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 COVER STORY

Serving the Blue Blood Fraternity
While guests at hotels are made to feel like VIPs during their stay, it can only be imagined how well diplomats, royalty, politicians etc., who are VIPs in the true sense, are served when visiting these establishments. Hospitality Biz explores how elite catering is, quite literally, a silver spoon service
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Culinary Tourism: An Opportunity to Promote Local Foods of India - Kshama Vishwakarma, Faculty, Welcomgroup Graduate School, Manipal
The latest trends in food and agriculture influence our eating and buying behaviour, which we take on the road. So, even the most remote locations in India need to take a note of culinary traveller’s. Food is the new topic of conversation everywhere in the world and India is no exception. Did you know that there is an entire industry that exists to help businesses to promote their food products as attractions – to visitors and locals alike?
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 NEW APPOINTMENTS

Citrus Hotels : Manendra Sharma, Regional General Manager - Goa, Bengaluru and Sriperumbudur
GLOW Greater Noida, India :
Dhruv Pathak, Senior Manager - Sales & Marketing
The Oberoi Group :
Sanjay Rai, Executive Vice President, Sales
Minor Hotel Group :
Dillip Rajakarier, Chief Executive Officer
Best Western India :
Gaurav Sarin, Vice President - Business Development & Quality Assurance
The Chariot Resort & Spa, Puri :
Ranajoy Bose, Executive Housekeeper
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This Week's Top Headlines
MoT to develop 35 integrated circuits in PPP mode
  MoT has intended to develop 35 integrated circuits in PPP mode in all states and 20 tourism parks and 70 rural tourism clusters during the 12th Five Year Plan. ...read more>>
MoT seeks Rs 600 crore package for tourism development in North-East India
  MoT has proposed a package of Rs 600 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan for development of tourism in the North-East region. ...read more>>
MTDC draws strategy to woo more tourists in state
  Every year Mumbai receives two million tourists, but only two lakh visit places of interest in the state. The remaining 18 lakh tourists head to their destinations in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh. ...read more>>
ITDC enters into JV with IL&FS to develop tourism infrastructure in India
  ITDC has set up a joint venture (JV) with IL&FS to develop tourism infrastructure through PPP mode in the country. ...read more>>
Accor to launch three new brands in India by 2012
  With three brands already operational across 10 hotels in India, Accor is set to bring three new brands by the end of 2012. Currently, Novotel, Mercure and ibis are operational and the three new brands, which will debut in the Indian market in 2012 are Sofitel, ...read more>>
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts to open ten resorts in Asia-Pacific by 2012
  Sheraton Hotels & Resorts will expand further into Asia-Pacific with the opening of ten new resort properties by the end of 2012. ...read more>>
Lalit Suri Hospitality Group ends franchise agreement with IHG, renames Goa & Mumbai properties
  The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group has announced that its Goa & Mumbai properties will be rebranded as The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa and The Lalit Mumbai respectively. ...read more>>
Alila Hotels & Resorts opens its first business hotel in Bengaluru
  Alila Hotels & Resorts has opened the group's first business hotel, Alila Bangalore recently. Owned by UKn Properties, the hotel will mainly cater to business travellers. ...read more>>
Concept Hospitality to double its room inventory in Mumbai by 2013
  Concept Hospitality is set to double its room inventory in Mumbai by 2013, with a 78-room four-star property in Chembur and a 120-room five-star property in Goregaon, both in the suburbs. ...read more>>
The Fern Residency, Chandigarh to open shortly
  The Fern Residency, Chandigarh, owned by Raseshwari Hotels Pvt Ltd and managed by Concept Hospitality Group, will be soon launched. ...read more>>
RCI to organise Shared Ownership Conference in Mumbai on January 10, 2012
  RCI will organise a Shared Ownership Conference at JW Marriott Mumbai on January 10, 2012. ...read more>>
BCIHMCT to host India International Hotel, Travel & Tourism Research Conference in New Delhi
  BCIHMCT will host India International Hotel, Travel & Tourism Research Conference on Technology Trends and Innovations from February 1 to 3, 2012 in New Delhi. ...read more>>
FSSAI conducts Product Recall Pilot meeting in New Delhi
  FSSAI recently held a Product Recall Pilot meeting in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of V N Gaur, CEO, FSSAI. ...read more>>
APEDA & AIREA organises two-day Chef conference in Delhi to promote Basmati rice
  A two-day culinary conference - Basmati for the World 2011 - to promote Basmati rice in non-traditional markets got underway in Delhi under the aegis of APEDA in association ...read more>>
Domino's Pizza India crosses 400th store milestone in India
  Domino’s Pizza India, a brand of Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, has crossed its 400th store milestone in India with a visit from Patrick Doyle, President & CEO, Domino’s Pizza, Inc. ...read more>>
Fried chicken QSR, Bangs, to expand its brand across India
  Chennai-based Bangs, a domestic fried chicken quick service restaurant (QSR), is expanding its brand across the country with plans to launch about 50 outlets in Tier II & III cities within the next one year. ...read more>>
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