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 SPECIAL REPORT

Almanac hospitality hotspots across India
Over the past few years, the hospitality industry in India and globally has undergone a sea change. Hospitality Biz presents the 2012 edition of the 'Hospitality Almanac' of Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality about the changing trends and performances
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Indian Kitchen Equipment Inadequacy - Pradeep Mathur, MD, Mathur Hospitality Pvt. Ltd
Indian equipment and fabricated items used in kitchen designs over the past 25 years have been the same. There is no innovation, research & development in this area. Around 90 per cent of the vendors are not engineers; all are working on the basis of experience only. Given below are a few shortcomings of the Indian kitchen equipment industry
Design: A full fledged kitchen for a three-star hotel requires approximately 100 KW of electrical load. Power is very expensive and in short supply.
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 NEW APPOINTMENT
Virender Razdan, General Manager, ITC Windsor, Bengaluru
Dr Keshab Nandy, Director, Tilaknagar Industries Ltd
Biswajit Chakraborty, General Manager, Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore
Shubham Chandra, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyatt Regency Chennai
Kumar Shobhan, Director of Food and Beverage, Hyatt Regency Chennai
Anil Chadha, General Manager, ITC Maurya

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This Week's Top Headlines
India, Brunei looking at joint venture in hospitality development
  India and Brunei will explore the possibilities of having joint ventures in hospitality and infrastructural development. Brunei will also consider investing in India's hotel sector, ...read more>>
HRANI to work on long-term plans; plan paper to be ready in a month
  Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI), the regional chapter of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), will soon come out with a long term plan ...read more>>
Lifting of ban on Tiger Tourism will not impact tiger conservation: NTCA
  The lifting of the ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves by the Supreme Court (SC) of India will not affect the ongoing process of tiger conservation, said Rajesh Gopal, ...read more>>
UP Chief Minister asks hospitality industry to set-up hotels in Chitrakoot
  Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP), recently urged the hospitality industry to set-up hotels in Chitrakoot for tapping the tourism potential of the area. ...read more>>
Preferred Hotel Group bullish about business growth in APAC region
  Preferred Hotel Group, a global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent hotels and hotel chains, which has more than 650 member hotels in more than 85 countries, ...read more>>
ITC Hotels to expand across India
  ITC Hotels is set to expand across India, despite full demand growth. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Hotels said occupancy ratio was flat in the past two years. ...read more>>
Roots Corporation Limited to open 75-80 Ginger Hotels in 3-4 years
  With 26 hotels operational in India, Ginger Hotels, the chain of Smart Basics hotels by Roots Corporation Limited (RCL), a subsidiary of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) plans to open 75-80 Ginger Hotels ...read more>>
RCI adds Ramada Gurgaon Central to its resort affiliations in India
  RCI recently announced its affiliation with Ramada Gurgaon Central, adding to its list of urban location choices in India. “RCI is pleased to welcome the Ramada brand into its portfolio of affiliated properties in India,“ ...read more>>
Citrus Hotels & Resorts debuts in North India
  Citrus Hotels & Resorts, a part of the Mirah Group, announced its foray into the North Indian market with the launch of Citrus Gurgaon Central. The 46-room property has been taken on a long lease and ...read more>>
IHCL and Charme II Fund to purchase outstanding shares of Orient-Express Hotels
  The Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), along with Charme II Fund, an Italian Fund managed by Montezemolo and Partners S.p.A, has sent a letter to Orient-Express Hotels Ltd proposing to ...read more>>
Scenic Tourism to start joint promotion with hoteliers and suppliers
  In a bid to increase its profits, Pune-based Scenic Tourism is planning to conduct joint promotions of their products and services through hoteliers, travel portals and suppliers. ...read more>>
Rich Graviss partners with MSIHMCT, Pune
  Mumbai-headquartered Rich Graviss Products Pvt Ltd, the pioneers of the non-dairy topping category in India, has started a basic bakery and confectionery course for aspiring patisserie chefs, ...read more>>
Serafina Restaurant Group forays into Indian market
  New York-based Serafina Restaurant Group opened its first restaurant Serafina in India yesterday. Serafina Mumbai, at Palladium mall in Lower Parel, ...read more>>
Starbucks opens 1st India store in Mumbai
  Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks has forayed into India, with the opening of its flagship outlet in Mumbai, last week. This week, two more stores will be launched in the city. ...read more>>
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