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Cabinet approves initiation of the process of disinvestment of ITDC properties

Cabinet approves initiation of the process of disinvestment of ITDC properties

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the initiation of the process of disinvestment of hotels/properties of the India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (ITDC). 

Service charge in restaurants not mandatory; govt issues guidelines

Service charge in restaurants not mandatory; govt issues guidelines

Ram Vilas Paswan has said that service charge in restaurants is totally voluntary and not mandatory.

GoFro offers facility to compare holiday packages

GoFro offers facility to compare holiday packages

After air fares and hotels, tourists can now compare holiday packages on a single platform with travel online marketplace GoFro partnering with 12 major industry players to offer the facility.

Service charge at restaurants, hotels not compulsory any more; government to issue advisory

Service charge at restaurants, hotels not compulsory any more; government to issue advisory

The government plans to issue an advisory to states asking them to crack down against unfair imposition of service charge on food and drink bills, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday.

Bar-highway distance measurement begins in Gurgaon

Gurgaon administration has started the process of measuring the motorable distance of 500 metres for pubs, bars and hotels from the national and state highways here.

89% want eatery service charge removed : Survey

89% want eatery service charge removed : Survey

Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed in a recent survey wanted the service charge levied by restaurants to be completely removed.

Service charge: 68% of Indians say it should be optional, 27% against it

Service charge: 68% of Indians say it should be optional, 27% against it

In what could go against hotels and restaurants, sixty eight percent of respondents in a nation-wide survey has said that it should be optional while 27 percent of them were against it.

 Imposing service charge is unfair trade practice; consumers need not pay: Ram Vilas Paswan

Imposing service charge is unfair trade practice; consumers need not pay: Ram Vilas Paswan

Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Wednesday that imposition of service charge is unfair trade practice and consumers need not pay for the same.

Permission for release of 'Kabali' in 5-star hotels rejected

Permission for release of 'Kabali' in 5-star hotels rejected

Authorities have declined permission to screen Rajinikanth's much hyped movie "Kabali" in five star hotels here.

Abu Dhabi hotel guests to pay new fee on bills - Know what it is

Hotel guests in Abu Dhabi will start paying a municipal fee of four percent of their hotel bill and an additional charge per night starting from June 1.

Carlson Rezidor to open 16 hotels across India by end of 2017

Carlson Rezidor to open 16 hotels across India by end of 2017

Betting big on India, Global hospitality major Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is planning to set up 16 more hotels across the country by the end of next year.

OYO Rooms ties up with Airtel for wi-fi, DTH services

OYO Rooms Wednesday announced a tie-up with Bharti Airtel, under which the telecom major will provide its wi-fi and DTH services in OYO branded hotels, initially covering 3,000 rooms within the next three months.

Marriott International to acquire Starwood for $12.2 billion

Marriott International to acquire Starwood for $12.2 billion

In one of the mega takeovers in global hospitality industry, Marriott International Inc will acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in a deal valued at around USD 12.2 billion, creating the world's largest hotel company.

Atithi Devo Bhava! Really? This Pakistani family spent night on Mumbai footpath – know why

A Pakistani family which arrived here to visit the Haji Ali 'dargah' to pray for their mentally-challenged son was refused accommodation by several hotels in the city following which they spent the night on a pavement.

Indian hotel industry to touch $1.8 bn mark by 2016: ICRA

The domestic hotel industry is estimated to touch USD 1.8 billion by 2016, from USD 0.8 billion presently, buoyed by rise in online bookings, an ICRA report has said.

Going to spas, clubs, gyms to be costlier in Delhi from today

Going to spa, gymnasium and living in expensive rooms in hotels will become costlier from Saturday with the Delhi government notifying the increase in luxury tax.

Service charge collected by hotels is not service tax: FinMin

The government Tuesday clarified that "service charge" collected by certain restaurants and hotels is not "service tax", which is levied at a rate of 5.6 percent on the total bill.

MakeMyTrip to raise hotel options up to 40,000 in 2-3 years

Comprehensive travel website MakeMyTrip on Tuesday said it is planning to increase its accommodation options to up to 40,000 hotels in 2-3 years.

Mirach fiasco: Sahara initiates legal action; eyes new deal

Accusing Mirach Capital of "cheating and forgery" in the failed USD 2.05 billion loan arrangement, Sahara today said it has initiated legal action against the US-based firm and it is now working on a new deal to raise funds to secure bail for its chief Subrata Roy.

Sahara saga: Mirach says 3 hotels can fetch maximum $1.67 billion

As the blame-game continues over their floundered deal, US-based Mirach Capital has claimed that Sahara's three overseas hotels can fetch a maximum valuation of USD 1.67 billion (Rs 10,400 crore).