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Tourism sector neglected in the financial package announced recently by Government of India to boost economy
  The tourism sector, according to IATO, has been ignored in the financial package announced recently by the Government of India (GoI) to boost the economy. GoI has provided Rs 35,000crore special incentive package to almost all industries, including exports, real estate, auto, textiles, small and medium industries etc. to tide over the
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Industry expects 25% dip in inbound business due to Mumbai terror attacks
  The Indian tourism industry, by and large, has been impacted by the global recession and eight incidents of terror strikes. It was known that the global financial crunch resulted in a drop of about 30 to 40 per cent in tourism, but the Mumbai terror attacks and
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Trident, Mumbai to resume operations from December 21, 2008
  After more than three weeks of trying to recover from the terrorist attack, The Trident Hotel in Mumbai will be open for the guests from December 21, 2008. The hotel didn't face major collateral damage
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MTDC provides protection for foreign tourists
  According to the Midday, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will now extend security services to foreign tourist groups, who wish to avail of an armed police guard while visiting
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HRANI member hotels to observe ‘Black Day’ on December 12
  Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) member hotels will observe a ‘Black Day’ on December 12, 2008 to protest against the terror attacks on Mumbai hotels and also to pay homage to
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Mumbai attacks affect Tamil Nadu hotel industry
  The recent terror attacks in Mumbai threaten to take a toll on hotel occupancy in Tamil Nadu during the peak tourist season. It was already feeling the after-effects of the global economic
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Hotels in a quandary over Christmas and New Year celebrations
  By around this time, usually, most of the hotels across India are extremely busy formulating their Christmas and New Year celebration plans. The Chefs are finalising a special menu for the occasion,
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HRAC to urge Chandigarh administration to set up security task force
  In an emergency meeting on December 1, 2008 at Hotel Aroma, Chandigarh, The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh (HRAC) decided to urge the Chandigarh Administration to set up
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HDIL Leisure to foray into hospitality industry
  HDIL Leisure, a subsidiary of Housing Development Limited (HDIL) plans to foray into the hospitality industry with the launch of five-star luxury and business hotels. HDIL Leisure has acquired land in
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Amtek's Dham leading the race to buy Unitech's hotel projects
  According to a report in the Mint, Delhi-based industrialist Arvind Dham, Chairman and Managing Director of auto parts maker Amtek Auto Ltd, is leading the race to buy the hotel projects of Unitech Ltd after
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Landmark Group puts on hold hospitality plan in India
  According to a report in The Economic Times, The Landmark Group, a Dubai-based retail chain, has put on hold its plans for the hospitality sector in India. The group had plans to set up 30 mid-market
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Pivet picks up one per cent stake in EIH
  According to a report in The Economic Times, Pivet Finance, an investment arm of industrialist Analjit Singh, has picked up almost one per cent stake in the Oberoi group-controlled East India Hotels
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 PRIME FOCUS

Learning the right way
Chefs need education, just like doctors, engineers and architects. Although most Chefs acquire their culinary expertise hands on, formal education ensures that their learning process is well directed. Lakshmi Vishwanath tries to explain the key facets of Chef education in India
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 BUSINESS STRATEGY
HR strategies during crisis
Prof R K Bhandari, Principal, Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, New Delhi feels that HR has a important role to play during economic crisis
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 FACE TO FACE
“A floating hotel should be both, technically and economically viable”
Owner of South Asia’s first ever floating hotel, Manab Pal, General Manager, Manor Floatels Limited, speaks to Satarupa Chakraborty about his business model’s USP
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 KITCHEN
The versatility of Mayonnaise
K S Narayanan and Chaf Sudhir Pai provide an insight into the history of Mayonnaise, and the advantages that commercially available varieties can bring in
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 BARTENDING

Behind bars: The inside story
Bartending has been one of the latest fads in the job market for a while now. With courses being developed to accredit the profession, Dheera Majumder delves into the status of bartending education in India
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 GROUND REALITY
A tribute to the hospitality industry’s Martyrs
Often, the Indian hospitality industry has been credited for being one of the best in the world. Today, it has proved that it is far superior to the rest of the world — Indian hospitality professionals have put their guests much before themselves, at the cost of their own lives.
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