sbe Announces The Launch Of New Luxury Global Lifestyle Hotel Brand – The House Of Originals


New York, NY - sbe, a leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning global hospitality brands, announced at the Berlin Hospitality Conference, the launch of its new luxury global brand, The House of Originals in partnership with Accor. The House of Originals is a luxury collection of properties from sbe featuring a bold spirit that challenges and inspires. sbe is thrilled to launch this new hotel brand collection which will include the Sanderson and St. Martins Lane in London, 10 Karakoy in Istanbul, and the Shore Club in Miami Beach.

The House of Originals combines the best of what sbe has to offer. This new brand will create a community for its guests, predicated on luxury experiences and centered around sbe's iconic culinary and mixology offerings. Further, the support of sbe's partner, Accor, will be critical in establishing the brand internationally by offering sbe's customers and partners access to an unparalleled global distribution and procurement infrastructure.

Sam Nazarian, Founder & CEO of sbe states: "At sbe we are always looking to create memorable experiences. The House of Originals will include our existing incredible destinations, the Sanderson, St Martins Lane, Shore Club and 10 Karaköy and create a community and network of unique global properties. I am proud to partner on this project very closely with the Accor team and Gaurav BHUSHAN, Accor's Head of Global Development who will provide us invaluable support in helping us create a truly international suite of properties."

Gaurav Bhushan, Chief Development Officer Accor states: "The lifestyle market continues to grow rapidly and has one of fastest growth rates in the industry. Accor has had very strong acceleration in the lifestyle sector and now offers the widest portfolio, with 10 brands to be developed internationally from economy to luxury. The House of Originals is the perfect combination of sbe's know-how in entertainment and F&B, and will benefit from Accor's global platform, particularly in terms of distribution, loyalty and network development. With already 5 new hotels in the pipeline and an exciting pipeline underway in key gateway cities such as Dubai, London and Paris, this brand brings a new lifestyle flavor into the Accor portfolio."

The House of Originals is a collection of luxury hotels that are individually special to the city in which each resides. These inspiring properties are recognized as trailblazers, setting a standard of hospitality and experience that makes every hotel iconic in its own right. For every hotel in this collection, there is an undying spirit and promise of originality.

IHCL has a new business vertical ‘Ama Trails & Stays’

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The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), the parent company of Taj hotels, announced a foray into the plantation trails and homestay category with a new business vertical called ‘Ama Trails & Stays’, on February 19. IHCL MD and CEO, Puneet Chhatwal, said the company will open branded heritage bungalows and guest houses across the country, starting with eight in Coorg’s coffee estates, and one near Chikmaglur. Ama will also begin operations on two more units in Goa, both in the Candolim area.

Ama is part of IHCL’s five-year business strategy plan laid out earlier, called Aspiration 2022, to ‘restructure, reengineer and reimagine’ the company. IHCL has signed a management contract for the nine heritage bungalows with Tata Coffee in the south, to “leverage Tata Group synergies”.

“Many of these were properties and guest houses owned by various Tata group companies,” he said, speaking at the company’s second Capital Markets Day presentation. “Ama helps us create new value for our guests—and Taj InnerCircle loyalty programme members in particular—at no extra cost. For instance, our general manager in Coorg could be roped in to manage these homestays too.”

Guests will be able to use their loyalty points, and begin bookings from March 1.

These bungalows will have basic amenities, and some might have butler services. “It will be the old definition of a hotel—a home away from home,” he says. “We’re starting with 11 but hope to scale up to 100 such properties by the end of 2020, and wish to attract some non-group bungalows too.”

In the southern bungalows, guests will be able to tour plantations, go birding and play golf.

Chhatwal says that this isn’t an Airbnb or vacation rental model that the group is looking to pursue at the moment. “I would not say our strategies are not driven by Airbnb or others like it—but here was an opportunity to strengthen our loyalty programme and offer something new, and this opportunity didn’t cost us to invest, it was there to come and grab. So we did. We have no plans to get into the timeshare business, but from time to time, we want to create luxury residences like with Taj Wellington Mews, which makes a lot of money. But for now, we have many other things to focus on in our lifecycle at the moment, before we tackle timeshare.”

Chhatwal also said that the company’s business model has shifted to include more management contracts, up from 32 percent in March 2018 to 38 percent currently. They have signed 20 new properties this year, with the highest number of them coming from either end of the spectrum—the high-end Taj brand has seen eight new signings (including ones at Lonavla and Dubai); and seven in the budget Ginger hotel brand. “The next financial year will be about signings as well as openings,” he said. “We will open a minimum of one hotel every month, starting with the Cidade de Goa in April, for which we have won the management contract. Something has to go dramatically wrong for that not to happen.”

When Chhatwal took over as CEO 16 months ago, he reversed the group’s plan to brand all group hotels as ‘Taj’, part of a large rollout branding strategy called ‘Tajness’.

“When I looked at the brandscape, I saw so many possible businesses in their own right—Vivanta, Ginger and so on,” he said. “We’re working on their holistic potential and how to unlock each of their value.”

Additionally, IHCL is also working on building individual businesses of its in-hotel brands, such as its famed restaurant brands, the exclusive members-only Chambers, and their craft store, Khazana. “These haven’t changed much in decades and need a rethink. We will change the value proposition so that they are great businesses in themselves, and can create value even outside of the hotels,” he said.

