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 COVER STORY

Thought for Food!
A staggering 1.3 million tonnes of food waste from hotels and restaurants worldwide goes into landfill sites every year. And to deal with this issue, UN, this year highlights on the food wastage, ‘Think, Eat, Save’. Hospitality Biz looks at how the hospitality industry can reduce that figure in a way that would boost its environmental standing and help the bottom line
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 INTERVIEW
'Our commitment makes us the first organised player in the commercial kitchen segment' - Tom Joseph, Assistant VP, JSL Lifestyles
arttd’inox, the premium lifestyle brand in stainless steel from JSL Lifestyle Ltd.—a subsidiary of JSL Stainless Ltd.—recently entered the commercial kitchen segment, and is hopeful of establishing itself as a major, national player in the Indian market. In a one-on-one interaction with Hospitality Biz, Tom Joseph, Assistant Vice President, JSL Lifestyles, shares his plans for the future, targets for business and outlook for the commercial kitchen segment
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 EXPERT SPEAK
The Commission Controversy - Jean Francois Mourier, CEO and Founder, REVPAR GURU
It is a pretty common occurrence when revenue managers see that their properties' occupancy has hit a specific, pre-determined percentage, they decide to shut off the channel with the highest commission rates. This percentage could be 50 per cent or 90 per cent, depending on the property's specific revenue management goals. But in most cases, the end result is the same—revenue managers shut off the Online Travel Agents (OTAs) with the highest commission rate, which are often also the sites that generate the majority of a property's bookings.
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This Week's Top Headlines
Star hotels can charge more than MRP for beverages: Kerala HC
  Star hotels can charge a higher price for soft drinks and other beverages than the Maximum Retail Price (MRP), the Kerala High Court (HC) said recently. ...read more>>
CCEA approves offloading of 5% government stake in ITDC
  As part of the Central government’s move to raise funds through offloading of government stakes in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) ...read more>>
SC allows Mumbai dance bars to restart operations
  The Supreme Court (SC) of India today vacated the six-year-old stay on implementation of the Mumbai High Court's judgement nullifying the Maharashtra government’s amendment of the Bombay Police Act in 2005, which banned dance bars in the state. ...read more>>
Tourism Essence to launch hotel representation division by year end
  Tourism Essence, a sales and representation company, will open a division to exclusively represent individual hotels based in other countries, especially in Asia. ...read more>>
RezNext partners with Yatra.com, Travelguru.com to provide instant hotel room booking facilities
  RezNext, a fully owned subsidiary of IDS NEXT, has partnered with Online Travel Agents (OTAs), Yatra.com and Travelguru.com, offering customers of the two travel planning websites updated ...read more>>
ITC Hotels launches WelcomHotel Dwarka, New Delhi
  ITC Hotels has further expanded its portfolio of premium hotels with the opening of the WelcomHotel Dwarka, New Delhi in the NCR. The 393-room, ...read more>>
Cox & Kings to invest over Rs 1,230 cr in 4 yrs for hotel expansion, opening of PGL centres
  Cox & Kings Ltd yesterday said it will invest over Rs 1,230 crore in the next four years as part of its global expansion plans, the PTI reported. ...read more>>
Tata Global Beverages to develop Bengaluru property via agreement with Tata Realty
  Tata Global Beverages Ltd has entered into an agreement with Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd to develop the former’s property in Bengaluru, Karnataka through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). ...read more>>
ASSOCHAM to organise The India 2013 Tourism & Hospitality Event in Ahmedabad on July 20
  According to WTTC, the tourism sector is predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 7.7 per cent in the next decade and India is the fifth fastest growing tourism industry. ...read more>>
JSM Corporation to launch Japan's Inakaya restaurant chain in India by year end
  JSM Corporation Pvt Ltd, an Indian franchise that runs US F&B chains such as Hard Rock Cafe and California Pizza Kitchen, will launch Japan's popular restaurant chain, Inakaya, in India. ...read more>>
Yum! Restaurants looking at expansion in Tier-II, III towns in India
  Yum! Restaurants India, part of Yum! Brands Inc that owns KFC and Pizza Hut chains, is eyeing expansion in smaller towns as part of plans to double its outlets in the Indian sub-continent to 1,000 by 2015. ...read more>>
Sula Vineyards introduces its wines in Sikkim
  Sula Vineyards has ventured into Sikkim. The company's wines, distributed by Overall Traders, which is the state's largest distributor, are now available at all leading retail outlets, restaurants and hotels, ...read more>>
Tata Starbucks debuts in Gurgaon
  Tata Starbucks Ltd, the 50:50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Ltd, this week opened its first outlet in Gurgaon, ...read more>>
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