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 SPOTLIGHT

Goa Food & Hospitality Expo : concludes another impactful show
The second edition of Goa Food & Hospitality Expo organised by Media Promotions Pvt. Ltd., between August 22 and 24, at Bambolim, Goa, had increased participation from the trade industry. Besides the main trade exhibition, concurrent events like Wine Arena, and the Culinary Master Class, kept the visitors’ interest level high
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 INTERVIEW
‘Our intention is to make good wine accessible to consumers at an affordable price’ - Ajay Shetty, Promoter, Myra Vineyards
Bengaluru-based Myra Vineyards had recently made headlines by introducing first Indian single varietal wine brand - Two-Headed Bird - at entry level price of Rs 330. For young Ajay Shetty, an investment banker-turned-entrepreneur, the promoter of Myra Vineyards, the goal is to make uncomplicated but classy wines available to wine connoisseurs at an affordable price. Shetty shares his vision and mission for Myra with Hospitality Biz
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 INTERVIEW
‘Experimentation is the key to stay motivated in this profession’ - Sudhir Nair, Executive Chef, Avasa, Hyderabad
With continued expansion of the food services industry in India, opportunities for Chefs today are plentiful. A good Chef has to be a manager, a businessman and a great cook. To marry all three together is sometimes a difficult task. In an interaction with Hospitality Biz, Sudhir Nair, Executive Chef, Avasa, Hyderabad reveals more on chefs and the industry
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 CITY SCAPE

Kochi: More hype than action
Kochi has historically been the trade and financial hub for Kerala and has now become the gateway to some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations like Kumarakom, Thekkady, Munnar and more. The city’s hotel business, mainly dominated by domestic players is now slowly opening up to international hotel brands. Hospitality Biz takes a look at the hotel business in Kochi
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This Week's Top Headlines
 
Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has asked the union government to declare 2015 as Visit India Year. This demand was put forward by S M Shervani, President, FHRAI, at the inaugural ceremony of 49th annual convention of the ...read more>>
 
Government of Rajasthan as part of developing tourism infrastructure in the State is planning to convert old forts and palaces into heritage hotels. The government has identified about 35 such old forts to be leased out to private investors. ...read more>>
 
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) to India last month were recorded at 5.69 lakh, 16.9 per cent higher than previous year. FTAs during January-August this year were 46.84 lakh, a growth of 7.4 per cent from the same period last year, as per a release. ...read more>>
 
Marriott International is planning to expand its Fairfield brand in the country and is eyeing 13 hotels in about three years, a senior company executive said.
"We have one property in Bengaluru, which became operational last year. We have 12 more Fairfield hotels in the pipeline in India.
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Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) announced that it has pulled out from managing Taj Palace Marrakech in Morocco, without citing specific reasons, as per a statement released by the company....read more>>
 
While Samaikyandhra agitation last year led to fall in occupancy levels in city hotels to an all-time low, industry sources said the situation hasn't improved this year too. The hotel industry expected increase in occupancy levels post bifurcation hoping that corporate ...read more>>
 
The Supreme Court of India (SC), while hearing a petition of bar owners questioning the notice of the Kerala government asking them to close down bars, has asked the state not to proceed with the same till September 30, 2014. ...read more>>
 
Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Chief Minister of Rajasthan during her inaugural address at the 49th annual Convention of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) last evening in Jaipur said that creating right infrastructure and improving connectivity ...read more>>
 
The first phase of Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre (JECC), an ambitious real estate, commercial, convention and exhibition and entertainment destination, will be ready by October this year. Developed by a real estate consortium, Pink City Diligent Pvt. Ltd., in 42 ...read more>>
 
The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) annual Awards held during the 49th Annual Convention of the Federation in Jaipur earlier this month honoured young achievers from the industry in 16 different categories which included Young Hotel Entrepreneur of the Year; ...read more>>
 
Hilton Bangalore Embassy GolfLinks, developed by Kelachandra and Embassy Group, was launched by K Siddaramaiah, the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The trendy upscale, full-service hotel is strategically located within the Embassy GolfLinks Business Park, ...read more>>
 
To spread awareness and educate bartenders, about the classic Russian beverage – vodka, Aspri Spirits hosted Stoli Night at Lagerbay in Mumbai. Present at the cocktail night was Meagan Sacher, Global Brand Ambassador, Stolichnaya, ...read more>>
 
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has identified 50 tourist circuits for development, which include Cruise Tourism for Goa, Core Buddhist Circuit, and Pilgrimage Circuits. Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State with Independent Charge for ...read more>>
 
ibis - the international economy hotel brand of Accor has opened at Aerocity, the 43-acre hospitality and commercial precinct near Delhi International Airport. ibis Delhi Airport is the ninth ibis hotel in India with the largest inventory of 316 rooms. ...read more>>
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