All chef buddies of UDS Hotels will join hands in the creation of the world’s Biggest Miscellaneous Dessert Pudding. They will also demonstrate their culinary skills and passion for baking and making the desserts.
The massive treat will be unveiled by 10.00 am on the 14th of February 2019 at The UDS Hotel, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram. The desert aiming the world record will weigh 1500 kg (3307 lb).
The Miscellaneous Dessert Pudding is a cake pudding that will be made out of crumbs from sandwich cookies and puddings, in combination with other ingredients. The desert will portray an amazing landscape view with garden, water body and mountains.
UDS Hotels Group has registered this event in the Universal Records Forum and from there it will be taken to the Guinness book of World Records
UAE & KSA account for 94% of new hotel supply
Inaugural Hotel Industry Summit will shine spotlight on infrastructure developments, investment opportunities and digital innovations
UAE hotel supply forecast to grow at CAGR of 6% to 183,718 hotel rooms between 2017 and 2022
Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) showcase in Dubai, which will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019, has announced that it will host the first ATM Hotel Industry Summit as part of its line-up of special events.
The inaugural summit, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 30th April on the Global Stage, will see various panels of experts discuss the latest hotel infrastructure developments, investment opportunities and digital innovations which are shaping the region’s ever-changingindustry.
The UAE’s hospitality market is expected to be worth $7.6 billion annually by 2022, growing at a five-year Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.5% between 2017 and 2022, driven by Dubai’s Expo 2020, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and various other government initiatives to boost travel and tourism across the region.
Over the same period, hotel supply is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6% to 183,718 keys, according to research published in a report by Alpen Capital.
In addition to this, STR data shows that the GCC is expecting an additional 58,761 hotel rooms to enter the market in 2019. The leading contributors are the UAE with 31,517 rooms (53%) in the pipeline; Saudi Arabia with 24,170 (41%); and Oman with 2,984 (5%).
Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, said: “It is important to highlight that the GCC is one of the fastest growing regional hospitality markets on a global scale, with the UAE leading the way as it gears up for Expo 2020 which is now less than two years away.
“Dubai’s hotel supply alone is expected to reach 132,000 in 2019, with the emirate aiming to complete 160,000 hotel rooms by October 2020 – in time to welcome 25 million visitors for Expo 2020.”
The summit will get underway with a session on ‘Regional Development and Investment Hotspots’, highlighting buoyant destinations in the Middle East and explaining the factors behind their underlying growth. This market intelligence will be essential for hotel professionals, management companies, owners and investors – particularly with major infrastructure projects stacking up across the Gulf.
The second session of the day will discuss ‘The New Normal – Digital Transformation Secrets Revealed’, in which panelists will show how hotel groups can boost revenues and guest personalisation by implementing the latest technological tools.
Digital now dominates all facets of modern life including hospitality, from reservations, pre-arrival messages and mobile check-in, to mobile keys, in-room preferences and experiences, upgrades and check-outs.
According to research conducted by Colliers International, personalisation through
Artificial Intelligence (AI) could increase hotel revenues by over 10 percent and reduce costs by more than 15 percent – with hotel operators expecting technology such asvoice and facial recognition, virtual reality and biometrics to be mainstream by 2025.
“Hoteliers have been cautious of technology taking away the human touch from the guest service and overall experience. However, by giving guests the autonomy to choose at each touch point during their hotel stay, hoteliers can learn the right balance between staff interaction and AI-powered, automated customer service,” Curtis said.
Rounding off the first summit will be a discussion on ‘New Hospitality Concepts Making Waves in the Middle East’, as operators target a wider range of visitors and aim to meet the needs of modern travellers, many of whom are yearning for more authentic experiences.
Curtis added: “Highlighting the opportunities that will drive the next era of hospitality in the region, the inaugural ATM Hotel Industry Summit is an exciting addition to what is now a comprehensive 360 industry showcase.
“As well as providing intelligence, insight and advice to attendees, the summit will also help focus minds on the upcoming infrastructure developments, investment opportunities and digital innovations that will continue to shape the industry over the next decade.
ATM – considered by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector, welcomed over 39,000 people to its 2018 event, showcasing the largest exhibition in the history of the show, with hotels comprising 20% of the floor area.
