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 COVER STORY

The Sommelier Cometh
Conspicuous by their absence and constantly broached in conversations in wine circles, the sommelier is finally a mainstay in India’s hotels and that can be seen as nothing less than a big step in the right direction for Indian’s burgeoning wine industry, finds Bhisham Mansukhani
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 INTERVIEW
'To ensure that hotels opening this year will be able to hit the ground'
With plans to expand its footprint by 60 per cent in India by 2013, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is keen to introduce new brands for the Indian market. Dilip Puri, who has recently taken over as Managing Director, India and Regional Vice President, South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts speaks with Hospitality Biz on the challenges and plans for India and South Asia
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 F&B Overview
Industry Institute partnership in Hospitality & Culinary education
The New Year has commenced and brings in new beginnings, ushers in optimism and a calm touch of expectation for better things to come. The topic, which I am writing has been long pending in the less explored corners of my mind and as I pull it out, it brings a relief very much similar to pulling out that little titbits stuck in your gums with the tooth pick.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Union Minister for Tourism seeks roll back of Service Tax on hotels
  Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has written to the FM seeking roll back of the proposed Service Tax on hotels and restaurants ...read more>>
Govt is committed to the growth of food processing sector: Jyotiraditya Scindia
  Union Government will provide all assistance for the growth of food processing sector in the country ...read more>>
Travel & Tourism industry demands roll back of Service Tax proposal
  The Travel and Tourism industry stakeholders came on a common platform to voice their displeasure over the Budget proposal to levy Service Tax on the industry. ...read more>>
HDPB constitutes first meeting in New Delhi
  HDPB in its first meeting in New Delhi has decided that various clearances/approvals for hotel projects would be given based on the statutory provisions ...read more>>
FDI inflow in hotel and tourism sector stood at Rs 10,304.89 crore
  Subodh Kant Sahay, Union Minister of Tourism mentioned that FDI inflow in the hotel and tourism sector from April 2000 to December 2010 ...read more>>
HRAWI Regional Convention to be held in Lavasa on April 8 and 9, 2011
  The 16th Regional Convention of HRAWI will be held at Lavasa International Convention Centre in Lavasa from April 8 to 9, 2011.. ...read more>>
HRAWI seeks permission from MTDC to refurbish Mahim Fort
  HRAWI wants to adopt and refurbish Mahim Fort in Mumbai. It has approached Maharashtra state tourism department and MTDC ...read more>>
HVS announces finalists for HICSA 2011 ‘Hotels of the Year Awards’
  HVS India has announced the name of the finalists for HICSA 2011 ‘Hotels of the Year Awards 2011’. ...read more>>
Taj Falaknuma Palace joins The Leading Hotels of the World
  Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad has joined the authentic palaces collection of The Leading Hotels of the World. ...read more>>
KHIL opens The Orchid Pune
  KHIL has opened The Orchid in Balewadi, Pune. Located on the Pune-Bengaluru highway, the hotel has two wings. ...read more>>
Bharat Hotels to roll out ‘Lalit Traveller’ brand from 2012
  Bharat Hotels Ltd, will roll out their mid-segment hotel brand, Lalit Traveller, from next year. ...read more>>
Mövenpick Dharamshala Resort & Spa to open in 2013
  Mövenpick Dharamshala Resort & Spa, owned by Kamakhya Hospitality Services Pvt Ltd, will open in 2013. ...read more>>
UBL gets board nod for merger of Chennai Breweries
  The committee of directors of UBL has approved allotment of 14,496,683 equity shares of Re 1 each of UBL to the eligible shareholders ...read more>>
Deliciousnow.com launched in India
  Deliciousnow.com was launched at 26th edition of International Food & Hospitality Fair, AAHAR, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. ...read more>>
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