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WelcomHeritage introduces first farm-stay property, Ranjitvilas, Amritsar

WelcomHeritage has launched the first farm-stay hotel in its portfolio, Ranjitvilas, in Amritsar. This is the company’s 33rd operational property of 40 alliances, spanning 15 states. Developed and approved by the Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board under its Farm Tourism Scheme, Ranjit Vilas was built by the family members of Late Sardar Ranjit Singh Makhni who wanted his family to live jointly in ...

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Harkaran Singh Sethi appointed as F&B Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Chennai

Harkaran Singh Sethi has been appointed as F&B Manager at Courtyard by Marriott Chennai. He joins the hotel after successful stints with JW Marriott in Pune, JW Marriott Bengaluru and The Lalit Mumbai, Harkaran. A graduate from IHM Bhopal, he was also part of the pre-opening team of ITC Gardenia. In his additional responsibilities at The Lalit Hotels, Sethi was the corporate F&B trainer for all its ...

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Sarovar Hotels debuts Hometel overseas with property signing in Nairobi

Sarovar Hotels has announced the overseas debut of its value brand, Hometel, with the signing of a hotel in Nairobi. The hotel, Tetezi Hometel Nairobi, will mark Sarovar Hotel’s fourth offering in Kenya’s capital after The Heron Portico, The Zehneria Portico and The Lazizi Premiere. With this, the brand will exceed a total of 400 keys in Nairobi and 800 keys in Africa. The 80-key Tetezi Hometel is located a ...

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Gaurav Singh is Multi-Property General Manager

Marriott International has appointed Gaurav Singh as Multi Property General Manager for Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road, Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Outer Ring Road and Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Rajajinagar. His career began with the Marriott family in the year 2013, prior to which he worked with ITC, Oberoi and the Leela Group of Hotels. In his most recent position, he was the ‘Ge ...

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Golden Rules

Complied by Raynah Coutinho Michael Romei, general secretary of Union Internationale des Concierges d”Hôtels, was in Bengaluru to hone the skills of Les Clefs d’Or India — the association’s youngest member. He shares his golden rules with the association symbolised by the golden keys: The foremost rule for concierges is responsiveness. For instance, a lot of queries come to you ...

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Jury Speak: Nominate to win

Everyone wants to win! As the nomination deadline for the third edition of Hotelier India Awards draws near, we spoke to the jury to help guide the contenders. Since the awards honour individuals rather than institutions, your nomination form is crucial. Time is of essence and brevity in responses accompanied by substantiation would be welcome, they said. As one of the jury pointed out, “Use bullet po ...

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A saucy affair

Chips without ketchup? Hot dogs without mayonnaise? Mashed potatoes without gravy? There’s no denying that without the right sauce, even the most basic food would fall short of expectation. But there’s a lot more to sauces and dressings besides ketchup, mayo or gravy. Created as accompaniments to dishes, sauce and dressings are an invaluable addition to the meal. Designed to enhance the ingredie ...

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The bottom-line

Usually floors can be completely taken for granted when perfectly laid, but if there’s merely one thing wrong with them, they suddenly become the focus of all guest attention. If they’re laid at the wrong angle or are too smooth or too waxed or too wet, or if the carpet’s given way in patches, or if they’re simply uneven, floors don’t just ruin the interiors scheme, they close ...

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Trademarks and geography

Neel Mason from Mason & Associates, specialising in intellectual property rights, speaks to Shalini Seth about copyright and trademark issues in India In light of recent cases, what do you think is the status of trademark laws in the country? Mason: One of the principles of this law is acquiescence – if you have allowed someone to grow you don’t have the right to stop them even though you ma ...

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A toast to the new age summer cocktail

This summer, guests may encounter a barman that’s less interested in impressing them with some deft-handed flairing and instead spot him indulging in what look like science experiments. From blending machines that have USB ports for recipes, to drinks that have to be prepared with liquid nitrogen, these days there’s plenty of exciting innovations with which to thrill a thirsty traveller. Mixolog ...

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