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 INTERVIEW
More than...Just Cook! - Harpal Singh Sokhi, Anchor - Turban Tadka, FoodFood Channel
To be a successful chef on television, one needs to be innovative and also understand the psyche of viewers. Harpal Singh Sokhi, Anchor - Turban Tadka, FoodFood Channel talks to Hospitality Biz about his experience on television
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 SPECIAL REPORT
CRISIL Opinion Hotels 2012
CRISIL Research, an independent and integrated research house in India presents latest survey on occupancy of Indian hotels. The report expects profitability of premium hotels (five-star and five-star deluxe) to plunge in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
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 NEW APPOINTMENT
Vella Ramasawmy, General Manager, Kempinski Ambience Hotel, Delhi
Douglas Martell, Vice President Operations, South West Asia, IHG
Ketan Parmar, General Manager, Hotel Formule 1 Ahmedabad
Sanjeev Advani, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyatt Regency Mumbai
Greg Berman, CEO, eRevMax International
Vandana Dutta, Director - Business Development, The Claridges, New Delhi

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This Week's Top Headlines
Tourism outlay to increase three-fold in 12th Five Year Plan period
  According to Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister for Tourism, Government of India, expenditure for implementing tourism plans will see a three-fold increase in the 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-17), ...read more>>
Indian govt dedicated to Ecotourism promotion: Environment Minister
  Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment & Forests, Government of India, recently said that the Centre is committed to promoting Ecotourism and has set-up a committee to review guidelines for the same. ...read more>>
Travel & tourism sector contributed 6.4% to India’s GDP in 2011
  The travel and tourism sector contributed 6.4 per cent to India’s GDP, amounting to Rs 6.7 billion, which includes direct, indirect and induced impacts, according to a research by Oxford Economics, ...read more>>
FHRAI signs MoUs with global hospitality bodies for mutual research
  Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with four international hospitality bodies to exchange expertise and fraternity strategy evolution. ...read more>>
HRAWI elects Dinesh Advani as President for 2012-13
  The 62nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the office bearers of Hotel & Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) for 2012-13, was held at ITC Grand Central in Mumbai. ...read more>>
CRISIL expects profits of five-star hotels to hit 10-year dip
  CRISIL Research, an independent and integrated research house in India, in its latest survey expects profitability of premium hotels (five-star and five-star deluxe) to plunge in 2012-13 and 2013-14. ...read more>>
Six in ten Asian travellers opt for international economy hotels: Accor
  Six out of ten Asian travellers prefer international economy hotel brands to domestic brands and were willing to spend more per night for the same, according to Accor’s Asia Economy Hotel Research 2012. ...read more>>
Lemon Tree Hotels bags HR Leadership Award for 2012
  Lemon Tree Hotels has once again notched up a winning performance in HR leadership. Davander Tomar, Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs, Lemon Tree Hotels Pvt Ltd has been felicitated ...read more>>
Kerala government-sponsored budget hotels to get LPG at domestic rates
  Budget hotels in Kerala, which will be set-up by the state government, will receive Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) at domestic rates from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) ...read more>>
ITC Grand Chola opens in Chennai
  ITC Hotels has launched the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister, Government of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the property. The 600-room ITC Grand Chola is slated to alter the tourism ...read more>>
HFTP ties-up with AHLEI for certification programmes
  Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional (HFTP) recently tied-up with American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), India for HFTP's Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) ...read more>>
Delhi Excise Department to implement ESCIMS for resto bars from Dec 2012
  In order to bring efficiency and transparency in the supply chain system related to manufacture and sale of liquor – wine, beer, and hard liquor – in Delhi, Excise Department, ...read more>>
Starbucks postpones entry into India to end of 2012
  Seattle-based Starbucks has postponed its entry into India to the end of 2012 from August/September, earlier. Tata Starbucks Ltd, which is a joint venture between Starbucks and ...read more>>
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