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 EDITORIAL
Consolidation: The Mantra of 2012
The New Year, as always, brings with it a sense of hope and optimism. The general mood in the hospitality industry is the same, but with a tinge of caution. Having had the opportunity to interact with the captains of the Indian and international hospitality industry in the recently concluded Hotel Investment Forum India early last month, what I could make out was a predominant feeling of caution largely because of the uncertain global economic scenario.
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 INTERVIEW
‘Success could come only through hardwork and commitment ’ - Javed Merchant, Executive Pastry Chef, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach
Basking in the honour of being chosen to lead Team India at the Asian Pastry Cup 2012 to be held from April 20-22, 2012 in Singapore, Javed Merchant, Executive Pastry Chef, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach talks about his preparations for the competition in a one-on-one with Hospitality Biz
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 EVENT FOCUS

HIFI 2012: Round up
The fourth edition of the Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) 2012 witnessed the international hospitality players be bullish about the Indian hospitality market. With the onset of recession in the European countries, the hospitality companies still witness India as a country which is far from gloom. Hospitality Biz presents an overview of the event
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This Week's Top Headlines
Ex-health secretary Chandramouli takes over as FSSAI Chairman
  Putting an end to four months of suspense and speculation over who will helm the country’s New Delhi-based apex food body, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), K Chandramouli finally took over as Chairman of FSSAI ...read more>>
Goa assembly poll officials ban liquor sale till Feb 5, 2012
  Assembly poll officials have banned liquor sale and barred hotels, restaurants and bars from staying open beyond 11PM from January 25, 2012 up to February 5, 2012. ...read more>>
ITC may hike stake up to 25 per cent in EIH and Hotel Leelaventure Ltd
  YC Deveshwar, Chairman, ITC has said that his company may increase stake in the Oberois controlled- EIH and Hotel Leelaventure Ltd,....read more>>
Greenarth Leisure targets 5000 members by end of 2012
  Following its foray into the hospitality industry a year ago with a resort at Vikramgad in Maharashtra, Greenarth Leisure Pvt. Ltd. targets 5000 members by end of 2012. Currently, GLPL has 500 members....read more>>
Andhra Pradesh gets first Vivanta by Taj property in Begumpet, Hyderabad
  IHCL has announced an addition to the Vivanta by Taj portfolio with the opening of Vivanta by Taj - Begumpet, Hyderabad. ...read more>>
Hyderabad Marriott pays 50 per cent tax dues; avoids getting sealed
  Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, which had property tax arrears amounting to Rs 1.33 crore, escaped getting sealed by the GHMC after the owners agreed to pay 50 per cent of the amount, Rs 66 lakh ...read more>>
The Fern Samali opens in Dapoli, Maharashtra
  The Fern Samali, a three star property under The Fern brand, has opened in coastal region of Dapoli in Maharashtra. ...read more>>
Management of Manas Lifestyle Resort in Nashik changes hands
  Prolific Hotels and Resorts Ltd has taken over Manas Lifestlye Resort as their second offering under the umbrella of Prolic Fresch in the Nashik area. ...read more>>
IHCL properties rated Asia and the world’s best at TripAdvisor awards
  Several hotels from the portfolio of IHCL have been rated as Asia and the world’s best properties in the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2012. ...read more>>
Keys Hotel Trivandrum rated one of the trendiest hotels in India
  Keys Hotel Trivandrum, the first Berggruen Hotel in India, was ranked 10th amongst the Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in the country. ...read more>>
Starbucks to enter India by September 2012 in JV with Tata
  Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks is set to open its first outlet in India through an equal joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, by September 2012. ...read more>>
Aspri Spirits to distribute Stolichnaya Vodka in India
  Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd has tied up with Luxemborg-based SPI Group to market and distribute two products of their international Stolichnaya vodka range – Stolichnaya Red premium and Ultra Luxury Elit by Stoli. ...read more>>
Fried chicken QSR Bangs opens in Mumbai
  Bangs, India’s first domestic fried chicken quick service restaurant (QSR), recently opened it's first outlet in Mumbai in the food court of High Street Mall, Thane. ...read more>>
Yum! Restaurants to invest USD 100-120 million for expansion in India
  Yum! Restaurants India, a subsidiary of Yum! Brand Inc. which owns the brands - Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell worldwide, is expanding aggressively by pumping in USD 100-120 million by 2015. ...read more>>
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