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 EXPERT SPEAK
The Evolution of Restaurant Business in India - Riyaaz Amlani, CEO and MD, Impresario Hospitality Pvt. Ltd
Over the last decade, hospitality industry has undergone a series of rapid metamorphoses. The changing aspirations, choices and behavioural patterns of the consumers form an essential parameter, driving this transformation. Also, the entry of international players in the market and the burgeoning of casual and fine dining restaurants have significantly changed the scenario. The food services industry is constantly adapting itself and evolving by identifying and setting trends, be it culinary, service, marketing, design or concept.
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 DAY IN THE LIFE OF
Nirmal Khandelwal, Director, FCML Projects
Nirmal Khandelwal is the current patriarch of a family business which evolved through seven generations now. As a suave entrepreneur, Khandelwal has been able to steer the FCML brand & establish it as a premium lifestyle retail & hospitality supplies brand over the last four decades. A business man to the core, Khandelwal wears many hats as a social being & seamlessly fulfills both his business & social commitments. Hospitality Biz meets with Khandelwal to know him closely……
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 CHEF'S CORNER
Shivneet Pohoja, Executive Chef, WelcomHotel Dwarka, Delhi
An alumnus of Institute of Hotel Management Chennai and a Graduate from ITC Hotel’s Advanced Training Institute, Chef Shivneet Pohoja has worked with ITC Hotels for over 11 years at different locations. Formally trained at Tunglok, Singapore’s finest restaurant chain in Contemporary Chinese cuisine, he was responsible for opening ‘My Humble House’ at ITC Maurya. He also led the kitchens of Restaurants like Peshawri, West View, Pavilion, and My Humble House at ITC Hotels, before taking charge of the kitchens at WelcomHotel Dwarka, New Delhi as Executive Chef. Hospitality Biz tries to understand this young Chef closely….
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
A total of 2,968 Visas on Arrival (VoAs) were issued last month, up by 62.7 per cent from November 2013. This figure does not include the T VoAs enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization that were launched on November 27 this year for 43 countries. ...read more>>
 
Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance, Government of India, said that “fears about the revenue loss” to the states on the implementation of Goods & Services Tax (GST) will be addressed through a “compensatory mechanism in the transition period” of the new tax ...read more>>
 
Addressing an interactive meeting organised by National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) , Satish Upadhyay, State President of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Delhi extended his support for a single window clearance for the restaurant industry in the State. ...read more>>
 
International media campaign undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India were rated as excellent in terms of quality, theme and appearance, with the overall perception being rated as good, according to a recent study. ...read more>>
 
Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Hotels (Lalit Suri Hospitality), has been appointed as President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). ...read more>>
 
Succumbing to pressure from various quarters, the Kerala Cabinet has announced major relaxation on the Liquor Policy implemented in the State in August this year. As per the revised policy, liquor vends and bars would function as usual on Sundays. ...read more>>
 
Fitrangi (India’s Complete Adventure Portal) along with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will host a first-of-its-kind ‘Adventure Tourism Conclave 2015’, on January 7, at CIDCO Auditorium and Hall, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. ...read more>>
 
The Lemon Tree Hotel Company opened their third property - Lemon Tree Hotel, Gachibowli, in Hyderabad thereby becoming the largest owner of hotel rooms in the ‘New City’ area of Hyderabad.. With this addition, Lemon Tree Hotels, currently the third largest Indian hotel chain by asset ownership in the country, spreads its wings in 26 locations across 15 cities in India. ...read more>>
 
Indian luxury hotel group, The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Summit Group of Nepal to manage Summit Group’s upcoming luxury hotel in the Nepalese capital city, Kathmandu. ...read more>>
 
The demand for the premium US Whiskeys has ten-fold in India market over the last decade despite the various entry and other duty barriers, said Frank Coleman, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States ...read more>>
 
As per a news report in The Economic Times, Louvre Hotels, a European hotel group will debut its budget brands - Campanile and Premiere Classe next year in India. By 2017, Louvre Hotels targets 60 operational hotels in the country. ...read more>>
 
Bengaluru-based RoomsTonite.com has launched a hotel booking mobile app for the benefit of travellers. The mobile app–RoomsTonite, can be downloaded on android-based smartphones and targets frequent business travelers and impulsive holiday-seekers. ...read more>>
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