Hotel Business

Wobbly Starwood Opens Itself to Suitors. Experts Predict Merger With IHG or Offer from Hilton Hotels. Interim CEO Unhappy With Sheraton Brand.

Posted: May 1, 2015 at 8:48 am   /   Hotel Business

THE U.S. financial media is agog with speculation that Starwood is up for either a merger or an acquisition. The buzz got louder and louder after the leading hospitality brand with significant Indian interests appointed the international banker, Lazard, to guide it through what the global travel intelligence website,, describes as a process that […]

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From March 1, Le Meridien Flag to Fly on Pullman Gurgaon Central Park; Latest Recipe to Replace Sen5es

Posted: February 19, 2015 at 8:40 am   /   Hotel Business

ANYONE going to <strong”>Pullman Gurgaon Central Park would see areas of the hotel shuttered off, the lobby torn out for a makeover, and its celebrated restaurants – Sen5es and La Riviera – moved to the tenth floor. So, what’s happening at the country’s first Pullman, a fast-growing brand of the rapidly proliferating Accor group. Well, […]

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World’s 1,000th Courtyard by Marriott Formally Opens in Agra Today

Posted: February 19, 2015 at 8:34 am   /   Hotel Business

THE WORLD 1,000th Courtyard by Marriott has opened in Agra, just five minutes away from the Taj Mahal, and to kick-off the global celebration of this milestone, the businessman’s hotel is throwing a bash presided over by Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President (South Asia), Mariott International. Located at Taj Nagri, Phase-II, Fatehabad Road, the minimally […]

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Starwood President & CEO Quits on Eve of India Immersion of Global Hotel Operator’s Top Leadership

Posted: February 17, 2015 at 8:25 am   /   Hotel Business

US-based hospitality behemoth manages prestigious brands such as St Regis, The Luxury Collection, Westin, Sheraton and Le Meridien; eyes 100-hotels mark in India by 2016 WHAT IS it about India that causes shake-ups in international hotel chains? Just as we were getting excited about the Starwood global leadership’s month-long “immersion” in India starting from March […]

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The Oberoi Group Sweeps 11 Positions in Tripadvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards

Posted: January 23, 2015 at 8:19 am   /   Hotel Business

TRIPADVISOR’S 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards, the list that the hospitality industry awaits with much anticipation, and fear, is out. It should bring joy to The Oberoi group, which has swept the awards with 11 spots in the Top 25 Hotels in India, and gloom to ITC, which is conspicuous by its absence in the list […]

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THE NEWS BRIEFLY: Le Cirque’s Star in Exit Mode; Vella Ramaswamy Heads Home; Vikramjit Roy Returns with Nian; and a Greek Skydeck

Posted: August 30, 2014 at 8:14 am   /   Hotel Business

DELHI’S five-star hotels are heading for a churn because of exits by familiar faces and entrances by new arrivals.The big news is that Le Cirque‘s Abhay Singh ‘Mickey’ Bhoite is going back home to Italy, where he plans to settle down in Florence (closer to his collection of more than 60 venomous snakes, who are […]

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Luxury Hotel Company Kempinski Eyes Expansion in Mumbai, Kolkata and Kerala

Posted: May 23, 2014 at 8:07 am   /   Hotel Business

This story first appeared in Mail Today in the edition dated May 23, 2014. Copyright: Mail Today Newspapers THE world’s oldest operator of luxury hotels, Kempinski, is in talks with potential partners for opening a property each in Mumbai and Kolkata, and a resort in Kerala. Sharing this information with the hospitality industry media at […]

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The Leela’s Patriarch May Be No More, But His Vision Will Continue To Guide His Hotel Chain

Posted: May 17, 2014 at 8:03 am   /   Hotel Business

CAPTAIN C.P. KRISHNAN NAIRBorn: February 9, 1922Dead: May 17, 2014 I met the visionary behind The Leela chain of luxury hotels for the last time last year, after he had presided over a seamless succession for his two sons, Vivek and Dinesh Nair. He left an indelible impression on me as he outlined the group’s […]

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Rs 9-Lakh-A-Night Suite to Top Attractions at Jaipur’s Refurbished Rajmahal Palace

Posted: May 16, 2014 at 7:58 am   /   Hotel Business

This news report first appeared in the Mail Today dated 16 May 2014.Copyright: Mail Today Newspapers. A JAIPUR palace, which has had Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and Jackie Kennedy as house guests, and was previously managed by the Taj group of hotels, is all set to come back to life as a bespoke destination […]

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On The Day After National Public Relations Day, Spare A Thought for Hospitality PRs

Posted: April 22, 2014 at 7:54 am   /   Hotel Business

WHENEVER Richa Sharma of ITC Hotels sends me a ‘thank you’ text early in the morning for a cheeky story I may have written about Bukhara, or some other pet peeve, I can feel the searing heat of her irony. I call her up at once, she makes her point, and then it’s business as […]

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