ATM 2019 will build on the success of this year’s edition with a host of seminar sessions discussing the ongoing unprecedented digital disruption, and the emergence of innovative technologies that will fundamentally alter the way in which the hospitality industry operates in the region.0
ASCEND 2019 launches Intelligent Building Plan Management System
Planning to build a house in Kerala and clueless when you would get the permits?
That worry will soon be a thing of the past, as the state government launched today an Intelligent Building Plan Management System (IBPMS) that provides single-point, integrated and holistic online development permissions to applicants in specified timelines for ease of doing business (EODB).
Minister for Industries and Commerce, Mr E P Jayarajanlaunched the systemat ASCEND Kerala 2019 that aims to showcase Kerala as a top-notch investment destination.
Building permission is critical in starting an enterprise.The introduction of the online system will facilitate quick clearances. Permits will now be available in 30 days of the application,” after its launch during the second breakout session on ‘Operationalising Ease of Doing Business Through LSGIs’.
The Minister also gave away certificates to four beneficiaries of Thrissur Corporation, which is the first local body in Kerala to implement this system.
Additional Chief Secretary (LSGD) Mr TK Jose detailed the efforts taken by the government for ease of doing business in the state. This included the formulation of the Kerala Investment Promotion & Facilitation Act, 2018 that revised seven redundant laws. “Only two documents are now needed for getting a trade licence in Kerala:an identity proof and lease deed or legal occupancy certificate,” he added.
KSIDC Managing Director Dr Sharmila Mary Joseph, who is Secretary, Industries, said the Kerala’s EODB index was 47.4 per cent. With the launch of K-SWIFT, IBPMS and InvestKeralaportal at ASCEND2019 today, the EOBD has risen to 62.8 per cent.
The government’s efforts on entrepreneurship promotion won the appreciation of industry bodies including CII, FICCI and Kerala State Small Industries Association (KSSIA), which praised the initiatives to promote ease of doing business and ease of running a business in Kerala.
The other speakers at the breakout session were CII former Chairman (Kerala State Region)Mr P Ganesh; FICCI Member Mr Baby Mathews, KSSIA former State President Mr DamadorAvannoor, Directorate of Urban Affairs Director Ms R Girija and Department of Town and Country Planning Chief Town Planner Ms KS Girija.
A valedictory session that ensued noted that the day-long proceedings acknowledged a positive change that has happened in recent years in Kerala as an investment destination.Minister Jayarajan, speaking to delegates, said Kerala looks forward to ascend from its present EODB index to 95 per cent next year.0
One of the key factors for attracting investors is time-bound quality service, remarked top officials, who shared the policies and best practices of various states during a plenary session at ASCEND Kerala 2019 here on Monday.
An ambitious initiative of the Kerala government, the one-day conclave was aimed at positioning the state as an investment hotspot by showcasing the administrative and policy measures taken to improve the Ease of Doing Business.
The officials, from Haryana and Telangana besides the top bureaucrats of the home state, shared their success stories while attending a session on “Ease of Doing Business-sharing of best practices.”
Shri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary (Industries), Telangana said: “The state has accomplished in getting $21 billion in four-and-a-half years since it has come into being. More than 60 per cent of the ventures have reached the stage of commercial production, and many of them are expansion investments. The state has received investments from 23 different countries,” he explained.
“We have given 15 days for giving approval for applications from investors. If the permission is not given within the time-frame, the investor can start their ventures on the 16th day,” he said.
The official added that an inquiry will be conducted on the delay and salary will be deducted from the official concerned as penalty.
Commenting on the facilities available for the industry, Shri Jayesh said: “We ensure that there is uninterrupted supply of power to the industry. The government also takes the responsibility of providing skilled manpower to the entrepreneurs. As part of the industrial policy, there are multiple kind of incentives to the industry.”
Dr Christy Fernandez, Chairman, KSIDC, who chaired the session, opined that it is necessary to improve the social milieu for the investors who wish to do business in the state. He also added that we have to learn to be proud of our achievements.
Meanwhile, Dr Sharmila Mary Joseph IAS, Secretary, Industries, Govt. of Kerala, and Managing Director, KSIDC, said the government has amended seven acts, 10 rules and issued large number of executive orders and standard operating procedures aiming at the growth of industry. The reform exercise will continue to take Kerala to the top list of industry-friendly states, she said.
