practices." One-time dance bar owner Manjeet Singh Sethi said it was time associations such as AHAR approached the SC to obtain a one-window clearance. "The government should end this inspector raj, otherwise, despite the SC verdict declaring dance bars legal, getting licences will remain a headache," he said.
Chen has been the general manager at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., since 2011. He oversaw a total renovation and repositioning of this widely acclaimed resort. He studied at the Hotel School at Intercontinental in Sydney and has been in the hospitality business since 1990, working for independent hotels as well as the Ritz-Carlton in locations around the world, including mountain properties such as Bachelor Gulch, Telluride and Vail.
Four Seasons veteran Sebastien Carre has been appointed General Manager and will assume the position August 1, 2013 to begin preparations to re-open the property as Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg. A native of Lyon, France, Carre's ten-year career with Four Seasons began in Washington, where he was Hotel Manager, and in 2006 he was appointed opening General Manager for Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. His most recent position, as General Manager at the company's Red Sea resort at Sharm El Sheikh, was his second tour of duty in Africa, having previously worked at a resort in Mauritius.
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Vegetarian thali restaurant, Khandani Rajdhani has launched the fifth outlet of Delhi NCR, making it the 35th outlet in the country. Located at the Restaurant Block, DLF Place, the latest unit is spread across 2,800 sq ft with a seating capacity of 84 guests.
Madhur Bhandarkar, Indian filmmaker, was the Guest of Honour inaugurated the outlet in the presence of Aji Nair, Vice President, F&B Division, Mirah Hospitality; Shibani Kashyap, Indian singer; Aditya Bal, model and food enthusiast; and Navneet Kaur Dhillon, Miss India World 2013, as per a release. A musical afternoon was organised to celebrate the opening of the restaurant. Rajdhani is the flagship brand of Mirah Hospitality. Nair said, “We are happy to inaugurate our fifth unit in Delhi today.
The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) will empanel hotels in New Delhi to make up for the room crunch at Kerala House in the city. "KTDC had called for an expression of interest from two- to four-star hotels within the Delhi metro area for a period of three years, and the response has been great," a top KTDC official was quoted as saying in a report by Sangeetha Nair in The Times of India. Unlike the Kerala House, where rooms are booked through the Kerala government's General Administration (Political-A) Department,
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has entered into a management agreement with Kamala Bay Ventures Co., Ltd. for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Phuket, Thailand. The property will be the first Hyatt-branded resort to open in Phuket. Expected to open later this year, the 202-room Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort will join two existing Hyatt-branded hotels in Thailand, namely Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, and Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, as per a release.
In order to develop a portfolio of 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels across Australia, Pro Invest Group has established a USD 150-million fund. The investment company has created a property development and hotel operating company to build and operate the properties, totalling approximately 2,100 rooms, in central business, suburban and airport locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) will enter into franchise agreements for each of the hotels under a multiple development agreement signed between the two companies.