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Education | IGNOU signs MoU with University of Gothenburg, Sweden

In a step forward in setting up culinary institute and research centre, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Gothenburg, Sweden in Delhi recently.

Awards | Radisson Hotel Delhi named Asia's Best Airport Hotel at World Travel Awards

Radisson Hotel Delhi has been named Asia's Best Airport Hotel at the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia, which was held recently in Delhi. According to a press release, the awards, universally regarded as the Oscars of the travel and tourism business, are determined by secret ballot in which travellers and industry professionals participate in over 160 countries.

Events | International Food & Drink Expo India 2010 to be held in New Delhi from December 2 to 4, 2010

The second edition of the International Food & Drink Expo India 2010 will be held at Pragati Maidan Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi from December 2 to 4, 2010. The annual trade exhibition will see participation from countries like Australia, Chile, India, France, Bangladesh, China, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Vietnam, the UK and the US.

New Hotels | The Retreat by Zuri, Baiguney, Sikkim opens

Zuri Group Global has opened its first property in Sikkim, under the management contract model. The Retreat by Zuri, Baiguney, Sikkim is Zuri's first adventure sports destination resort, which offers options like paragliding, river rafting, river camping, mountain camping, jungle hiking and village trekking.

Bukhara at ITC Maurya and DumPukht at ITC Maratha adjudged best restaurants in Asia by The Miele Guide

The Miele Guide, Asia's independent and authoritative restaurant guide, has rated Bukhara at ITC Maurya, New Delhi as the 14th and DumPukht at ITC Maratha, Mumbai as the 17th Best Restaurants in Asia. These are the only Indian restaurants to feature in the top 20.

Accor partners with Mandara Spa to set up spas for its upcoming Pullman and Novotel properties in India

Accor has entered into an agreement with spa operating company, Indonesia─based Mandara Spa. Mandara Spa, which runs over 80 spas in 22 countries, will introduce its spa brands, Mandara Spa and Chavana Spa at the upcoming Pullman and Novotel properties respectively across India.

IHM Bangalore with NCHMCT organises programme on Food & Beverage Management

Executive Development Centre at IHM Bangalore in collaboration with National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT), Noida under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, recently organised a residential Faculty Development Programme on Food & Beverage Management. The participants were faculty from various Institutes of Hotel Management across India.

The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts wins accolade

According to the company release, The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore has been awarded as India's Leading Conference Hotel and The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, Kerala has been recognised as Asia's Leading Resort Hotel at the recently held World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia in Delhi.

Second outlet of Café Oz & Bar opens in New Delhi

Australian themed café – Cafe Oz & Bar has launched their second outlet in New Delhi in Greater Kailash I. Inspired by the Cafe Culture in Australia, Café Oz & Bar has been launched in India by Newport Coffee Co India Pvt Ltd and offers Australian fusion─style food and beverages.

BAHA Career Investment Scholarships launched to recognise Hospitality Industry Young Potential and Achievement in Finance, Revenue Management and IT

Deadline for entries: 4 November 2010

The International Spa Association (ISPA) unveiles its board of directors for 2011

Deborah Waldvogel, director of spa development and operations for Sedona Resorts, is the new chair of the board, which also includes two other new officers.

L'Occitane to enter Indian spa market


French brand L'Occitane is to enter the Indian market in partnership with Devi Resorts with three spas in Rajasthan. 

VSS Enterprise completes first manned flight

Virgin Galactic's bid to become the first company to offer commercial space travel has moved forward after the VSS Enterprise completed its first manned free flight.

Extensive global development for Anantara

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas is to extend its portfolio of luxury resorts and spas across Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East to include 50 hotels within the next five years.

US$5bn Mina Zayed project on schedule

Further details have been revealed about the mixed-use Mina Zayed Waterfront Development in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Raffles to unveil three new properties



Fairmont Raffles' portfolio is to be further extended with two properties - Raffles Paris - Le Royal Monceau and Raffles Makkah Palace in Saudi Arabia - both of which are due to open before the end of 2010.

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