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MoT extends Visit India 2009 campaign till March 2010
  Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has extended its flagship Visit India 2009 campaign till March 2010 as the recent swine flu scare and global economic meltdown continue to affect foreign tourist more>>
State Level Monitoring Committees to be set up for tourism projects in East and North East States: Union Tourism Minister
  According to a PIB release, Kumari Selja, Union Tourism Minister has said that for the speedy implementation of tourism projects, State Level Monitoring Committee should be constituted by East and more>>
HP tourism department imparts training to registered house owners under ‘Home stay scheme’
  According to a PTI report, the Himachal Pradesh Tourism department is imparting training to registered house owners under ‘Home stay scheme’, keeping in view the rush of tourists in the hill more>>
Parliamentary Standing Committee recommends tax incentives for hotels in Jaipur
  In a bid to boost Jaipur for the Commonwealth Games, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on transport, tourism and culture, had recommended tax incentives for hotels in Jaipur like those more>>
Viceroy Hotels to raise Rs150 crore through private placement
  Hyderabad-based hospitality company, Viceroy Hotels, is planning to raise about Rs 150 crore through private placement to part finance its Rs 1,000 crore expansion. The company is currently more>>
KHIL makes inroads in Orissa to develop heritage hotels
  Kamat Hotels India Ltd (KHIL) which owns and operates hotels brands like The Orchid, VITS, Lotus Resorts and Gadh Hotels has signed a lease agreement of 60 years with Orissa Tourism more>>
IHCL sells Ginger hotel property in Durgapur, West Bengal
  Roots Corporation of India (RCL), an arm of Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), which owns the no-frills hotel chain ‘Ginger’ has sold out its property at Durgapur in West Bengal to Kolkata-based more>>
GIC hopes to settle hotels’ claims, damaged in the 26/11 terror attacks, by March 2010
  The insurance claims of the Mumbai hotels — Oberoi, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai and Trident — damaged in the 26/11 terror attacks, are expected to be settled from the terror more>>
IFCA’s Bengaluru chapter to host National Culinary Congress in 2011
  Indian Federation of Culinary Association (IFCA’s) Bengaluru Chapter will be hosting the fifth edition of National Culinary Congress in Bengaluru in 2011. IFCA’s organising committee members at the more>>
Mirah Group formulates new restaurant brands
  Mirah Group, the company operating restaurant brands like Rajdhani and Falafel is now in the process of expanding its restaurant brand portfolio. Currently, the company is in the process of more>>
Cornell School of Hotel Administration issues comprehensive food-cost training programme
  Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Centre for Hospitality Research (CHR) has released ‘The Eight-Step Approach to Controlling Food Costs,’ by J Bruce Tracey, Associate Professor more>>
Saffron Spice enters casual dining segment with Spice Rush
  Saffron Spice, the Indian fine dine restaurant chain has forayed into the casual dining segment with its latest venture Spice Rush, offering a fusion menu of Indian and continental cuisines. more>>
Aspri launches Lombard’s Brut and Brut Rosé wines in India
  Mumbai-based wine importer and distributor, Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd (ASPL), has expanded its French wine portfolio. The company has associated with Lombard & Cie House of Champagne to more>>
Heineken inks pact with United Breweries to increase growth prospects
  Heineken N V recently announced that it has signed a new shareholders’ agreement with Vijay Mallya and United Breweries Limited and agreed to the key terms for the brewing and distribution more>>
Eating out at hotels and restaurants to be more expensive
  According to a PTI report, eating out at restaurants and hotels could get costlier in the coming days as Association of Hotels and Restaurants (AHAR) has asked its members to raise prices following more>>

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