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Vivek Kapoor, Executive Chef, My Fortune Bengaluru
Chef Vivek Kapoor was groomed under eminent chefs of the trade during his association with the Oberoi Group during his apprenticeship. He spent his initial eight years as a chef at the Oberoi which gave a strong foundation to his career. Later he worked with Radisson, New Delhi, and then at the Taj, where he was able to build a strong culinary shop floor and further develop his kitchen management skills. He was also associated with the opening of the luxury resort Khyber at Gulmarg, before joining My Fortune Bengaluru. Chef Kapoor has a flair for innovation and creativity, but at the same time pays great attention to details while preparing the most mundane dish. HospitalityBiz tries to understand Chef Kapoor’s passion for cooking more>>

Agra: Expanding Business Horizons
City of the Taj, Agra is a sought-after leisure destination in India for its unparalleled heritage & monuments. A crucial component of India tourism’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Agra holds significance on the tourism map of India. However, the hospitality industry in the city has not been able to capitalize on the city’s fame due to issues related to infrastructure & connectivity. Hospitality Biz tries to understand the hotel industry scenario in the city more>>

Toshali Sands: Treading through whistling woods
It was a balmy morning of late January when winter was bidding adieu at the beaches of Odisha. I opened the window of my third floor room, and I got enthralled with the scenic beauty of the lush green, wet with the pearls of morning dew. I was in a modern village of Toshali Sands, the 30 year old ethnic beach resort at the Puri-Konark marine drive.
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This Week's Top Headlines
In a major decision, which is termed as “historic” by the travel and tourism industry, the India government today officially unveiled Visa on Arrival (VoA) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) for citizens of 43 countries. Travellers who intend to travel to India can now avail ETA through nine airports in the country by a simplified digitised procedure sitting in their homes. more>>
Harish Rawat, Chief Minister (CM), Uttarakhand has given the assurance that Luxury Tax (LT) for hotels in the state will be increased from the current Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500. With this, hotels charging less than Rs 2,500 as room rent will be exempt from paying Luxury more>>
Hotel & Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has identified seven key issues which adversely impact the growth and development of hotel and restaurant industry in the Western region, including Maharashtra to be taken up with the new government in more>>
Lemon Tree Hotel Company as part of strengthening the safety and security environment in their twin hotels in Aerocity Delhi – Lemon Tree Delhi Aerocity and Red Fox Delhi Aerocity Hotel – has incorporated high performance Face Recognition Solution (FRS) with the support of NEC India Pvt. Ltd. more>>
As massive culling operations of ducks has began in many places in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts of Kerala, two major tourism hubs of the state, the tourism industry fears repercussions on visitations in the season ahead. more>>
The quarterly report on hotel industry performance in India by STR Global has shown marginal improvement in RevPARs across India riding on the overall positive business and public sentiment since the change in government in the country. more>>
Accor Hotels’ upscale brand, Grand Mercure, made its entry into India with the opening of the first hotel property – Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort - in North Goa. Owned by Shrem Group, the 121-room resort hotel is located close to the Candolim Beach, but at the same time away from the hustle and bustle of the beach. more>>
Global online food delivery marketplaces, Foodpanda and Delivery Hero announced a series of separate acquisition deals in order to optimize their international growth strategies. While Foodpanda takes over TastyKhana in India, extending its leading more>>
The Royal Plaza Hotel New has opened a ‘Sky Lounge Bar & Grill’, on the roof top which is touted as the highest and the first such sky lounge bar in the capital city of Delhi. Called as ‘Sky’, the Lounge Bar and Grill spread in 18,000 sqft is the largest open bar in the city designed on the 19-floor hotel building on prime Ashoka Road in the heart of the capital city. more>>
The US-based globally leading fitness equipment brand, Precor, as part of enhancing their India market reach will appoint representatives in Mumbai and Bangalore by next year. Precor currently has a National Sales Manager based in Delhi. Informing this Jack more>>
Delta Faucet Company, leaders in innovative and premium bath equipments, has introduced contemporary collection of faucets, showers and accessories for the bath with its new ‘Ara’ product suite. Influenced by the angular silhouettes featured on modern residential architecture, the Ara collection boasts of a crisp rectangular shape with a slim profile. more>>
Barun Jolly has taken over as the General Manager of Radisson Blu New Delhi Paschim Vihar. Prior to this, he was the General Manager at the Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla which was unveiled and successfully operated for over 4 years under his able leadership. more>>
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