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 COVER STORY

Vendors’ Vision 2014: Aspire for Stability, Opportunity & Growth
Rupee devaluation, delay in new project development, below par spending on renovations and restoration works, inordinate delays in payments on supplies, the hospitality equipment manufacturers and vendors had a harrowing time in 2013. While going into 2014, the hospitality supplier market is cautiously optimistic about some improvements in the business environment in the country. Hospitality Biz tries to gather the prevailing sentiments in the market…
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 CITY SCAPE

Kolkata Hotel-scape: Craving to catch up with other Metros
The hospitality industry in the Eastern metropolis of Kolkata which has been devoid of much action until now has started looking up slowly in the last couple of years with new investments coming in. However, there are doubts among industry pundits if the city would become another supply surplus story. Hospitality Biz studies the evolving hotel landscape in the City of Joy
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 INTERVIEW
‘The rebranding of London hotels exhibits our faith in luxury hospitality market in the city’ - Digvijay Singh
In a major step to bring visibility to The Taj brand in the international market, The Taj Group will be rebranding their two landmark properties in London to Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences, and St. James’ Court-A Taj Hotel. Digvijay Singh, General Manager of these hotels in an interaction with Hospitality Biz talks about the new branding and its significance
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 EXPERT SPEAK
India as a Culinary Destination: Opportunities - Anil Bhandari, Chairman, AB Smart Concepts
Indian cuisine is diverse in its offerings and is known world over for the use of exotic spices. With an interesting blend of history and modernity, Indian cuisine is a reflection of the country’s 5,000-year-old history and the rich flora and fauna. India has something to offer to all categories of tourists and travellers. The colourful mosaic of Indian festivals, fairs and associated regional cuisines adds to the multifarious diversities of this land.
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Giving the keynote address at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) recently conducted annual tourism summit, ‘The Wonder that is India’, Parvez Dewan, Secretary-Tourism, Government of India, said that even within limited resources, India has managed to maintain its tourism infrastructure and services. ...read more>>
 
Leading hospitality group Carlson Rezidor in collaboration with Bestech Hospitalities will develop 43 more Park Inn by Radisson hotels in India by 2024 according to a PTI report.
"As part our agreement with Bestech, six hotel management agreements have already been executed in 2013. From now to 2024, the partnership will deliver an additional 43 new generation Park Inn by Radisson hotels in north and central India," Simon C Barlow, President, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said in a press release.
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The Taj Group introduced its two newly rebranded London hotels – St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel and Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences on January 7, 2014. The hotels will now be promoted within the Taj Group’s portfolio of luxury hotels, resorts and palaces, and Taj Group has sole ownership and management, as well as operational and ...read more>>
 
Marriott Hotels in India has announced their exclusive association with young golfers from India, Shiv Kapur and Sharmila Nicollet recently, to promote the game and the brand Marriott in the market. As per the partnership, these young golfers will hold golf clinics in ...read more>>
 
Lite Bite foods (LBF), an F&B Retail Company has been awarded the F&B concessions at the new Terminal 2 at Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). In the first phase, LBF launched with 15 outlets at the International Security Hold Area (SHA) Food court and the domestic SHA departure non-food court outlets, out of which nine are at landside arrivals ...read more>>
 
The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) India office will host ‘2014 India Showcase’ in Mumbai at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel on January 16 and in New Delhi at The Taj Mahal Hotel on January 18 respectively. ...read more>>
 
Choice Hotels India, the wholly owned subsidiary of Choice Hotels International, recently announced the grand opening of their new property under their upscale brand Clarion namely Clarion Hotel Coimbatore. ...read more>>
 
Ranbanka Palce Hotel has recently opened up after refurbishment. It is the only property in Jodhpur to be acknowledged as a ‘Classic Heritage Hotel’ by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The newly renovated luxury Connecticut accommodations at Heritage Hotel feature all the modern comforts of a hotel blended with a perfect amalgam ...read more>>
 
Located in Rajiv Gandhi IT Park, The Lalit Chandigarh is a five-star deluxe hotel, overlooking the Shivalik range. The hotel is inspired by the famous French architect Le Corbusier, which is reflected both in the architecture as well as the interiors of the Hotel. ...read more>>
 
This month, Mumbai will get a taste of Diva, the Delhi-based flagship Italian eatery of restaurateur, TV show host, and cookbook author Ritu Dalmia. Diva is coming to Mumbai in the form of a pop-up restaurant thanks to Cellar Door Hospitality, a company founded by Mangal Dalal and Nachiket Shetye who are also behind the bi-annual Restaurant Week ...read more>>
 
La Folie, a luxury French boutique pâtisserie is scheduled to open at Kala Ghoda in Mumbai on January 24, 2014. At the helm, spearheading the brand, Chef Sanjana uses only the finest ingredients and authentic preparation methods. La Folie specialises in sophisticated desserts made using French techniques, as well as bespoke cakes. ...read more>>
 
Puratos India has recently launched Cremfil, a range of ready to use creamy fillings designed for ambient and cold bakery and patisserie goods in India. ...read more>>
 
Cooper Corporation will launch Gensets under the Stringent Emission Norms by CPCB II. The new emission norms will come into effect from April 1, 2014. Cooper Corporation’s Ecopack Gensets ranging from 10 KVA to 200 KVA comply with the latest CPCB II Emission Limits applied by the Central Pollution Control Board for new diesel engines up to 800KVA. ...read more>>
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