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 COVER STORY

Hospitality Education: Yearning for Care & Attention!
Hospitality education in India requires urgent attention and a complete revamp to attract young minds to pursue it as a career option, and at the same time contain the current paucity of skilled manpower in the industry. Although hospitality education has a well-entrenched root of over six decades in the Indian educational framework, there has been hardly any major change in the curriculum being followed over the decades, ultimately making it archaic.
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 INTERVIEW
Providing Sustainable Solutions for Cleaner Environment - Deepak Thakur, Corporate Head, Solar Business Unit, Thermax Limited
Pune-headquartered Thermax Limited, an engineering company, provides sustainable solutions to energy and environment sectors. Deepak Thakur, Corporate Head, Solar Business Unit, Thermax Limited speaks to Hospitality Biz about the trends, growth of alternate energy and the various solutions being offered by Thermax to different verticals
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Skill Development with Focus on Culinary Education - Virender S Datta, Founder and Chairman, INTL Institute of Culinary Arts, New Delhi
Culinary training in India is still a subject that has not received enough focus in the minds of Industry professionals. They still depend on poaching trained professional from other hotels, offering them the incentives of either higher salary or a promotion; for which that may or may not be ready. This inadvertently leads to artificial scarcity in the market, causing high mobility and at times lowering of standards.
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This Week's Top Headlines
HRAWI to hold 17th regional convention on August 23 & 24, 2013 at The Hyatt Regency, Pune
  The 17th regional convention of the Hotel and Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) will be held on August 23 and 24, 2013 at The Hyatt Regency, Pune. ...read more>>
Value-based Property Tax calculation feared to impact hotel industry in Mumbai
  The new capital value-based system of Property Tax calculation has landed Mumbai's hotel and restaurant industry in jeopardy. D S Advani, President, Hotel and Restaurant Association (H&RA) of Western India, ...read more>>
Hyatt Hotel to bring all 7 brands in India in 3 years
  Hyatt Hotel Corporation will bring all of its seven brands in India in the next three years to increase footprint in the country. The hotel chain that had entered India with Hyatt Regency in Delhi 30 years ago, ...read more>>
Carlson Rezidor plans to add 38 hotels in India by 2015
  Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is planning to add 38 new hotels in India and increase employee strength by over 9,000 by 2015. "We are aspiring to have 100 hotels in India by 2015, and ...read more>>
Kanpur hotels asked to register under Sarai Act in 8 days
  A notice has been issued to the owners of 32 hotels by the District Magistrate of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and the Regional Tourism Department asking them to register their establishment under the Sarai Act, 1867 ...read more>>
Mahindra Holidays plans to add 1,000 rooms in next 2 years
  Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. plans to add over 1,000 apartments to its existing portfolio of 2,500 in the next two years. “We are actively pursuing something in Sri Lanka and ...read more>>
Fairmont Hotels signs management contract with BPTP for new property in Noida
  Canadian luxury hotel operator, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, has signed a hotel management contract with real estate developer BPTP Limited. The hotel will come up on a portion of the 21 acres of land ...read more>>
Pax Hotels introduces flagship hotel The Continental in Lucknow
  Pax Hotels, a full-service management company, recently introduced its first hotel, The Continental – PAX Hotel, in Lucknow. The property has 42 fully-appointed rooms with modern amenities, premium rooms, ...read more>>
Sarovar Hotels enters Agra, Ajmer & Bekal
  Sarovar Hotels & Resorts has entered Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Ajmer (Rajasthan) and Bekal (Kerala) with the signing of one hotel in each city. The five-star Crystal Sarovar Premiere in Agra ...read more>>
WelcomHeritage opens 4th Nature Resort in India
  WelcomHeritage Jungle Home at Pench, Madhya Pradesh is the latest addition to the WelcomHeritage collection of Nature Resorts. Pench National Park is a birdwatcher's paradise and ...read more>>
MoT gives go-ahead to NCHMCT for tie-up with Cornell School of Hotel Administration, USA
  To provide global exposure to Indian students at an economical cost, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India yesterday directed the National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT), ...read more>>
Air India plans to tie up with international hotel chain
  In a bid to increase revenue, Air India Ltd has proposed tying up with an international hotel chain to boost its frequent-flyer programme. ...read more>>
Goa to target new markets in next tourist season
  Goa Tourism plans to focus on new markets like Japan, the US, Gulf states, and South East Asia for the next season beginning mid-September. Fourteen travel agents and tour operators from the Gulf ...read more>>
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