9th India International Hotel, Travel & Tourism Research Conference

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Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology has organized 9th India International Hotel, Travel & Tourism Research Conference on 15th and 16th February, 2019. The conference which is NAAC Approved covers related fields of the respective industries through application of theory and practices with perspective of education, business, industry, services, humanity, environment, and government.  The previous conferences held at BCIHMCT, were well attended by national and international delegates from India, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Spain, UK, Taiwan, USA, Canada, South Korea, Israel, Thailand and Malaysia.

Mr. Achin Khanna, Managing Partner- Strategic Advisory HOTELiVATE shall grace the opening ceremony as the Chief Guest. The programme will include Panel Discussion, Workshops as well as formal presentations along with Keynote addresses from the eminent speakers namely, Dr. Nitin Malik, Joint Registrar, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, and Professor Parikshat Manhas, Director, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management (SHTM), University of Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir, India.  

Original articles, research papers and case studies that highlight the issues related to the theme in different aspects from academicians, practitioners and policy makers are being considered.  Selected Quality papers shall be published in the annual Hospitality Management Journal, “Indian Journal of Applied Hospitality & Tourism Research” Vol. 11, (ISSN 0975-4954). The journal is indexed with ISRA. Selected papers from the conference will also be published in an ISBN Book no. 978-81-920850-8-1.

AHPW (Association of hospitality professionals welfareIndia ) Western region is meeting on 20th Jan @ Country Club Mumbai.


AHPW (Association of hospitality professionals welfareIndia ) Western region is meeting on 20th Jan @ Country Club Mumbai.

AHPW (Association of hospitality professionals welfareIndia ) A body established towards the end of  2018. The only largest and registered body under Society act 1860 & a national body for the welfare of hospitality professionals in India.  “The voice of Hospitality Professionals “ wish one and all today a very happy prosperous year ahead and thank you for coming here and encouraging us.

WHO ARE WE?  Stalwarts, who have given more then three decades of their career to the industry, join hands to form the association with one mission that is Recognition and awards from the government tourism body accepting our dedication that we put in be it festivals or holidays. We are like the Doctors and Engineers we also call ourselves Solders oversee events 24 by seven.

Air and food are the very basic for all human and even animals alike. We take pride that we at least take care of one.    We want more and more youngsters taking hospitality as their careers and start progress towards it early. Now it is time we give back to the industry what the industry has given us.

OUR GOAL: To bring about the desired interest among students to take Hospitality as a career , set training units and train the under privileged on soft skills and hand over certificates for them to get employed. We also will surely attempt to put them on jobs. 

PURPOSE OF THE MEET: Today we meet to recognize some of our colleagues who have grown from ranks and achieved their peak putting in hard work but not been given due recognition they dully deserve.

We wish to announce the efforts put in by our fonder President Mr.PradeepChandelunder the advise of veteran Mohan Kumar ex Taj regional Director who have conceptualized how the AHPW Inida will move forward with their vision and mission. We solicit members from the industry to join hands and help the movement taking it the highest level where collectively be heard and recognized. 

We have plans which would be put to action soon. The voice of hospitality will develop to a roar of hospitality, and we have taken the baby step towards it.   

Do look up our official web site


We have divided responsibilities by regions across pan India WEST NORTH SOUTH CENTRAL appointing Regional VP who will oversee the growth in memberships and have AVP, VP, executive members to share responsibility.

Shankar Bharadwaj a Mumbaikar by birth, NRI in status still,  and a hospitality consultant in the Gulf , will take the oath officially as Regional Vice President for west zone.


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New Hotel Openings in Asia, Europe, U.S

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International luxury travel network Virtuoso has provided an early look at some of the newest members of its Hotels & Resorts program. With openings from November through next summer, these hotels stretch across the globe and include locations in Vietnam, Grenada, United Kingdom, Bhutan, Hong Kong, the United States and Italy.

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, Vietnam – This 26-villa beachfront property opened November 15. Situated on 18 acres of tropical gardens, the villas here offer infinity pools, wine cellars and personal butler service.

Silversands Grenada, Grenada – Opened December 1, this Caribbean resort sits off Grand Anse beach and offers local experiences like waterfall chasing and organic farm visits.

Belmond Cadogan Hotel, United Kingdom – Located between Chelsea and Knightsbridge, the 54-room property will open winter 2019. To relax, guests can visit the hotel’s private garden for a picnic or tennis game.

Six Senses Bhutan, Bhutan – Spread across five resorts in different locations, Six Senses Bhutan will begin opening winter 2018.

Rosewood Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Located in the new Victoria Dockside arts and culture district, this property’s hotel and residences will occupy 43 floors of a multi-use waterfront tower. The location will open winter 2019.

The Lodge at Blue Sky, United States - Situated on a 3,500-acre ranch near Park City, Utah, this resort will open spring 2019. Activities here will include horseback riding and fly fishing in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Italy – At the top of the Spanish Steps and minutes from the Trevi Fountain, this 18th century palace-turned-hotel will begin welcoming guests spring 2019. The property will offer three restaurants, a rooftop bar and a two-floor spa and wellness facility.

Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards, New York City, United States – This property will mark the first luxury-lifestyle Equinox Hotel. Located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood, the hotel will open summer 2019.

Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, Italy - Opening summer 2019, this ski resort will encompass 23 wellness residences and 88 suites.

NCHM JEE 2019 Announced

NCHM JEE 2019 for admission to “3years 6 semesters B.Sc.(HHA) Program” in more than 63 IHMs (Govt. as well as Private) under the academic umbrella of NCHMCT will be opened by ‘National Testing Agency’ on 15th January 2019 at and the tentative date of on-line NCHM JEE 2019 Exam is 27th April 2019 (last Saturday of the month of April, as per the usual schedule so far maintained by NCHMCT).

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