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Aimed to increase European Gastronomy Awareness through the Five Senses, a session of European Cuisine Masterclass was organized by European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain and the Spanish Food and Beverage Industry Federation (FIAB) on 7th February 2013 at Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology,

NEWS | Choice Hotels International Promotes John Bonds to Senior Vice

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) today announced that John Bonds has been promoted to senior vice president, strategy and services, reporting to Patrick Pacious, executive vice president, global strategy and operations. Bonds who previously served as vice president of corporate strategy and business transformation, will expand his responsibilities to include franchise services and the newly formed business planning team. In this role,

NEWS| Capt Nair steps down, son steps in as Chairman of The Leela

Captain C P Krishnan Nair, 91, has stepped down as the Chairman of Hotel Leela venture, the company he founded in 1981. He will be succeeded by his eldest son Vivek Nair, who has been elevated by the company's board to be the Chairman and Manging Director. Acknowledging the invaluable contribution of Capt Nair to the company, the board has honoured him by appointing him as the

NEWS | Marriott International lauches its first hotel in Bhopal

Courtyard by Marriott, a premium business hotel from Marriott International Inc, has forayed into Bhopal. This is the Group’s seventh property in India. The four star hotel offers its guests 101 spacious rooms with contemporary decor including 20 Twin Rooms, 75 King Rooms, 3 Studio Suites, 2 Courtyard Suites, 1 Specially-Abled Room all equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. In FnB, the hotel offers a range of fine dining options, from Asian, Western and Indian cuisines. The MoMo 2 You concept allows guests to dine in the comfort of their room;

NEWS | Troca Hotels forays into Goa

Troca Hotels, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boston East India Hotels LLC, has announced its first property in Goa - The Sofala 15°74. The property features 24 guest rooms, including six suites and one three-bedroom presidential villa with its own rooftop private pool. All Troca Hotels are identified by their geographic coordinates;

NEWS | Starbucks opens second property in Delhi

Seattle-based coffee chain, Starbucks has opened its flagship store in the center of New Delhi in Connaught Place. This is Starbucks’ second outlet in New Delhi after recently opening at the IGI airport. The chain opened its first outlet in South Mumbai in India and has seven more in the country excluding the one just opened. It is the first in New Delhi proper. Starbucks initially planned to open in India six years ago, but was delayed because of its own financial setbacks.

NEWS | Best Western Opens Resort Paradise in Malaysia

Best Western International – the World’s Largest Hotel Chain® - has continued its exciting start to 2013 with the launch of a stunning new resort in Malaysia. Located in the popular coastal town of Port Dickson, just 40 minutes’ drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and 90 minutes from KL, the BEST WESTERN Prima Inland Sea Resort offers an exciting new option for leisure travelers and corporate groups.

NEWS | Ovolo Continues Expansion with New Hong Kong Hotels Coming in 2013

Fresh off an award-winning 2012 campaign that saw the Group launch three new hotels; Ovolo goes into overdrive this year with HK's first NYC-style warehouse conversion and another signature hotel property opening on Hong Kong Island's Southside. 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road Mark your calendars now because Hong Kong's hottest new hotel opens Fall 2013,

NEWS | Starwood Capital Group Announces Launch Timeline for Two New Hotel Brands: Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Capital Group today announces the launch of two new hotel brands, the luxury brand Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, and the lifestyle eco-brand 1 Hotels & Resorts, with five hotel openings scheduled under the group's hotel brand management company, SH Group. The initial five hotel openings will occur over the next twenty-four months and include: Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York,

NEWS | The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Expands Its Portfolio in Thailand with the Debut of Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui. This newly built resort joins Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok and The Naka Island Resort & Spa in Phuket as The Luxury Collection brand's third hotel in Thailand. Growing its portfolio to 20 distinctive properties in Asia Pacific and over 85 properties worldwide, The Luxury Collection continues to lengthen its lead as a leader in luxury hospitality with plans to debut in exotic destinations around the world, including The Castle Hotel in Dalian, China; Palacio del Inka in Cusco, Peru; and the Ajman Palace in the United Arab Emirates.

