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NEWS | Hilton launches youth work experience scheme

Hilton Worldwide has announced the creation of up to 300 work placement opportunities a year at its hotels across the UK. Over one to two weeks, school pupils aged 14 to 18 years old will get a realistic view of work at Hilton's hotels and the routes into the industry through structured work experience activities.

NEWS | The Leela Palace New Delhi appoints Christophe Gillino as Executive Chef


The Leela Palace New Delhi has appointed Christophe Gillino as the Executive Chef. In this role, Chef Christophe will oversee and drive the kitchen operations and initiatives. Chef has an experience of over 20 years and his last assignment was with the Four Seasons, Marrakech. Tamir Kobrin, General Manager, The Leela Palace New Delhi, said, “Chef Gillino is veteran in the world of international cuisine and we are delighted to welcome him on board.

NEWS | Himachal gets its first-ever revolving restaurant


The Chalets Naldehra, a boutique mountain resort located 22kms from Shimla has announced the opening of 360 - Top of the world, Himachal’s first ever revolving restaurant. This octagonal shaped revolving restaurant, located at the resort, can accommodates 24 people. The restaurant offers views of the Naldehra valley and the thick deodar forest. A complete circle of 360° is completed in approximately fifteen minutes. Amish Sud, Director of The Chalets, Naldehra while announcing the opening said, “It gives us immense pleasure to announce the opening Himachal's first revolving restaurant.

NEWS | Adding artificial colors to draw immediate penalty from FDA under FSSAI

Recently, a Byculla eatery in Mumbai had to pay a penalty of Rs.50,000 to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for using color in its chicken lollypop. According to the FDA officials, this is the first time an eatery in the city had to pay such a big amount under the new Food Safety and Standards Authority Act of India (FSSAI) for using color additives to food items.

NEWS | Foodpanda ties up with Pizza Hut's franchise in India

Foodpanda, which is in ten cities in India, has partnered with Pizza Hut's franchise in India, Devyani International, to take online orders for Pizza Hut delivery stores managed by Devyani. Customers can choose from foodpanda‘s large variety of cuisines, including Pizza Hut’s meals easily via foodpanda’s online platform or its mobile app. The cooperation starts in Delhi and neighbouring areas; Bengaluru will follow soon. Amit Kohli, MD foodpanda India said,

NEWS | Report Shows Vacationitis Affects 650,000 Workers In Manchester

Manchester's workforce is suffering from Vacationitis - a condition affecting stressed workers who are not taking enough breaks from work - as workers enjoy just seven out of the average 24 days annual leave a year. 650,000 Manchester workers confess to feeling unproductive at work, despite more than three quarters believing that small breaks from work can help to increase productivity.

NEWS | Sven Wiedenhaupt has been appointed General Manager-Four Seasons Resort


A tri-lingual hospitality professional and graduate of the famed Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, Wiedenhaupt brings more than 23 years of luxury hotel management experience in resorts and hotels around the world. The tranquil destination of Nevis is a far cry from Wiedenhaupt’s recent assignments. The world traveller has spent the last decade working in the hustle and bustle of international cities including Four Seasons hotels in Damascus,

NEWS | Fred Sawyers has been named General Manager-Dolphin Resort

Sawyers brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to the position, working with multiple properties across the country. He began his work with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 1985 at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, Calif. He then went on to hold various leadership roles with Nikko Hotels and two independent hotel companies in Sacramento, Calif. After moving to Hilton Hotels, Sawyers was named general manager of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in 2005.

NEWS | Bill Farrell has been appointed General Manager- Hyatt Place

White Lodging Services has named Bill Farrell as Hyatt Place Nashville/Downtown's general manager, according to a news release. Farrell was previously the general manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown/Old Market in Omaha, Neb., and has served in six general manager positions with White Lodging after joining the company in 2001 as a front desk manager.

NEWS | Vijay Sethi has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Berggruen Hotels in Mumbai

Berggruen Hotels, the parent company of Keys Hotels, has appointed Vijay Sethi as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer. In a career spanning 28 years, Sethi has worked in all four verticals of hospitality — hotels, airlines, travel and tourism and healthcare. Before joining Berggruen Hotels, he was associated with Thomas Cook India as Senior Vice-President and Head - Tour Management and Customer Service. He has also been associated with The Intercontinental Hotel, The Leela Kempinski Hotel, Jet Airways and the Asian Heart Institute in various capacities.

NEWS | Janine Davis has been appointed Business Development Manager

Janine Davis has been appointed to the position of Business Development Manager based at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. Janine holds a First Class Honours Degree in International Hospitality Management from the University of Brighton (UK).

NEWS | JW Marriott Essex House Celebrates Opening with Night of Iconic Luxury

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts officially celebrates its newly acquired landmark luxury hotel today in Manhattan – the JW Marriott Essex House New York. The evening will bring together an array of Marriott VIPs, including Marriott International's President & CEO Arne Sorenson, and showcase a variety of activations from brand partners including Christie's, Jane Packer, and Aromatherapy Associates. With 60 properties in 24 countries and an additional 20 expected to open by 2015, the JW Marriott luxury brand is growing rapidly, bringing a fresh perspective to the luxury travel industry worldwide.