Shri Devender Singh, Addl. Chief Secretary (Industries), Haryana; said high quality time-bound service delivery, putting in place strong policy and institutional frameworks, continuous investor engagement through various ways are the secrets that helped Haryana to make it to the third position among the industry-friendly states.
“There are 80-plus enterprises related services and 20-plus departments in one office. Clearances are guaranteed in 45 days (30 days and 15 additional days for clarification) and there is a central inspection system to monitor the process,” he said.
Stating that the state is also harnessing the benefits of social media, Shri Devender said all the information regarding land is available under one website and there is also a dedicated helpdesk system for seamless investor facilitation.0
Clearance to be given within 30 days of application, CM tells ASCEND Kerala 2019
Keen to enddelays and lethargy in approval ofinvestments, the Kerala government launched today an online clearance mechanism that will ensure clearance toproposalswithin 30 days of application.Hon. Chief Minister Mr PinarayiVijayan inaugurated ASCEND Kerala 2019, at which K-SWIFT (Kerala Single Window Interface for Fast, Transparent Clearances) was launched on Monday.
K-SWIFT is a cutting-edge software application that simplifies and speeds up approval of clearances from departments and agencies looking to launchenterprises in the state.
ASCEND Kerala 2019 is an ambitious initiative of the government to position the state as an investment hotspot.
Noting that K-SWIFT complements the notion of rebuilding of Kerala, the CM urged the officials for a change in their attitudetowards entrepreneurs. In this context, he said the 30-day time limit, which is applicable from village to secretariat level, may be reduced to even 15 days in future.
“You should not have the wrong belief that advent ofindustries means exploitation of people,” he said.
“Kerala economy has been consumerist where lots of products have buyers, but not much of production is happening in the state. This has to be change,” he told delegates at Lulu International Convention Centre Grand Hyatt, Bolgatty.“We have to increase MSMEs in the state. Through them, the government aims to provide jobs to around 50,000 people this year.”
The CMalso launched an ‘Invest Kerala Guide’ brought out by the state government’s Department of Industries and Commerce, which is a key organiser of the day-long event that seeks to boost East of Doing Business.
Kerala IndustryMinister Mr E P Jayarajan said ASCEND Kerala 2019 was part of the government’sefforts to form an industry network in the state. Pointing out that a “new era” has dawned upon Kerala’s industry sector,he said any delay in taking steps in the online applications would attract serious steps against the departments and officials.
“Specific industrial parks will be set up in private and public sector as per the types of industry. In rural areas, the area limit will be 25 acres. The urban parks will have 15 acres,” he added. “The government will provide the same facilities of the public parks sector to private parks.”
The Minister revealed that around 36,000 MSME units have been established in the state within its two-and-a-half years,generating 1,24,000 jobs. Mr Jayarajanalso launched the portal of ‘Invest Kerala’that includes details about IBPMS (Intelligent Building Plan Management System).
Dr K Ellangovan, Principal Secretary, Industries, Commerce & NORKA, gave a presentation on ASCEND Kerala 2019,and said Kerala is thecountry’s only state that has amended all the existing rules to streamline and encourage its industry sector.
Mr Tom Jose, Chief Secretary, Govt of Kerala, said in his welcome address that the industry sector’s motto was to convert jobseekers into entrepreneurs.
FICCI National President Mr SandipSomany noted Kerala topped national rankings in sectors such as startups, food-processing and technology. CII Chairman (Southern Region) Mr R Dinesh said Kerala has a unique advantage in knowledge-based industries.
Kerala Small Scale Industries Association President Mr M Khalidalso spoke at the session, where TiE Kerala Chapter President Mr MSAKumarproposed thanks.
The meet showcased Kerala as a top-notch investment destination, where entrepreneurs from India and abroad can set up a wide array of enterprises in a speedy and hassle-free manner with minimum of bureaucratic interventions.
The conference, through presentations and panel discussions, also presenteda slew of legislations and administrative reforms the Kerala government has initiated to enhance theEase of Doing Business in the state.
Entrepreneurs, industry captains and representatives, administrators, policy-makers and top industry department officials, besides senior functionaries of local bodies were present.0