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 COVER STORY

Cook Shoot Freeze!
Food styling is not just about how food looks on a plate - it involves the entire process that makes for a fine dining experience. Hospitality Biz talks to noted food stylists and photographers in the industry to understand the concept
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 HOTEL DESIGN

MGM Beach Resort: An Oasis of Calm
Far from the chaotic life of Mumbai, Hospitality Biz visited the MGM Beach Resort in Chennai on the East coast of India to enjoy hospitality complimented with the sun, sand and lush green lawns
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 SPECIAL REPORT

Requirement of Manpower in Hospitality and Travel Sectors
Skilled manpower is as much a necessity in the tourism and hospitality industries as is infrastructure, investments or products. However, the current crunch in manpower has resulted in stunted growth for these industries. Hospitality Biz presents, a report by the Ministry of Tourism and Market Pulse detailing the requirement of manpower in the hospitality and travel sectors
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This Week's Top Headlines
MoT to organise road shows in USA, Canada to promote India as an ‘all season destination’ next month
  In order to promote India as an all-season destination, the MoT, Govt. of India, along with various travel associations is planning to organise road shows in both traditional and non-traditional markets. ...read more>>
Odisha Tourism plans road shows in Taiwan, Thailand this month to promote Buddhist circuit
  The Department of Tourism, Govt of Odisha, in order to promote the state’s Buddhist circuit in international markets, is planning road shows in major Buddhist source markets. ...read more>>
HP Tourism Development Corporation agrees in principle to sign MoU with GTDC
  The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) has agreed in principle to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). ...read more>>
Uttarakhand to merge GMVN, KWVN to boost tourism
  The Uttarakhand government last week decided to merge Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) and Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) under a single unit to boost tourism in the state. ...read more>>
MTDC plans to set-up convention centre in Nashik
  The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is planning to set-up an international level convention centre in Nashik to attract companies from across India to the city and also promote tourism. ...read more>>
South Asia gets its first Royal Tulip; to open in Navi Mumbai on Aug 15, 2012
  Louvre Hotels Group, affiliate of Groupe du Louvre, which is owned by the Starwood Capital Group private equity firm, will open its first 'Royal Tulip' property (five-star brand of Louvre Hotels Group) ...read more>>
ICS Group and Mantis Group sign JV; form Ayana Hospitality
  Mumbai-based ICS Group has formed a Joint Venture (JV) company Ayana Hospitality with South Africa-based Mantis Group. Ayana Hospitality will address the boutique luxury segment of the hospitality market ...read more>>
DoubleTree by Hilton to open third hotel in India on Aug 15, 2012
  Hilton Worldwide will open its third DoubleTree by Hilton property in India on August 15, 2012 - the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Goa-Arpora-Baga. ...read more>>
Pride Group forays into Eastern India
  Pride Group of Hotels yesterday launched the 153-room Pride Hotel Kolkata. The company has invested Rs 100 crores to set up the Kolkata Hotel, which is the group’s first property in Eastern India. ...read more>>
Rossell India divests stake in 3 Lemon Tree Hotels' properties
  Tea planter Rossell India Ltd has divested its minority stake in three Lemon Tree Hotels properties at a profit of nearly Rs 14 crore. This stake sale propelled Rossell India into profitability in Q1 of FY13. ...read more>>
SHRM College mulls hotel management institute in New Delhi
  Singapore-based SHRM College is planning to open a hotel management training institute in New Delhi within the next one year to offer international courses at diploma levels. ...read more>>
McDonalds eyes more than 250 outlets in West, South India in 3 years
  Quick service restaurant chain McDonalds India plans to open up to 35-50 outlets per year to cross the 250-outlet market in West and South India in the next three years. ...read more>>
Starbucks invests USD 25 million into Square
  Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks plans to switch its processing of debit and credit card payments to mobile payments start-up Square, the two companies said on August 7, 2012. ...read more>>
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