NEWS | Marriott Hotels Expands Global Portfolio with Flagship Brand’s First Property in Novosibirsk, Russia

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) has signed a management agreement with CJSC Globus to open its first property in Novosibirsk, Russia, the 175-room Marriott Novosibirsk Hotel. The Marriott Novosibirsk will be a new addition to the Marriott Hotels & Resorts flagship brand and is expected to open in 2014. Joining Marriott executives and VIPs for the official signing ceremony was the Mayor of Novosibirsk, Mr. Vladimir Gorodetsky.

JOBS | Assistant Steward


Job Description 
Prime Function:
Ensure to provide proficient and professional Food & Beverage service to the guests by meeting and also exceeding their expectations. 
Welcome the guests by greeting them as per the standards. 
Any matter which may effect the interests of The Orchid should be brought to the attention of the Management Facilitates the functioning of and / or oversees the functioning of Front Office Department or any other Department in the Hotel when necessitated by circumstances and as mandated by the General Manager. 
This would be over and above regular stipulated responsibilities and duties  
Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter 
Functional Area: Hotels, Restaurants 
Role Category: Food & Beverage 
Role: Steward 

JOBS | Housekeeping Supervisor


Job Description 
 * Inspect the rooms assigned and take responsibility to ensure the rooms are maintained up to the standards. 
* Ensure guest rooms assigned are maintained as per the standards. 
* To ensure that all rooms in the specified floor are serviced and cleaned daily. 
* Establish and maintain seamless co-ordination & co-operation with all departments to ensure maximum cooperation, productivity, morale and guest service. 
* Interact with guests of the hotel in an efficient and friendly manner. 
* Ensure that the team has been trained for all safety provisions. 
* Inform the Assistant HK Manager and Executive Housekeeper about any damage or theft. 
* Supervise and coordinate pest control, schedules in rooms. 
* Prepare requisitions for all stocks required for the floor i.e. amenities, linen, cleaning supplies and material. 
* Supervise daily super cleaning and periodical cleaning of rooms. Conduct briefing for Housekeeping attendants. 

JOBS | Restaurant Manager


Job Description 
Strong focus on operations, guest service and food and beverage quality. 
Well-versed with budgets and financials, as well as excellent operational knowledge in the F and B and ensure compliance to procedures and standards. Strong ability in generating revenue, through promotions and sales and ensure daily budget and cost control are monitored. 
Define all the required Key Performance Indicators critical to the operation and ensure that a mechanism is established to track, monitor and review. Analyze budget for the outlet. Ensure all cashiering procedures are processed in compliance with accounting standards.

JOBS | Manager Accounts


Job Description 
Prepare cheque run for approval on a weekly basis and attach all supporting documentation to each cheque and present to Controller and General Manager for signature. 
Reconcile supplier statements with hotel records on a monthly basis, in conjunction with the month end cheque run. 
Follow up all discrepancies. Balance account payable to the General Ledger daily. 
Match invoices and delivery dockets with corresponding purchase order. 
Ensure that all invoices are authorised by Department Heads prior to being processed through the system. Ensure the correct General Ledger codes are used and recorded on the invoices. Reconcile invoices to suppliers statement. 

JOBS | Front Desk Agent 

Hotel or Entity 
Grand Mercure Jakarta Harmoni 
State: Java 
Country: Indonesia 
Grand Mercure Jakarta Harmoni a brand new image of Accor flagship in Jakarta with 483 Rooms, Executive lounge, Chinese restaurant, Main restaurant, Main Lounge, Lobby Bar, Fitness Center, Swimming pool and City Ballroom Discover the hotel 

JOBS | Room Service Order Taker

Job Description 
He / She will be responsible for Room Service outlet. Taking orders of guest rooms and delivering the same as per SOP laid. Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter 
Functional Area: Hotels, Restaurants 
Role Category: Food & Beverage 
Keyskills: Room service order taker

JOBS | Culinary Trainer

Job Description 
o Delivering a variety of professional, quality culinary training programs in accordance with the training materials and operational standards of the restaurant or company. 
o Partnering with F&B team to support the culinary operation, assessing individual culinary skills, supporting training and development and readiness for the culinary environment. 
o Fulfilling the duties of the Chef and Trainer position at any time when needed. 
o Managing training program activities and training schedules of BOH. 
o Certification and Training of BOH employees. 
o Conducting Induction Training program. 
o Creating Training Matrix and documentation of certifications. 
o Conducting 

ARTICLE | Grab a QUICK bite!!!


Let me start with a story, I just came across. A guy, walking down a busy street of Mumbai with a Vada Pav in hand, passed near a Mc Donald’s outlet. It struck him that the Vada Pav he was munching had lots similar to the glitzy burger sold at Mc D’s.