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 COVER STORY

Hospitality Education: Aspiration for Foreign Learning Continues
Despite improvement in educational infrastructure and proliferation of hotel institutes in the country, the urge to go overseas for hospitality-oriented courses is still prevalent among Indian students. Inspite of the recent restrictions imposed by some countries on student visas, the flow will continue unabated, feels experts. Hospitality Biz presents an overview
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 INTERVIEW
“Our priority is infrastructure development at tourist destinations” - A P Anilkumar, Minister for Tourism, Government of Kerala
A P Anilkumar, Minister for Tourism, Government of Kerala speaks to Hospitality Biz about the new Tourism Policy, initiatives and Kerala Travel Mart 2012
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Let Delhi Be a Fun Park - Anurag Yadav, Freelance Writer, New Delhi
Tourism industry, which is always about rest, recreation and movement of people, has been closely associated with amusement parks. Amusement Parks are one of the most sought after places today and known as people's recreation place. The oldest amusement park in the world (opened 1583) is Bakken, at Klampenborg, North of Copenhagen, Denmark. A Black gang Chine amusement park, established in 1843 by Victorian entrepreneur Alexander Dabell, on the Isle of Wight, UK can be considered the oldest existing theme park in the world. Internationally, while it was Disneyland that held sway from the sixties, many other similar centers for amusement strode on to the scene.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Parvez Dewan to replace R H Khwaja as Tourism Secretary
  Parvez Dewan, IAS, will replace Rajen Habib ( R H) Khwaja as Secretary - Tourism, Government of India. A 1977-batch IAS of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) cadre, Dewan will assume office from first week ...read more>>
SIHRA re-elects K Syama Raju as President for 2012-13
  The Southern region of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), South India Hotels & Restaurants Association (SIHRA) has re-elected K Syama Raju, ...read more>>
Allowing FDI in India will help take growth forward: CII President
  Praising the Indian government for its brave decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in aviation and retail, Adi Godrej, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and ...read more>>
Odisha Tourism to lease out 44 of its properties to private players
  Odisha Tourism has identified 44 properties under the ownership of Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) to be leased out to private investors with experience in the field, ...read more>>
50,000 hotel rooms in top six Indian cities in 5 years: C&W – CII report
  Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) jointly launched the research report with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) titled ‘Indian Hospitality Story 2012 & Beyond’ at the fourth International CII Hospitality Fair 2012, ...read more>>
STR Global, Horwath HTL analyse hotel performance in India from Jan-June 2012
  STR Global and Horwath HTL in their latest India Market Hotel Review presented the analysis of hotel performance in India from Jan to June 2012. ...read more>>
Hotel Leelaventure to foray into business hotel segment soon
  Hotel Leelaventure Limited is set to venture into the entry-level business class hotel segment with a chain of hotels under the brand Essence by The Leela. ...read more>>
Anantara opens global sales office in India
  Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has opened its global sales office in India in Mumbai. The newly appointed Regional Director of Sales for India, Shannon Creado, ...read more>>
HICSA 2013 to bring together 4 global hospitality presidents for first time
  HVS will organise the ninth Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA) 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai from April 3-4, 2013. HICSA 2013 will make global history by bringing together, ...read more>>
Nidra Hotels to start Delhi operations by month-end
  Nidra Hotels’ second property in India will open its second hotel in New Delhi by the end of this month. Nidra Hotels is a mid-market city hotel brand of Shanti Hospitality. ...read more>>
Mehrangarh Fort ranks first among tourist attractions in India
  Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur was recently rated the number one tourist attraction in India by TripAdvisor on the basis of reviews by foreign travellers. The travel website listed the top 15 Indian historic/landmark sites ...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>>
Best Foods forays into health food segment
  Best Foods Ltd, one of the largest players in the Basmati rice segment in India, as part of its strategy to enter into health food segment, has launched brown Basmati rice in the Indian market. Besides brown Basmati rice, the ...read more>>
Spanish beer brand Estrella Damm Barcelona to enter India next month
  Estrella Damm Barcelona, the flagship beer brand of Spanish company S.A. Damm, will enter India next month through a partnership with Cerana, an Indian craft beer company. ...read more>>
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