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 COVER STORY

Demystifying Spa Cuisine
With expansion of the spa and wellness industry, operators are adding new dimensions to the spa experience in order to make it a wholesome treat for mind, body and soul for customers. Spa Cuisine is a recent addition and becoming highly popular with health-conscious customers around the world. It’s a real challenge for chefs to cater to this niche segment. Hospitality Biz tries to unravel Spa Menu/Spa Cuisine and how it differs from normal cuisine.
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 INTERVIEW
‘We plan to operate 50 hotels in India in 3 to 5 years’ - Jonathan Wigley, CEO, Absolute Hotel Services
Bangkok-based Absolute Hotel Services, which has recently forayed into the Indian market, plans to expand its reach in Tier-I, II cities, metros and pilgrimage destinations across the country. Jonathan Wigley, CEO, Absolute Hotel Services, in conversation with Hospitality Biz, speaks about the Indian market and its challenges
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 SPECIAL REPORT

Le Méridien Coimbatore: A sojourn of art & business
One would still question the wisdom of Le Méridien launch in Coimbatore, a city which is not a metropolis nor considered in the Tier-I category. But a visit to the property will leave one awestruck. Hospitality Biz gives a first-hand experience of the majestic hotel
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This Week's Top Headlines
Most hotels in India do not come forward for accreditation: Subodh Kant Sahai
  Around 80 to 90 per cent of hotels in India do not come forward for accreditation despite Government of India's efforts to make them do so. ...read more>>
MoT launches special packages to promote tourism in North-East Region
  Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India (GoI) has launched print, electronic, online and outdoor media campaigns to promote various tourism destinations and products of the North-East Region (NER)....read more>>
Sri Lanka govt in talks with ITC Ltd to build hotel in Colombo
  Government of Sri Lanka is in talks with India's ITC Ltd to build a USD 450 million hotel in Colombo. ...read more>>
Hotelier Joginder Sanger bags recognition
  Joginder Sanger, a leading hotelier, has been named 'Asian of the Year 2011' at the 24th Edition of Asian Who's Who International in Central London. ...read more>>
HVS launches HVS library
  HVS has launched HVS Library, a database of over 1,250 articles, research publications and textbooks written by the industry’s leading professionals at HVS....read more>>
HICSA to be held on April 3 and 4, 2012 at Grand Hyatt Mumbai
  HVS will host its Eighth Annual HICSA 2012 between April 3 and 4, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. At the summit, HICSA is set to bestow the honour of the HICSA Lifetime Achievement Award upon Inder Sharma ...read more>>
Le Meridien unveils its 100th hotel in Coimbatore, India
  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the opening of Le Meridien Coimbatore, India, the 100th Le Meridien hotel globally for the brand. Owned by Appu Hotels Limited, Le Meridien Coimbatore is the first internationally branded five-star hotel ...read more>>
HADSA meets FSSAI to discuss issues in food supplementation, regulations
  TThe bureau of HADSA, along with a delegation from IADSA, Belgium has visited FSSAI to discuss issues in food supplementation, regulations. ...read more>>
FDA Maharashtra to put FSSA online for Mumbai and Thane
  FDA, Maharashtra is in the process of making the licensing and registration under the new FSSA available online on www.fda-mah.com ...read more>>
Executive Pastry Chef Javed Merchant, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach to head Team India at Asia Pastry Cup 2012
  EExecutive Pastry Chef Javed Merchant, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach and his team, Pastry Chef Lawrence Fernandes, Sahara Star were awarded the honour after winning the 'Team India-Winner Asia Pastry Cup.'. ...read more>>
Valle de Vin and Grover Vineyards merge to create second largest vintner in India
  Nashik-based Valle de Vin, maker of Zampa wines, will merge with Bengaluru-based Grover Vineyards within a month to create the country's second largest vintner after Sula Vineyards in India....read more>>
Wine industry, under aegis of IGPB, proposes delicensing of wines in India
  The wine industry in India, which has suffered because of high taxation, has sent a proposal to the Government of India, to delicense wines. ...read more>>
Irish House opens at Phoenix Mills in Mumbai
  Irish House – a new pub has opened at Phoenix Mills, in Mumbai. Sunil Kapur, the founding promoter of iconic F&B ventures like Copper Chimney, Blue Foods, Travel Food Services and Blue Sea has opened the pub...read more>>
Café Coffee Day to open 2,000 stores by 2014
  Café Coffee Day (CCD) is now bracing up for massive expansion with an action plan that will take the total number of outlets to 2,000 by 2014. ...read more>>
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