NEWS | Hard Rock International Announces Hotel Development in Celebrity Getaway Destination, Palm Springs, Calif.

with hotel locations fromBali toCancun,San Diego toSingapore andChicago toMacau – announces plans to open Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs in Fall 2013, bringing the legendary Hard Rock vibe to one ofSouthern California's hottest vacation destinations. Hard Rock International, in collaboration with Kittridge Hotel Management, will transform the former Hotel Zoso into an enviable hotel destination, reflecting the famed Hard Rock brand in a city known for its year-round sunshine, clear skies and endless activities. "We're thrilled to bring the Hard Rock experience to this world-renowned city and are very pleased with our new relationship with Kittridge Hotels," saidNelson Parker,

NEWS | Courtyard Hotel To Open In Woodland Hills, California

Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its innovative lobby and room design in Woodland Hills, California. This is the first Courtyard in the area featuring the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space. Outfitted with semi-private media pods, a home theater and Wi-Fi in a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from impromptu meetings to social gatherings. Scheduled to open on Friday,

NEWS | HVS EMEA Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 8 February 2013

A Gathering Of Stars In France Groupe Du Louvre, an affiliate of Starwood Capital, has sold four iconic, luxury properties in France to Constellation Hotels Holdings Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Additionally, it has emerged that Hyatt Hotels Corporation has signed management agreements with affiliates of Constellation Hotels for the four hotels, more than doubling Hyatt’s portfolio in France.

NEWS | Security concerns threaten to delay aerocity hotels like Lemon Tree, Red Fox, JW Marriott and Ibis

Several hotels coming up on a road alongside the runway of Delhi airport, including some all set to welcome guests, face indefinite delay in opening because of some tough security suggestions raised by city cops that include chopping off a couple of floors and turning windows that face airport into concrete walls. Industry insiders say while the Delhi Police remain adamant on its demand, the civil aviation ministry has asked these hotels to seek clearance from Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS),

NEWS | Clearwater Capital made gains of two times in Sayaji Hotels

Private equity firm Clearwater Capital has made gains of two times by selling its entire 27.16% in Vadodara-based Sayaji HotelsBSE 1.87 % to promoters of the hotel chain for Rs 61.85 crore. Clearwater Capital has exited Sayaji Hotels at a price of Rs 130 per share versus initial investment of Rs 66 per share.

NEWS | Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts eyeing 10 properties in 5 years

Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts today said it is eyeing 10 properties in the next five years with a total inventory of about 300 rooms. The firm, a subsidiary of Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company Ltd ( ABCTCL) that operates Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) chains across the country, currently has three resorts and wants to add seven more. "At present, we have three resorts known as The Serai located at Chikmagalur, Kabini and Bandipur in Karnataka. We are developing properties in Mangalore which are expected to be operational in calender year 2014 and those in the Andamans to be operational in 2015. After this, we will be exploring other opportunities in Kerala, among others,"

NEWS | Oh! Calcutta, Mainland China's owner Anjan Chatterjee to open deli and bar chain

Anjan Chatterjee, one of India's biggest restaurateurs and owner of Speciality Restaurants that owns popular fine-dining chains Oh! Calcutta and Mainland China, is launching a chain of Italian and Mediterranean deli that will target 18-24 year olds who "drink more and eat less". Called Mezzuna, the first deli of the chain will open within 10 days in Pune where the company had a liquor licence.

NEWS | ICRA maintains negative outlook for the hotel sector; supply glut delays recovery

ICRABSE 0.34 % maintains a negative outlook for 2012-13 with limited prospects of an upwards breakout for Indian Hotel Industry, according to its latest study. Visibility on the immediate term growth remains clouded with an uncertain economy impacting demand even as lumpy supply additions occur. ICRA has revised downwards the revenue growth estimates to ~5-7% and operating margin estimates to ~15% (PY 19.4%),