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 INTERVIEW
‘The event will feature latest culinary trends along with entrepreneurial skills ’ - Vijaya Bhaskaran, Convenor, National Culinary Congress
As Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) present their fifth National Culinary Congress from March 22 to 24, 2012 in Bengaluru, Chef Vijaya Bhaskaran, Convenor, National Culinary Congress speaks with Hospitality Biz about the summit, special flavour and plans for the event
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 EXPERT SPEAK
New Hospitality Prospects (Destinations) in India - Akshay Kulkarni, Executive Director - South Asia, Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality
The next few years will see India truly evolve as a global tourist destination, with a very wide gamut of locations to choose from. It will be one destination that will ensure that no matter what your budgets are, your desire to see a new place will be fulfilled
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 SPECIAL REPORT

India Report: Timeshare in India – A C&W and RCI Publication, January 2012
The concept of ‘Timeshare’ came into India in the late 1980’s and its development gained further momentum with the establishment of RCI in 1992 and the introduction of vacation exchange facility. Over the years, RCI pioneered the process of streamlining and also, uniquely customizing this concept marking Timeshare one of the most successful products in the tourism and hospitality market in India. Various factors prompted the steady growth of timeshare in India such as the ability to exchange one’s vacation, which continues to be the most compelling reason for timeshare purchase. Branded entrants further increased the credibility and scale of this industry.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Kerala to announce new tourism policy soon
  The United Democratic Front government of Kerala, which will be completing one year in power within a couple of months’, will announce their Tourism Policy soon. ...read more>>
CTB to appoint consultancy to develop integrated tourism project at Mana-Tuta, Raipur
  The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) is looking to appoint a consultancy to develop an integrated tourism project at Mana-Tuta, Raipur on a public private partnership (PPP) basis. ...read more>>
Gujarat to spend Rs 1,500 crore on tourism sector in 12th Five Year Plan period
  The Gujarat government will spend about Rs 1,500 crore on the tourism sector in the 12th Five Year Plan period. This is in addition to the Rs 5,000 crore that the government is planning to spend ...read more>>
Anand Sharma to inaugurate AAHAR 2012
  The 27th edition of AAHAR, international food and hospitality exhibition, organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) with the support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, ...read more>>
'Melbourne Food and Wine Festival' lunch enters the Limca Book of Records
  Tourism Victoria and Grand Hyatt Mumbai recently hosted the 'Melbourne Food and Wine Festival' lunch debut at Grand Hyatt Mumbai, with over 530 VIP guests from across India ...read more>>
ESOI to hold workshops on 'Responsible Tourism' in Assam and Maharashtra
  Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) is set to hold its tenth & eleventh two day workshop with focus on 'Responsible Tourism - Issues and Practices' in Guwahati, Assam on March 23-24, 2012 ...read more>>
India shows two per cent hike in hotel room prices: Hotel Price Index report
  There was a slight increase in hotel room prices in India, which went up by 2 per cent on an average in the second half of 2011 due to inflation as compared to the same period last year. ...read more>>
IIT Delhi Alumnus Patanjali Keswani donates 'Golden Jubilee GH Keswani Research Centre' to the institute
  Patanjali G Keswani, Chief Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels recently donated the ‘Golden Jubilee GH Keswani Research Centre’ to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. ...read more>>
Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar recognised by EarthCheck for its environmental performance
  The environmental performance of Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar has been recognised by EarthCheck; the travel and tourism industry’s leading environmental management, ...read more>>
IHCL, NDMC set to end row over Taj Mansingh
  The stand-off between the Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), which operates the Taj Group of Hotels, and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) over the Hotel Taj Mansingh in the capital is headed for an amicable resolution. ...read more>>
IHCL launches Vivanta by Taj - Bekal in Kerala
  Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has recently announced an addition to the Vivanta by Taj portfolio with the opening of the new spa resort Vivanta by Taj - Bekal in Kerala. ...read more>>
Mana Hotels to promote Ranakpur as week-end destination
  Delhi-based Sheevam Group that ventured into hospitality business with their first boutique hotel – Mana Hotels in Ranakpur, Rajasthan will now promote Ranakpur as a week-end destination ...read more>>
Mabula Game Lodge launches campaign to tap Indian MICE segment
  In a bid to increase its share of MICE traffic from India, the Mabula Game Lodge in South Africa recently launched the ‘MICE in the Bush’ campaign in the Indian market. ...read more>>
Food and Bev Tech '12 to be held in Mumbai from April 25-27, 2012
  If food is not kept in a special slab under the Goods and Services Tax then prices will go up by 10-15 per cent. The industry cannot bear even one per cent increase in the tax. ...read more>>
Blue Foods opens fifth Bombay Blue outlet at Infiniti Mall in Mumbai
  Bombay Blue, a chain of restaurants owned and run by Blue Foods, has recently opened its fifth outlet at Infiniti Mall in Malad, Mumbai and introduced a new decor and menu with it. ...read more>>
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