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 EDITORIAL
Sense of Belongingness!
It is quite encouraging for any industry and its stakeholders when political leadership of the day speaks in their language, and are quite abreast with the issues at the grassroots. It becomes music to their ears when it comes from people who really count in the highest level of decision-making. The recent statements by two key leaders of the present dispensation, one none other than the Prime Minister himself, and the second, the de facto number two in the cabinet, the Finance Minister, have really inspired the tourism industry to the hilt.
Prime Minister Modi in his maiden speech from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort made an eloquent appeal to make our cities and tourist destinations clean to create good impression and image for brand Incredible India. The appeal has touched every heart.
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 INTERVIEW
‘Like China, India has lots of schools but not enough talented faculty’ - Dr Fabien Fresnel, Dean, Education and Research, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne
Dr Fabien Fresnel, Dean, Education and Research, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, in a chat with Hospitality Biz, talks about the presence of Ecole Hotelier in India and how it makes a perfect fit for India where there are lots of schools, but not enough talented faculty
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 COVER STORY

Igniting the commercial kitchen: Gas-fired v/s Electric powered
The food service industry has been plagued by one of the major debates of the hospitality industry, over gas-fired versus electric powered in a commercial kitchen. While most will vouch for a traditional gas fired cooking range, the nouveau trend of electric kitchen equipment is soon catching steam in the Indian commercial kitchen. Hospitality Biz speaks to trade pundits to give a low-down on the best industry practices in a commercial kitchen
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has appealed to the Union Ministry of Finance to lower taxation on tourism products and related services, which will result in increasing footfall in the country, ...read more>>
 
After establishing its footprint in Middle East and China, Europe’s leading hospitality chain, Frankfurt headquartered Steigenberger Hotels, is keen to expand into Indian market as well. ...read more>>
 
In order to reduce the impact of the recent Excise Policy being announced by the Kerala Government on the Tourism sector, Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society has demanded dedicated licences to units which earn a threshold level of foreign revenues and ...read more>>
 
Lite Bite Foods, a F&B conglomerate is set to join hands with Puranmal Foods, makers of Indian sweets, in order to launch Signature Sweets, a Mithai operation focusing on New Delhi and ...read more>>
 
Seeking to boost tourist inflow and tourism revenue, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government is keen to promote Heritage Tourism across the state. This would entail converting historical forts, 'havelis' and ...read more>>
 
After a year of signing their first serviced residences in National Capital Region with Ireo City in Gurgaon, Ascott Ltd., world’s leading serviced residence operators, ...read more>>
 
Rotana, the leading hotel management company with a portfolio of properties across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, announces its focus on Jaipur- the capital city of Rajasthan, ...read more>>
 
Tim Hortons Inc. and Burger King Worldwide Inc. recently announced a definitive agreement under which the two companies will create a new global powerhouse in the quick service restaurant (QSR) sector stated a report in FnB News. ...read more>>
 
In a major reshuffle of departmental work at the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the post of director (enforcement) has been handed over to Sanjay Dave. ...read more>>
 
Heineken, an international premium beer brand announced the launch of the Star Can in India, coinciding with the global roll-outof the newmodern and progressive Star Can design which conveys sophisticated simplicity. ...read more>>
 
American Express along with Cellar Door Kitchen will be hosting a unique pop up event featuring the renowned Bangkok based Chef Gaggan Anand. The event is designed to delight food lovers with a dégustation of progressive Indian cuisines from Restaurant ...read more>>
 
SpiceJet announced that customers with pre-purchased meals will be served meals first on board, post which normal sales procedure will start in the flight.With the recent announcements, ...read more>>
 
The Kolkata-based Madhu Jayanti International Ltd, makers of Jay Tea (a green tea brand), launched recently, Te-A-Me, a range of tea bags comprising 17 variants encompassing five segments, stated a report in FnB News. ...read more>>
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