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 CITY SCAPE

Chandigarh: Craving for Demand Drivers
The City Beautiful, Chandigarh, is one of the key tourism hubs of North India. A Union Territory (UT), Chandigarh is the shared capital of Haryana and Punjab. A planned and modern city, Chandigarh has seen major transformation in hospitality offerings over the last decade. However, in the absence of major demand drivers, the hotel industry in the city is facing a tough time. Hospitality Biz tracks the hospitality landscape of the city
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 SPOTLIGHT

Escape into the hills: Hillscape Khandala
Nestled in the lap of the Western Ghats’ popular hill-station Khandala, Hillscape Khandala is the perfect getaway resort for nature lovers and soul-seekers. Hospitality Biz shares her experiences at the boutique residency, a venture of KDJ Resorts Pvt Ltd, which she bills as an oasis of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of Khandala
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 DAY IN THE LIFE OF
Chef Davinder Kumar Vice President (F&B Production) & Executive Chef, Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi
A connoisseur in the art of cooking, a perfectionist to the core, a strict disciplinarian, and a true leader, Chef Davinder Kumar – Chef DK for close friends and associates - has played a key role in bringing the chef’s profession and the artists behind it recognition and rewards. A national tourism award winner himself, Chef DK was the master brain behind the most popular annual Chef Awards. Hospitality Biz tries to understand Chef DK and his credo
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 CHEF'S CORNER
Tanveer Kwatra, Executive Chef, Pullman Gurgaon Central Park
A28-year-old Chef Tanveer Kwatra has the distinction of being among the youngest Executive Chefs in the hospitality industry today.
Chef Tanveer’s exquisite use of textures and flavours has been a trend setter and earned him quite a fan-following in the fine dining space. Tanveer’s passion for excellence drives him constantly to introduce novel food concepts. He was recently crowned as ‘Chef Leader of the Year’ by Delhi Gourmet Club at their Top Chef Awards. Hospitality Biz tries to understand this young Chef closely
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Dr. Lalit K Panwar (IAS) has been appointed as the new Tourism Secretary by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). Canceling its last week’s order of shifting Arvind Mayaram, currently the Finance Secretary to the Tourism Department as Secretary, the ...read more>>
 
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is hopeful of rolling out the much-awaited electronic-Visa (e-Visa) regime by next week. According to a senior official from the Ministry, all the arrangements, including the software for e-Visa processing, have been ...read more>>
 
Taking the India travel experience for both domestic and inbound travellers a notch higher, Tripigator.com, a technology partner for the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India, has come up with a travel planning application (app) for smartphone users. ...read more>>
 
In order to make Andaman Islands more accessible to tourists from mainland and that too at affordable rates, Andaman & Nicobar Administration is planning to charter flight to operate between mainland and Port Blair. Talking to media at the Raj Bhavan, Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar, Lt. Gen. (Rtd) A K Singh said that the Administration is in “advanced level of talks” ...read more>>
 
Tejinder Singh Walia, Chairman, Hotel Walson, Kolkata, has been elected as President of the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) for 2014-15. The 58th Annual General Meeting (AGM)of FHRAI held at JW Marriott Hotel, New Delhi on October ...read more>>
 
The Centre will give special assistance to cyclone-hit states of Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Odisha for restoration of government tourist facilities. As a special case, Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture, Government of ...read more>>
 
Best Foods, one of the top three premium basmati rice brands in the country, has received the quality accreditation from Indian Culinary Forum (ICF), an association of professional chefs affiliated to Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA). ...read more>>
 
Vunique Hotels, a marketing and selling platform launched in July this year, to promote standalone, small and experiential hotels, has plans to bring on board unique experiential properties both in India and abroad. The Delhi NCR based company has been able to ...read more>>
 
Lords Inn Hotels & Developers which owns and manages 24 mid-market hotels across different categories ranging from 4-star to 2-star in India will add seven more hotels to their fold by the end of this financial year.The hotel group which recently added a resort ...read more>>
 
Clarks Inn Group of Hotels opened their second premium ‘Exotica’ branded hotel - Velvet Clarks Exotica - at Zirakpur in Chandigarh. The 88-key property with large meetings and banqueting facilities is strategically located in close proximity of the Tricity of Chandigarh, ...read more>>
 
V Resorts, a chain of boutique resorts in offbeat destinations of India, has raised close to USD 2 million (about Rs 12 crore) in pre-series A funding from Seedfund. Over the next 5-6 months, the company is slated to add 4 more properties to its robust portfolio of ...read more>>
 
Ananda Spa Institute has announced its new batches for eight week diploma in Ayurvedic Spa Therapies starting November 1, 2014 and sixteen week Spa Diploma starting November 1, 2014. Batches available monthly between November 2014 and February 2015. ...read more>>
 
Hospitality major Marriott International plans to further expand its footprint in the country with an additional 49 hotels, which will take the total operational properties to around 70 by 2018, a senior company executive said. "We are in India since last 15 years and currently ...read more>>
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