This Week's Top Headlines
Ten Indian chefs get WACS certification
  Ten Chefs from India have been honoured with the title of ‘WACS Certified Chef’ from World Association of Cooks’ Societies (WACS). The selected Chefs include Manjit Singh Gill, Corporate Executive Chef , ITC Green Centre – Gurgaon; Soundararajan.P, Corporate Executive Chef , Mahindra Holidays and Resorts - Chennai 
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Jet Airways partners with Global Hotel Alliance
  Jet Airways' JetPrivilege, India's largest frequent flyer programme, entered into a hotel partnership with Global Hotel Alliance, the world's largest alliance of independent hotel brands, earlier this week. The Global Hotel Alliance
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Leela Group to invest $500 million for new hotels
  The Leela Group plans to invest $500 million (around Rs 2,000 crore) in the next three years to develop new luxury properties and upgrade the existing hotels in India. The group, which at present operates four luxury hotels, is coming up with six new properties in Gurgaon, Delhi, Udaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune  
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Hilton launches Hampton business hotel brand in India
  Hilton Hotels Corporation has agreed to franchise its Hampton by Hilton business hotel brand to Marigold Hospitality, a Pune-based hospitality group. Marigold Hospitality will come up with 16 hotels under the brand, which will be managed by Palm Hospitality  
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Bharat Hotels to invest Rs 1500 crore in expansion
  Bharat Hotels plans to expand with an investment of Rs 1500 crore in 22 new hotels. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and MD, Bharat Hotels claims that the group will invest Rs 1,300 crore in the set up of 15 luxury properties, while the remaining Rs 200 crore will 
 
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Noida to sell 12 hotel plots worth Rs 5,006 crore
  A month after it pulled off India’s largest land auction at a record Rs 5,006 crore, the Noida Authority will invite bids for 12 hotel plots worth at least Rs 1,400-1,500 crore, next week. Real estate majors, including DLF and Parsvnath, may participate  
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Pizzas and burgers to cost more
  Multinational fast food chains are hiking prices across markets, citing 60-70 per cent rise in costs of key ingredients such as cheese, flour and sauces over the past 12 months. While Pizza major Domino's raised prices by up to 5 per cent value player McDonald's has increased the price of  
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Hospitality engineers association 'Awesome' to launch their website in July 2008
  Mumbai-based engineers from the hospitality industry have recently formed an engineer’s association, Awesome (Academic With Excellence Spectrum of Maintenance Engineers). The association plans to launch its website www.awesome.net.in in  
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IFCA wins award at culinary competition in Russia
  Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) won the award for 'High Taste' at the 'Second International Culinary Showroom Eurasia', a culinary competition held at Sports Palace 'Uralochka' in Yekaterinburg, Russia  
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Jungle Lodges and Resorts rolls out its central reservation system
  Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), in coordination with CRS Technologies India Pvt Ltd, has launched its integrated central reservation system (CRS)  
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 PRIME FOCUS

Outsourcing of security: Grass is greener on the other side
The hospitality sector finds security outsourcing extremely beneficial, due to its cost effectiveness and time management. A look at the various aspects attached to this practice
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 FACE TO FACE
"I prefer Singaporean Indian cuisine"
Chinese cuisine has been altered over the years to suit the Indian palate. Chef Wong Ha Ha, Corporate Chinese Chef, Food & Beverage, Hashoo Group Hotels, Islamabad details the challenges faced while conducting a Chinese food festival in India
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 KITCHEN & BAKERY

Explore the food and alcohol culinary venture

From classic French dishes to modern day desserts with fancy names, alcohol inclusion in food has added that extra touch to the human palate. We explore the finer points of this unique culinary venture
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 HOUSEKEEPING

Window panes: A reflection of the hotel's image
Glasses and window panes reflect not just a mirror image, but also the property's image. A brief overview of the hotel procedures to maintain and clean them
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 SECURITY
VIP security in hotels
In today’s times where perceived and actual threats abound, it is very important to have a well thought out security plan for all VIPs staying in or visiting hotels.Arvind Kochar details the VIP security measures essential for hotels
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