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The Good, Bad and Confusing

A month after the GST regime was unrolled, we find out how the hospitality industry is coping with one of the world’s largest and most complex tax reforms By Vinita Bhatia One nation, one market, one tax – that was the underlying premise and promise on which Goods and Services Tax (GST) was structured. Sections of the business world were excited about the new tax regime that promised to unify the plethora o ...

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The Walking Dread

Tracy Dong, lead advisor, APAC of IDeaS Revenue Solutions explains why Indian hotels need an overbooking strategy No Indian hotelier likes having to walk a guest due to an overbooking situation – just ask any front desk manager who has to deal with irate customers when they have been informed the room they booked is not available, and they have to be relocated. Walking a paying guest can be hard and unpleas ...

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Radiant Options

Illumination is fast becoming a tool to showcase architecture and design in a different perspective altogether, rather than just its original form and function. While designing lighting systems, the size and shape of the space, traffic pattern, function or task requirements of each zone, all together decide the particular type and intensity of luminaries to be installed. Lighting accounts for more than one ...

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Safety First

Security systems today play an important role, not only in ensuring safety, but also in facilitating a building's performance Most guests do not look for safety services before picking any hotel but it is a top concern for hoteliers. A secure system not only ensures that the structure is resistant to theft, fraud or criminal attacks, but also aids its managers to detect faults and difficulties in the proper ...

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Skin Deep

The extensive world of surface finishes helps hoteliers embrace a richer ambience at lower cost and easier application The hospitality industry is a competitive market where hotels need to leave a great first impression. Being updated and designed for a comfortable, yet effective environment, the key to success is having well designed spaces that appeals to guests. The beauty of this environment must be ble ...

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A Luxe Affair

Architects and interior designers are re-interpreted the idea of bathrooms to create areas that offer stylish spaces for relaxation and revitalisation The industry is seeing growing acceptance for modern and contemporary design in the guestroom bathroom, and many properties are focusing on how to make the space feel more expansive and edgier. In the past, there was a pretty standard formula of toilet, vanit ...

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Cool Winds of Change

Given the increasing energy costs, hotels are showing a growing inclination to invest in energy-management solutions Air conditioning systems account for approximately 50-60% of the total energy borne by any hotel building. Increasing demand for energy not only adds to the bottom line, but also exerts adverse impact on the surrounding. To keep this in check, many hoteliers have started investing in energy-m ...

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Take the Floor

Introduction of newer materials is providing architects, interior designers and property owners with a wealth of flooring options to choose from Flooring deserves valuable attention and care just like any other decor element. With the emergence of newer technologies, floors can now be tough, safe and eye-catching — all in the same breath. Choosing the right floor for any space is important as it takes part ...

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The Space Odyssey

The hospitality industry is making great strides in innovation with state-of-the-art building materials, design, systems, services and more By Shristi Nangalia A hotel building is constantly active; it is a space where guests seek comfort, luxury and convenience. It is also required to serve as an efficient workspace for its staff and employees enabling them to ensure smooth flow of services. Designers, dev ...

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Thought For Food

In an exclusive interview, Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal talks about the transformation of the Indian food economy, the growth of the F&B industry and more By SHAFQUAT ALI FOOD REVOLUTION With the food revolution sweeping India, how are you improving the food-processing sector to try and match up to international standards? The mandate of my ministry is to promote creati ...

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