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HRANI demands various reforms from government
  Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) has stressed upon the need to rejuvenate the hospitality industry, already sandwiched between current economic meltdown and more>>
Tax holiday for five star hotels advocated
  Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has advocated a five year tax holiday for hotels, including five-star establishments in and around the capital, more>>
The Leela Palaces & Hotels & Resorts joins IH&RA
  At the Global Hotels Alliance board meeting at the Leela Bangalore, Dr Ghassan Aidi, President, International Hotels & Restaurants Association (IH&RA) announced that Indian luxury more>>
Maharashtra government to set up more wine institutes
  The Maharashtra government plans to set up a couple of wine institutes to create skilled manpower for the industry. One wine institute is already operational in the Sangli district, while a more>>
Food processing consultancy services launched in Pune
  National Agriculture and Food Analysis and Research Institute (NAFARI), an autonomous organisation floated by the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and more>>
KTDC properties less affected by the slow down: Cherian Philip
  Compared to Kerala’s private hotels, public sector Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) run hotels in the state are less affected by the impact of the global slowdown and more>>
IHF 2009 will take place between February 23-26, 2009
  The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will organise the International Hospitality Fair (IHF) 2009’s second edition in Bengaluru. The event will take place on February 23-26, 2009 at more>>
Financial aid for individual households to create guest accommodation in J&K
  According to Farooq Ahmed Shah, Director, J&K Tourism, the State government has initiated a plan of action to solve guest accommodation shortages in the state’s major more>>
Best Western delivers record-setting US$1.16 billion in reservations in 2008
  The Best Western brand delivered a record-setting US$1.16 billion in reservations revenue to its hotels in fiscal year 2008. During 2009, Best Western will focus on enhancing its more>>
Essar Group wins bid of Rs 500 crore for Nagpur airport project
  Essar Realty Holdings, the real estate arm of Essar Group, recently won a bid worth Rs 500 crore for building a five-star hotel, utility centre and a multiplex at the upcoming Multimodal more>> launches free services for the F&B industry has launched a range of free services for the F&B industry to attract more customers by using the Internet as a medium. A wide range of services like QuickServe more>>
Nando's to open 82 outlets by 2012 across India
  In a bid to have a pan India presence, Indage Restaurants and Leisure Ltd (Master Franchisee of Nando's International) is planning to open 82 outlets across India by 2012. With an array of more>>
IHG to introduce Hotel Indigo in Asia
  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) plans to open its first Hotel Indigo in Asia in time for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. IHG claims to have signed a management contract with Shanghai more>>
Fruit and vegetable processing cluster to boost Pune's food business
  After the approval of a mega food park in Pune, the city’s food processing industry got another boost with the launch of a pilot project to promote the fruit and vegetable processing cluster in more>>
Food processing consultancy services launched in Pune
  National Agriculture and Food Analysis and Research Institute (NAFARI), an autonomous organisation floated by the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture more>>

Combating the rise in HLP costs
An already distressed hotel trade, fighting market recession and an overall global slowdown, is perpetually affected by high energy costs. TravelBiz Monitor highlights some strategies devised to curb these mounting costs more>>
The major challenge in India is the Human Resources issue
As Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) marks its foray into the Indian hospitality segment, James Kaplan, Senior Vice President (Global Development) - Europe, Africa, Middle East and India, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International speaks with TravelBiz Monitor on the challenges and opportunities in India. more>>
The magic of Marination
K S Narayanan and Chef Sudhir Pai elaborate on the marination process and its versatility more>>
Coromandel Infotech to focus on overseas hospitality business
Coromandel Infotech Pvt Ltd, a software services firm that provides IT solutions for the hospitality industry, will primarily market its services in the overseas market. The company offers complete IT infrastructure through centralised technology management and hospitality business intelligence solutions for hospitality projects. more>>

Cheese round the world
In the second part of his column, Jehangir Lawyer, MD, Fortune Gourmet Specialities Pvt Ltd journeys around the world to discover various types of cheesel more>>

Rajasthan : Inbound
Rajasthan, is known to be a state that promotes its heritage, culture, safaris and wildlife offerings to domestic, as well as inbound tourists. Now it is all set to offer its visitors activity-based tourism. more>>
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