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 CHEF'S CORNER
Saransh Goila, Anchor & Chef Consultant
At the age of 26, Anchor, Chef Consultant and Food Columnist, Saransh Goila, is India’s youngest celebrity Chef. Goila is the host of India’s biggest food and travel show, ‘Roti, Rasta aur India’. The show has enabled him set a record in Limca Book of Records for being the first Indian chef to travel 20,000 km by road for 100 days, to discover India’s rich food and culinary heritage.
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 CITY SCAPE

Chennai: A Riveting Luxury Hospitality Turf
Known as the Detroit of India, the Southern metropolis of India, Chennai, has witnessed dramatic changes in its luxury hospitality offerings, over the last few years. There has been huge influx of luxury hotel brands into the city, to service varied spectrum of customers and their requirements. Hospitality Biz delves into factors that brought out the transformation of Chennai from a highly conventional to a truly international city for hospitality
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 EXPERT SPEAK
‘The design approach should be G-local’ - Sanjay Puri, Principal Architect, Sanjay Puri Architects
When it comes to bathrooms, every hotelier needs to invest in good quality, sustainable and elegant looking bathroom fixtures and fittings. The term ‘fixture and fitting’ refers to the large quantity of items purchased to fit in to the hotel bathrooms.
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 INTERVIEW
‘Renovated Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi is New & Contemporary’ - Vishwapreet Cheema, General Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi
Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi is the first Radisson hotel to be elevated to the premium ‘Plaza’ branding by Carlson Rezidor in India. The 261-room hotel, which is also the flagship Radisson property in India, has recently undergone a complete renovation, adding many new features. Vishwapreet Cheema, General Manager of the hotel in an interaction with Hospitality Biz talks about the new branding and its relevance to the customers.
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Duet Smart Hotels India, a Joint Venture (JV) between Duet India Hotels and InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), has announced the opening of their second Holiday Inn Express brand hotel in the country in the Mahindra World City, Chennai in Tamil Nadu. ...read more>>
 
The Gateway Hotels & Resorts, part of the Taj Group, launched The Gateway Hotel EM Bypass Kolkata yesterday. The Gateway Hotels & Resorts caters to the upscale segment and with the opening of this hotel, The Gateway Hotels & Resorts now has 24 hotels in its portfolio. ...read more>>
 
Hilton Worldwide announced that it will introduce the Hilton Garden Inn brand in Kerala with the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum on December 27, 2013 yesterday. Owned by Muthoot Hotels & Infrastructure Ventures (P) Ltd. ...read more>>
 
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement with Eros Resorts and Hotels Ltd. to manage its two hotels in Delhi’s emerging business district of Mayur Vihar. Under the agreement, the hotels will be rebranded to IHG’s Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands respectively.
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The 159-year-old Vivanta Connemara Chennai will refurbish its rooms in phases, upgrade its spa and also focus on its pan Asian restaurant Hip Asia, said a senior hotel official stated a report in Business Standard. ...read more>>
 
Duet India Hotels, owners and developers of international hotel brands in India, who have developed five hotels in the country in the last seven years, have decided to impart their expertise in project development to developers and owners. ...read more>>
 
Asian hospitality group, Dusit International has announced the launch of a premium hotel brand, Dusit Devarana. Catering to the discerning, high-powered sophisticate looking for a more experiential stay, Dusit Devarana leverages on Dusit International’s rich cultural heritage and history of gracious hospitality to offer an intimate sanctuary experience, travmedia.com reported. ...read more>>
 
Samode Hotels’ first Safari Lodge at Bandhavgarh has become a member of Relais & Chateaux international marketing alliance. ...read more>>
 
Hotels in the Asia Pacific region experienced mixed results in the three key performance metrics during November 2013, according to data compiled by STR Global. The region’s occupancy ended the month with a 1.1 per cent increase to 72.4 per cent; its average daily rate dropped 4.9 per cent to USD 123.13; and its revenue per available room was down 3.8 per cent to USD 89.12. ...read more>>
 
To celebrate the legacy of iconic The Oberoi, New Delhi, a sit-down hosted dinner was organised for a select 100 guests from Travel and Trade industry on the November 27, 2013....read more>>
 
Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor launched his twin restaurants The Yellow Chilli and Stir Crazy in Thane at the Viviana Mall recently. The spacious restaurant comprising of 110 covers is on the second floor of the mall, facing the main road. To top the offering is the open terrace seating. ...read more>>
 
Hospitality technology provider, eRevMax, announced the release of its new corporate video outlining the company's focus on continuous innovation and the provision of intelligent solutions for hotel online distribution management recently. ...read more>>
 
Amadeus, technology provider for the global travel industry, has announced that it is to acquire Newmarket International, provider of cloud-based group and event IT solutions to the hotel industry, for USD 500 million recently. ...read more>>
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