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 COVER STORY

Dressing the table
The move from dhabas to fine dining restaurants has brought with it a change in cuisine, service and most importantly table settings. Hospitality Biz explores the specifics, the challenges and the major differences of dressing a table for Indian and global fine dining
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 INTERVIEW
‘We are focusing on domestic tourists and are identifying our target markets’ – Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra
Maharashtra with its bouquet of offerings that includes picturesque beaches, forts, forests, mountains, religious sites and some of the most developed cities in the country, has almost everything to offer visitors. Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister for Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, speaks with TravelBiz Monitor about the Ministry’s plans, marketing strategies and future projects for making the state a premier tourist destination in the country
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 NEW APPOINTMENTS
The Zuri Whitefield, Bengaluru: Guido Farina, General Manager
Absolute Hotels Services, India: Shalil Suvarna, Regional Director of Operations
Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton, New Delhi-Noida-Mayur Vihar: Scott Thomson, General Manager
Marriott International Inc.: Paul Rushton, Regional Director of MICE Sales Asia Pacific
Hotel Leelaventure Ltd.: Jeevan Samuel Bakhtawar, Vice President, Human Resources
Hilton Mumbai International Airport: Rajeev Arora, Executive Chef

JW Marriott Mumbai: James Reppuhn, Executive Chef
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa: Manjula Shettigar, Spa Manager
ADF Foods: Vinayak B Vetekar, National Sales Manager

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This Week's Top Headlines
Rs 1282.98 crore proposed for tourism in Union Budget 2012-13
  The Union Budget 2012-13 rolled out by Pranab Mukherjee, Union Finance for Minister, Government of India earlier today witnessed Rs 1282.98 crore total expenditure being proposed for the tourism sector in India. ...read more>>
Eating out and staying in hotels set to become expensive
  The Union Budget 2012-13 presented by Union Minister for Finance, Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament today proposed to raise the Service Tax rate from 10 per cent to 12 per cent, with consequential changes ...read more>>
Tourism, Civil Aviation Ministries ink MoU to boost promotion of India as a tourism destination
  In order to facilitate promotion of India as a preferred destination in the domestic and international tourism markets, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), today came together ...read more>>
Bihar Tourism to set up Ramayan and Sufi Tourism circuits
  In a bid to enhance its share of domestic tourist traffic in the country, the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) plans to set up Ramayan and Sufi Tourism circuits in the state. ...read more>>
Kerala Annual Budget proposes setting up Tourism Promotion Board
  The Annual Budget presented by KM Mani, Finance Minister of Kerala in the State Assembly today proposed two new airports, and new airstrips in all districts in the state. ...read more>>
Economic survey 2011-12: States need to complement Centre's efforts to promote tourism
  According to the Economic survey 2011-12, in order to promote India as a major tourism destination, states need to complement Centre's actions by rationalising luxury taxes and ...read more>>
ICF demands larger space for Culinary Art competitions from ITPO
  Indian Culinary Forum (ICF), the organisers of Culinary Art India, the annual culinary competition held as part of AAHAR, has demanded larger space for conducting the event, ...read more>>
Kotak Mahindra Bank's CRE division sees no dearth of land in Tier I cities
  Kotak Mahindra Bank, which ventured into the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Division about five years ago, has been actively looking into hospitality and health care projects for over three years. ...read more>>
Chail Palace hotel in Himachal Pradesh granted national heritage status
  Himachal Pradesh's picturesque Chail Palace hotel, built in 1891 and popularised in the film 'Three Idiots', has been granted national heritage status, an official said today. ...read more>>
The Leela Palace New Delhi joins Virtuoso
  The Leela Palace New Delhi has recently been selected to join the list of luxury properties featured in Virtuoso, the industry’s leading luxury travel network. ...read more>>
Pune's food and hospitality sector hit by LPG hike
  The food and hospitality industry in Pune has expressed concern about the Rs 140 hike in the rate of commercial LPG cylinders but welcomed the announcement of the National Mission on Food Processing. ...read more>>
The Leela Goa completes its USD 20m refurbishment
  The Leela Goa has recently completed a USD 20 million refurbishment project and is now ready to serve its guests with vacation experiences this holiday season. ...read more>>
Carlson Rezidor opens Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai City Centre
  Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group recently announced the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai City Centre in India. This is the second Radisson Blu hotel to be established in Chennai. ...read more>>
The Westin Mumbai Garden City undertakes Associate Enrichment Programme for its employees
  The Westin Mumbai Garden City recently undertook an Associate Enrichment Programme which extended the benefits from its guest experience programmes to its associates, ...read more>>
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