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 INTERVIEW
Hyatt Place offers fresh, purposeful and friendly stay experience - Sumit Kumar, General Manager, Hyatt Place Hampi
The first Hyatt Place in India is now open at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi. Hospitality Biz speaks to Sumit Kumar, General Manager, Hyatt Place Hampi about the newly launched property
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Educating Generation Next Chefs - Mehernosh Dhanda, Chef Instructor, Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa
It is not just about cooking, but about creating the next generation of chefs. I want the future chefs to be educated, honest, upright, hardworking citizens. They must appreciate the finer nuances of international art, culture and literature. They need to be tech-savvy and closely connected to the IT world. I want them to be global in their thoughts, but local in their actions. It is essential to instill the right values, professional behaviour, international business etiquettes, a winning attitude and develop the student holistically, instead of merely focusing on their culinary skills.
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 NEW APPOINTMENTS
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EllBee Hospitality to introduce 'EllBee Hotels' in Mar 2013
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Grand Hyatt Goa receives ISO 22000 Certification
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Ramada Powai Hotel opens rooftop lounge 'SKKY'
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Indian Railways planning to replace pantry cars with base kitchens
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Government reduces budget allocation to MoT
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Radikal Overseas to embark on major marketing drive for Radikal Basmati rice in India
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Liquor prices to rise in Bihar
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