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 COVER STORY

Chocolate: A Sweet Temptation
Chocolates are considered one of the most desirable food products after truffle and caviar. They make for great purchases and even better gifts, no matter what the quantity or type. Hospitality Biz attempts to unravel the mystery of how these cocoa beans rolled their way into hotel kitchens to become the mouth-watering delicacies they are today
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 INTERVIEW
'We plan to develop ten business hotels in next two years' - Balbir Singh Kakar, Founder & Chairman, BMK Group
Delhi-based BMK Group has ambitious plans for the future in the hospitality sector in India. Balbir Singh Kakar, Founder & Chairman, BMK Group speaks to Hospitality Biz about BMK’s hospitality plans and offerings for the Indian market.
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 EXPERT SPEAK
‘Hurdles faced by Hotel industry developers in India‘ - Kamlesh Barot, President, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India
An Association is supposed to be aware of each and every hurdle that it’s member faces. Likewise, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) and Hotel and Restaurant Association (Western India) (HRAWI), are also aware that each and every developer of this industry in India, faces a plethora of hurdles to build (put up) or add capacity to a hotel or a restaurant.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Las Vegas Sands Corp interested in Indian market
  Las Vegas Sands Corp, one of the largest integrated resort developers in the world, is interested in entering the Indian market. ...read more>>
Parkside Hotels of UK forays into India
  UK-based Parkside Hotels is entering India as a part of its expansion in major markets in Asia. In India, it has so far signed up about half a dozen properties under the Parkside Zebra Inn and Suites. ...read more>>
ONYX to launch first Amari property in Ludhiana
  Thailand-based hotel management group, ONYX Hospitality Group, has been appointed by Apna Punjab Resorts Ltd to operate an upcoming 127-suite hotel in Ludhiana, Punjab, ...read more>>
Starwood signs agreement for first property in Chennai
  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, has announced the signing of The Westin Chennai Velachery, the first property in Chennai franchised under the Westin Hotels and Resorts brand....read more>>
Berggruen Hotels Pvt Ltd signs management contract with Shraddha Resorts Pvt Ltd
  Berggruen Hotels Pvt Ltd has signed a management contract with Shraddha Resorts Pvt Ltd to operate Keys Hotel Shirdi consisting of 80 rooms...read more>>
Absolute Hotel Services India announces management agreement for U Resort & Residences Lonavala
  Absolute Hotel Services India has begun 2012 with a new management contract for U Resort & Residences Lonavla. ...read more>>
York Wines to build accommodation at winery
  York Wines intends to build an inventory of up to 25 rooms at its winery as part of the ram up of its wine tourism infrastructure. The Nashik-based producer just concluded the second edition of a day-long wine and music event, York Live, which featured musicians ...read more>>
Vivanta by Taj – Hotels & Resorts launches new hotel in Coimbatore
  Vivanta by Taj recently launched its latest offering in Coimbatore, the Vivanta by Taj – Surya, Coimbatore is the third Vivanta from the brand in Tamil Nadu and the first outside Chennai. The launch of this property takes the overall portfolio of Vivanta by Taj – Hotels & ...read more>>
The Fern Brand launches Beaumonde The Fern Cochin An Ecotel Hotel
  The Fern Brand, managed by Concept Hospitality Group, has launched the Beaumonde The Fern Cochin An Ecotel Hotel. A five star property, Beaumonde The Fern An Ecotel is a leisure cum business hotel. ...read more>>
Choice Hotels India opens Comfort Inn Anneha in Delhi
  Choice Hotels India, the wholly owned subsidiary of Choice Hotels International, has opened Comfort Inn Anneha, its third property in New Delhi. ...read more>>
IHC's annual Congress to be held in Haridwar from March 3-5, 2012
  Hospitality educators, institutes, industry professionals and students forum, Indian Hospitality Congress (IHC) will organise its fourth annual Congress at Haridwar in Uttarakhand from March 3 to 5, 2012. ...read more>>
Hotel Leelaventure ties up with Luthra Water System for bottled spring water
  Hotel Leelaventure Ltd has tied up with Luthra Water System Private Limited to serve spring water at their properties. The spring water will be served in both glass as well as pet bottles....read more>>
My Fortune, Chennai becomes Utell Hotels & Resorts member
  My Fortune, Chennai has become the latest property to select Utell Hotels & Resorts for international sales, marketing and distribution services ...read more>>
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