McDonald's had over the last weekend carried advertisements in newspapers seeking to get traffic at its outlets by allegedly disparaging home cooked food and healthy vegetables. A full page advertisement by McDonald's in newspapers had said, "Stuck with Ghiya-Tori Again? Make the 1+1 Combo you love".
The luxury hospitality brand, which started operations three years ago and currently owns and operates all its hotels, is also considering entering into new management contracts to expand further and plans to launch separate standalone outlets of its inhouse food brands.
Hilton said Raghavan's new role will see him focusing exclusively on India, working closely with Hilton’s leadership team to drive culture and talent development among Hilton's team members in the country. “At Hilton, we are in a people-serving-people business and our Team Members are at the heart of what we do,” said Navjit Ahluwalia, Hilton, India.
Restaurants are currently levied a 5% GST, but they can’t claim the input tax credit against the tax they paid on raw materials and other expenses like rent. GST rate on restaurants was slashed to 5% from 18% in November 2017. While levying of 18% allowed them to claim input tax credit, under the 5% rate, they can’t do that.
“Of all the potential names in the running, talks with most have fizzled out because both sides haven’t been able to reach a consensus on the conditions,” one executive said. Other conditions are non-exclusivity, which means any other company can also be given a franchise to open McDonald’s outlets.
Hotel chains said the offers are for the peak season and aimed at boosting occupancy, getting more people to sign on to loyalty programmes, and improving recall and positioning of existing brands. Hotel chain Accor is running the ‘starting from’ offer for Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai, where prices for rooms start from as low as Rs 2,799.
Keys Hotels are present in 16 cities including Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Goa, Gurugram, Kochi, Kolhapur, Ludhiana, Mahabaleshwar, Manali, Mumbai, Pune, Port Blair, Trivandrum and Vishakapatnam. Of these, Lemon Tree already has a presence in 7 destinations and these Keys Hotels add to the depth of coverage in those cities.
Accor said through the 'strategic collaboration' the chain plans to develop a series of digital applications and loyalty programs to improve the consumer and traveler experience over the next five years. The chain said the collaboration will leverage Alibaba’s 700 million consumers across its China retail marketplaces.
Hannaford is currently working as the area director of sales and marketing at Accor New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia leading the sales, marketing and distribution. In 2007 Hannaford was appointed to head sales, distribution and revenue management for Australia and then moved to New York City as the v-p of global sales for North America.
Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Vice-President of FHRAI, told ET that the association had written to the commerce ministry in this regard last month, and that it has been asked to prepare documents on the matter.
From inhouse organic gardens, strict farm-to-fork policies and consumer awareness and education initiatives to menus built around local, seasonal produce and reducing food loss and wastage, some leading eateries have stepped up their commitment to sustainability, in the process changing the way well-heeled urban Indians dine out.
LocalCircles said it has received lots of feedback on draft e commerce rules as well as the workings of online travel and accommodation booking sites and that as per a recent consumer survey conducted on the subject, 60% of the consumers felt convenience fee is not disclosed to the consumer.