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 COVER STORY

The changing face of MICE venues
The art of organising meetings is fast evolving to meet with the dynamic changes of the business landscape today. To attract clients, MICE hotels are coming up with innovative and exciting offerings in terms of approach, design, stay, engagement and more. Hospitality Biz finds out more about the changing face of MICE hotels in India
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 INTERVIEWS
‘Loyalty programmes bridge gap between expectations and offerings’ - Mark Spicer, General Manager - India operation, ICLP
Being part of a loyalty programme helps hotels minimise guest shifts, provide business with invaluable data about the guest buying behaviour, preferences, travel patterns and more. Newly appointed as the General Manager - India operation for ICLP, Mark Spicer shares insights on the potential for loyalty programmes in India with Hospitality Biz
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 CITY SCAPE

Pune Marching ahead of time
Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra and has been the most happening place for the hospitality industry in the last decade. The city has witnessed phenomenal hospitality investments in the last ten years riding on the IT, automobile and pharmaceutical industry boom. Hospitality Biz tries to ponder the changes that have come over in the hotel landscape in the city over the years
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 CHEF'S CORNER

Chef Ranveer Brar, Sr Executive Chef, Novotel Mumbai & TV Anchor
Having learnt the basics of cooking from the streets of Lucknow, the capital of Awadhi cuisine, Chef Ranveer Brar went on to conquer the food service world as a young boy. He conceptualised and created many popular restaurants both in India and overseas.
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Tourism Minister’s preoccupation with Andhra Pradesh politics and the bifurcation issue in the Parliament, literally took the colour out of the National Tourism Awards 2012-13 held at Vigyan Bhavan today. ...read more>>
 
Government of Maharashtra's proposal to hike the license fee of permit rooms and wine shops by as much as 50 per cent has come in for heavy criticism from the hospitality industry, stated a report in Indiainfoline. ...read more>>
 
With a vision to establish a structured, stringent and analytical hygiene program across all levels of operations, The Imperial has launched a ‘Food safety and hygiene standards department’. ...read more>>
 
Central air conditioning and commercial refrigeration major, Blue Star Limited executed the air conditioning as well as plumbing works of the integrated Terminal Building, Terminal 2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai recently. ...read more>>
 
In one of the biggest deals in the Indian hospitality industry, sovereign wealth funds of Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Malaysia are vying with each other to acquire two of India's marquee properties. ...read more>>
 
Sarovar Hotels & Resorts have opened Park Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur, a full service, upscale hotel in Punjab. This marks the group’s fifth property in the state. ...read more>>
 
Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology & Research Society (MSIHMCTRS), Pune had organised a state level seminar on ‘Trending Avenues for Hospitality Professionals’ under the Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) of the ...read more>>
 
TripAdvisor has announced the results of an independent study that underscores how essential online traveller reviews are in the research and booking process. ...read more>>
 
All India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) in association with the India Grape Processing Board (IGPB), set up under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, has organised the second edition of 'India Grape Harvest & Wine ...read more>>
 
An all day dining restaurant titled 'Ssence' has been launched in Delhi NCR at The Suryaa today. Ssence offers a wide range of cuisines from all over the world, right from hand tossed Italian pizzas, ...read more>>
 
Quality NZ is the first New Zealand F&B company to be based in India. Their product range includes wine, salmon, lamb and apples. The company plans to bring New Zealand wine brands as Main Divide, ...read more>>
 
The Beer Café, a beer café chain, opened its first large format outlet-Biggie- in Delhi last week. The flagship Biggie, as the name suggests, has a unique location in prime Connaught Place with more space for beer drinkers to chill out as well as more display ...read more>>
 
Micros systems Inc., provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, announced a new strategic global collaboration with Microsoft, Dell and Intel to re-imagine the hospitality and retail mobile experience for employees and ...read more>>
 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Velocity Frequent Flyer, the loyalty program of Virgin Australia have announced a comprehensive new partnership. Marking Starwood’s only airline partnership in Australia, the collaboration offers new benefits to members of ...read more>>
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