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‘Indian restaurants lack in anticipating guest needs, an integral part of good service’ - Raj Rao, Corporate Dir. F&B, Lemon Tree Hotels
A graduate in Business Administration from National University, San Diego in California and associated with hotel chains internationally, Raj Rao, Corporate Director Food & Beverage, Lemon Tree Hotels, speaks with Hospitality Biz to give an insight about the food and beverage scenario in the Indian hospitality sector more>>
Be wise, wine- wise! - Jai Kumar Chugh, Food and Beverage Director, Courtyard by Marriott, Chennai
Wine is a subject that is extremely vast, difficult to comprehend by most, and yet enjoyed by most. Wine connoisseurs are admired world over for their innate ability to recognise and differentiate the finest wines produced straight from the barrel. more>>

Vivanta by Taj at Yeshwantpur, Bangalore: The Business Retreat
Indian Hotels Company Ltd has opened Vivanta by Taj at Yeshwantpur, Bangalore, which is the third Vivanta by Taj in the city. The hotel has been set up with an investment of Rs 230 crore. Hospitality Biz gives an overview of the more>>

This Week's Top Headlines
MoT to explore setting up Culinary University in India
  Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will explore the possibility of setting up a dedicated University for culinary education and research in the country. more>>
Ministry of Home Affairs sanctions Rs 40 crore for developing tourist spots in J&K
  Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has sanctioned over Rs 40 crore for developing tourists spots in Jammu and Kashmir before next summer. more>>
Kerala govt mulls strict norms for house boat spas, homestays and ayurvedic resorts
  Government of Kerala is planning to make licensing and classification regime strict for house boat spas, homestays and ayurvedic resorts to ensure quality services rendered to visitors. more>>
Govt of India plans to reduce import duties on high-end alcohol
  Government of India has decided to shield low-end wine and liquor producers against duty cuts in the proposed pact in import duties on high-end alcohol.. more>>
Bihar govt to set up three mega food parks
  Government of Bihar has approved a proposal to set up three mega food parks to lessen wastage of fruits and vegetables. more>>
Chennai, Goa and Kochi ports to be developed to promote Cruise Tourism
  Chennai, Goa and Kochi have been identified as ports with the biggest potential for developing Cruise Tourism in the country. more>>
TOFT creates platform against banning of tourism in Tiger Reserves
  Tourism stakeholders of key national parks in Madhya Pradesh and wildlife enthusiasts joined hands with TOFT to urge the SC to reject a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by a Bhopal-based NGO, Prayatna. more>>
IFCA National Culinary Congress postponed to March 22-24, 2012
  The fifth edition of IFCA's National Culinary Congress, which was to take place from November 10 to 12, 2011, will now be held between March 22 and 24, 2012 at Vivanta by Taj, Yeswantpur in Bengaluru. more>>
Parsvnath Hotels Limited forays into budget segment, ties up with Choice Hotels
  Parsvnath Hotels Limited (PHL) has tied-up with Choice Hotels to foray into the budget hotel segment. PHL plans to open 20-25 properties across India in the next two years. more>>
Concept Hospitality opens Manasarovar The Fern – An Ecotel Hotel, Hyderabad
  Concept Hospitality Pvt Ltd has announced the launch of Manasarovar The Fern – An Ecotel Hotel, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh recently. more>>
Sarovar Hotels & Resorts launches Noorya Hometel in Pune
  Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, has opened Noorya Hometel in Chinchwad, Pune, bringing the group's economy hotel brand to the city. The hotel comprises 117 guest rooms and suites. more>>
South Africa-based Le Quartier Francais Hotel to tap Indian FIT market
  South Africa-based Le Quartier Francais Hotel, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands recently met with ten tour operators in Mumbai in a bid to tap the Free Individual Traveller (FIT) segment in India. more>>
HVS wins Management Consultant of the Year award at IHIF
  HVS has won the Management Consultant of the Year award at the IHIF in London. The award ceremony was held at the London Hilton Metropole, which was followed by a gala dinner. more>>
Liquor consumption to cross 19K million litres in India by 2015: ASSOCHAM
  Alcohol consumption in India will cross 19,000 million litres by 2015 from the current level of 6,700 million litres. more>>
IHM Pusa to organise year-long programmes to celebrate Golden Jubilee year
  Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition (IHM) Pusa, New Delhi will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee year (1962-2012) this year with an array more>>
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