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MoT to formulate stringent approval norms for tourism development projects
  In order to make tourism development projects more environmental-friendly and sustainable, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, will make approval norms more stringent for projects involving central funding. Similarly, sustainability aspects will also be included in the classification norms for hotels and other tourism products in more>>
Delhi govt reduces Luxury Tax in hotels
  Budget travellers to Delhi during the Commonwealth Games in October this year could expect better facilities in Delhi hotels. The Delhi government has relaxed its policy on Luxury Tax. Hotels won’t have to pay luxury tax on rooms priced at up to Rs 1,000 per more>>
Gujarat Tourism to come up with new Tourism Policy: Vipul Mittra, Secretary Tourism, Gujarat
  Gujarat Tourism is currently studying the draft of the new Tourism Policy submitted by Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI). The new Tourism Policy is expected to address major issues related to the growth of tourism in the state more>>
Karnataka govt upbeat on investments during Global Investors Meet in June 2010
  According to a PTI report, Janardhana Reddy, Tourism and Infrastructure Development Minister, Karnataka expects that MoUs for investment of Rs 4,000 crore and more would be signed at the Global Investors Meet, which will be held in Bengaluru next more>>
Jammu and Kashmir govt decides to notify tariff rates of hotels
  According to a PTI report, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to notify the tariff rates of hotels on annual basis for the benefit of tourists. The decision was taken at a meeting of officers and representatives of hotel industry, which was presided more>>
DoNER in process of preparing Tourism Master Plan for North Eastern region
  According to a PTI report, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) is in the process of preparing a Tourism Master Plan for North East region. An official from DoNER stated that as envisaged in Vision 2020 North Eastern Region document, the region more>>
IHCL repays Rs 840 cr debt to finance capital expenditure on new projects
  Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) which owns the Taj, Vivanta, Gateway and Ginger brand of hotels across India, has repaid USD 185 million (approximately Rs 840 crore) of debt raised to finance capital expenditure on new projects, renovations and investment in more>>
Aspri Sprits unveils Nonino Grappa in India
  Wines and spirits distributor Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd has introduced premium Italian Grappa brand Nonino in the India market. Aspri will launch four Grappa labels from the Nonino portfolio across key markets like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai before going more>>
Restaurateur Kishore DF launches WTF bar in Mumbai
  Restaurateur Kishore DF, who, as a part of Water Blue Restaurants & Food Services introduced major restaurant brands like Lemon Grass Café, Pot Pourri and Seijo, has now independently launched his first bar concept in Mumbai. The bar, called WTF is located in Khar and more>>
KRPL launches restaurant in Bibewadi, Pune
  Kamat Restaurants Pvt Ltd (KRPL), which operates ‘Vithal Kamat’ chain of vegetarian quick-service restaurants, has opened a new restaurant in Bibewadi, Pune at Gangadham area. The restaurant is more>>
‘With time and cost saved, drywall construction is a profitable option’
The traditional masonry construction approach is steadily changing and the advent of gypsum based drywalls is likely to change the way hotels are built in the near future. Venkat Subramanian, MD, Saint-Gobain Gyproc India, elaborates on the cost and time effectiveness of drywall construction systems more>>
Food security is must for growing population to ensure social stability and peace
The world is vocal in unison today that there is a gradual shift of power from west to east and India and China are the growth drivers in the eastern region. While energy security is most widely discussed today, with this tectonic shift of power, the debate on food security is gaining grounds slowly and progressively. Asia is home to the majority of world population. Most of its nations have young population with economies in single digit or early double digits growth rates. With population getting affluent, there is a spontaneous up-gradation into complete two meals – there on from coarse to fine grain. more>>
Jaypee Vasant Continental, New Delhi: Franck Turminehas joined as the Executive Pastry Chef at The Old Baker, the patisserie at Jaypee Vasant Continental, New Delhi. A French National, Chef Franck Turmine started his career in 1979. Over three decades of his career, Turmine has worked with leading five-star hotels in the UK, Thailand, South Korea, Tunisia, Cambodia and France. more>>

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