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 INTERVIEW
Olive Oil market is poised for strong growth in India in coming years - Rajneesh Bhasin, President, Indian Olive Association
With leading brands proactively investing in creating consumer awareness about Olive Oil in India, Indian Olive Association is hopeful of achieving at least 25% CAGR growth of the category in the India edible oil market over the next five years. Hospitality Biz finds out from Rajneesh Bhasin, President of the Indian Olive Association, who is also the Managing Director of Borges India, about the market opportunities of Olive products in India market.
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 EXPERT SPEAK
Technology not an enabler for T&H industry anymore – it’s a necessity - Naresh Ramaswamy, Head - Travel and Hospitality Practice, Blue Star Infotech
With the advent of niche players in the Indian travel market, the ecosystem of Travel & Hospitality (T&H) industry will witness a huge change in terms of emergence of new business models. T&H is one of the biggest revenue generators of ecommerce arena in India. The existing players face enormous challenge in terms of changing behaviour of existing consumers, demands and expectations of millennials, and advent of new business models.
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 CITY SCAPE

Varanasi: Craving for Basic Amenities
With the prominence of the Buddhist circuit, religious ghats and temples and centre for silk trading, Varanasi is undoubtedly a major tourist magnet. Industry veterans say that owing to its poor infrastructure and lack of basic tourism-related facilities, its potential has not been tapped to the fullest. TravelBiz Monitor speaks to leading hoteliers in the city on the opportunities and challenges that lie within the destination.
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
As part of facilitating smooth travel for both domestic and international tourists, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, has proposed at least one dedicated tourist coach with major trains terminating or passing through important tourist destinations. ...read more>>
 
As per a PTI report, India ranks 11th in Asia and Pacific region and 65th amongst 140 countries in tourism competitiveness, as per the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2013 of the World Economic Forum. ...read more>>
 
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is set to organise the ‘Maharashtra International Travel Mart’ (MITM) at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from February 26 to 28, 2015. ...read more>>
 
Kerala Government has informed the Kerala High Court which is hearing various petitions of Bar owners against the banning of bars in hotels below 4-star that the government has appointed a committee to study the socio-economic impact of Liquor policy of the ...read more>>
 
Travel search site Wego has shared the company’s top five most popular searches for 2014 as well as their regional market observations of travel trends during 2014, and key predictions for 2015. ...read more>>
 
In a path-breaking development, Accor, leading European Hospitality brand, and Huazhu Hotels Group, also known as China Lodging Group, a fast growing hotel company in China, sealed an extensive and long-term alliance to create the most prominent and ...read more>>
 
India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (ITDC), a public sector corporation under the Ministry of Tourism, has signed an agreement with Assam Down Town University, Guwahati, to work together in Hospitality education. ...read more>>
 
Ecuador, which opened their Consulate office in India in Mumbai last year, is keen to explore Indian investments in diverse of sectors, including Tourism. The sectors they have identified include Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications, Food processing and Tourism. ...read more>>
 
Sarovar Hotels has rolled out their mobile website m.sarovarhotels.com empowering guests to book a room at any of the Sarovar hotel while on the move. The mobile website features a highly functional design aesthetic that includes a main menu as well as a ...read more>>
 
Fortune Park Hotels expanded their bouquet of hotels with the opening of Fortune Park Moksha in McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh. Nestled in the scenic Strawberry Hills and surrounded by a thick cover of pine trees with beautiful view of the snow-capped ...read more>>
 
WelcomHeritage Lha-Ri-Sa Resort, located in Leh-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir is the latest addition to the WelcomHeritage collection of Nature Resorts, stated the company in a release. ...read more>>
 
Hettich India , the Indian subsidiary of Hettich Germany, global leaders in fittings hardware and solutions, has unveiled their first innovation centre in Bangalore. ...read more>>
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