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 INTERVIEW
"F&B is central to a hotel experience and a key revenue driver" - Vikas Malik, Regional Director, F&B, South Asia, Starwood
With the F&B department becoming an integral part of generating revenue, hotels are adopting innovative ways to woo guests by their exclusive F&B offerings. Vikas Malik, Regional Director, Food and Beverage, South Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. speaks to Hospitality Biz on F&B trends and the newly launched SPG restaurants and beverage programme
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Soft Skills Training for Front Line Hotel Associates - Ramiah Daniels, Director, Hospitality Paradigm
When one travels internationally, it amazes us how levels of service are not at par in most cases. While parts of the western world have honed the art of ‘processed’ service, parts of the eastern world have endorsed the art of the ‘warm human element’ in their services.
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This Week's Top Headlines
SC temporarily bans tourism in core areas of tiger reserves
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Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals launches India Chapter
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CII to organise investment meet for North India
  The Confederation of Indian Industry has announced a mega event to revive investments in the eight states of Northern India. ...read more>>
Andhra Pradesh plans festivals to boost tourism in state
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Tourism projects worth Rs 65 crore hit roadblocks in Goa
  None of the six tourism projects sanctioned and approved by the Government of India (GoI) which were proposed by Goa over the last 3 years are anywhere nearing completion ...read more>>
Kerala govt excise policy restricts bar licences to four and five-star hotels from 2013-14
  The UDF government in Kerala yesterday announced the state's excise policy that proposes a slew of restrictions and revisions in the sale and consumption of liquor products. ...read more>>
Spree Hotels to invest Rs 4-5 crore for India expansion in two years
  Bengaluru-based Spree Hotels, which currently operates six hotels across Pune, Goa, New Delhi and Bengaluru, plans to invest to Rs four to five crore in two years for expansion across India. ...read more>>
Louuvre Hotels forays into India with Tulip Inn
  Louvre Hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in Europe, has opened a boutique hotel — Tulip Inn in Ahmedabad. According to the Indian Express report, the three-star hotel brand is one of the latest property ...read more>>
Alila Bangalore launches Spa Alila
  The 101-room Alila Bangalore recently introduced its new spa – Spa Alila. The interiors of the spa feature black granite sourced from local artisans, dark wood, kota and brass, ...read more>>
Liquor dealers in Hyderabad unhappy over timings cut
  Liquor dealers in Hyderabad are unhappy over the reduction of business hours for retail wine shops as per the new excise policy, which allows them to remain open between 11am to 10pm ...read more>>
Lemon Tree Hotels adopts IDeaS to develop revenue management
  IDeaS Revenue Solutions, a SAS Company that offers pricing and revenue management software, services and consulting, announced that all Lemon Tree owned hotels across India have adopted IDeaS ...read more>>
Aamod Resorts plans to expand in North, Central India
  Aamod Resorts, which has properties in Shoghi, Dalhousie and Manesar, plans to expand its footprint across North and Central India in the coming years. ...read more>>
Hyatt to open Grand Hyatt Kochi in Q1 2017
  Hyatt Hotels Corporation, last week announced that Hyatt affiliates signed management agreements to open Grand Hyatt Kochi in India. Slated to open in Q1 2017, ...read more>>
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