Category Archives: F&B

Consul General of France in Mumbai, Yves Perrin and Madame Perrin host dinner for travel trade


An initiative of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in collaboration with French Embassies worldwide and Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency, the global culinary event Goût de France has gained momentum since its launch in 2015. This mega event that pays homage to France’s world renowned gastronomy – that finds place of pride on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List since 2010 – will amass a staggering 3,300 restaurants in 150 countries and five continents that will all serve French-styled menus to its patrons on March 21 this year. Each participating restaurant will donate five per cent of the proceeds of this evening towards a local NGO. As a prelude to the annual global Gout de/Good France mega culinary event that will take place on March 21, the Consul General of France in Mumbai, Yves Perrin and Madame Perrin invited travel agents to their residence for an informal networking dinner that took place on March 7. To create greater awareness about the event, the French Embassy in India in collaboration with Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency and in partnership with Air France, Rail Europe, Beaune Tourist Office and Dijon Tourist Office are organising a contest which will see a lucky winner win a holiday for two to Burgundy in France for four nights/five days in the cities of Beaune and Dijon. India has been an enthusiastic participant in this global event since its inception in 2015. This year, 63 restaurants across India will be celebrating the flavours of French cuisine on 21st March. A list of restaurants can be found online The event annually receives the formidable backing of the Embassy of France …

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Suresh Prabhu inaugurates Aahar 2018


Aahar, The International Food & Hospitality Fair, New Delhi, organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation, commenced today at Pragati Maidaan. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation of India, inaugurated the fair. He said,”Food is a very important part of Indian culture and has been a great attraction for the people who visit our country. Every state in our country has different cuisine. Over a period of time, we have started processing food and this is a great transition. India is the largest producer of milk and the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, all this food which is produced is creating a value chain, supply chain, thus adding to the real economic opportunities. This is just a beginning. I don’t think we have even touched the surface of the opportunities that lies in our country and therefore I am happy, that is exactly what has been showcased at Aahar.” Talking further about the development, he said,”Also, under the recent policy, it will be made sure that the farmers are not just circulating their products within the country but they are being exported as well. To do that, we already have tied up with few countries, and they are really interested and has shown us huge support. We are going to provide air support to this activity. I am very happy to say that we have decided that wherever there is a possibility of agricultural produce being exported will be provided with air lifting facility. Such potential spots will be identified and based on that civil aviation will provide aerial support so that our products can further be exported in a fast matter. Within …

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HPMF launches Middle East Chapter in Dubai


India’s leading Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF) marked its first ever global entry by launching the Middle East chapter today at Ibis One Central, Dubai. The entire delegation of over 55 hospitality professionals from across Middle East, along with dignitaries, gathered at the most modern Ibis One Central, Dubai. The event was presided over by Mohan Deshpande, Chairman HPMF. The guest of honour were Shaikh Ahmed Al Habbai – Chairman of Al Habbai International, Thomas Payne – Director US High bush Blueberry Council, Juan Esteban Sanchez – Director Procolombia and Dinesh Shinde – MD Anusaya Fresh Fruits and Veg LLC along with other dignitaries. Mohan Deshpande said, “Purchasing Managers are an integral part of the industry and they need to understand & showcase their own value”. Nitin Nagrale, Founder & General Secretary took the audience through the journey of HPMF. He made a presentation on HPMF and explained the objectives and vision of HPMF. Highlighting the importance of purchasing managers, who are more a background artist, Nagrale said, “Purchasing is an integral part of any organization and forming a forum like HPMF was more of need than desire. The Forum aims in bringing the world closer by networking and collaborating.” Adding to Nagrale, Mr Sanjay Goyal; Vice Chairman HPMF said, our “Network is our Networth and every Purchase Manager must consider that as the biggest tool for success.” The need for HPMF is in bringing together the purchase heads of hotels on one platform to network, explore new ways of working and knowledge sharing from technology and innovation standpoint. “We are excited to launch the HPMF Middle East Chapter in Dubai,” said Bhanu Pratap Singh; President of Middle East Chapter, …

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11th edition of FICCI Foodworld India 2018 concludes in Delhi


FICCI Foodworld India 2018 organised by FICCI in association with Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), Govt. of India & Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) was held at FICCI in New Delhi on Friday.Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu today announced that the government was working on an agriculture export strategy that would give primacy to value addition and job creation. He emphasised on the potential of marine products export, for which the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) had been given specific targets for value added exports. Inaugurating the 11th edition of ‘FICCI Foodworld India 2018’ on the theme ‘Capitalising Food Processing in the Digital Era’, Mr. Prabhu urged the food processing industry professionals to develop processed food items that appeal to the palates of the consumers in export markets. This segment needs to be exploited aggressively apart from exporting Indian food products for use by Indians overseas.

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Maharashtra Govt.’s notification allowing shops to remain open 24*7 to boost tourism: HRAWI

Mr. Dilip Datwani,President, Hotel & Restaurant Association of Western India

Lauding the Maharashtra Government’s notification allowing shops and establishments to remain open 24*7, Dilip Datwani, President, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), says, “This is a welcome move and a sign of progress. The biggest benefit of this decision will be employment and it holds the potential to increase employment opportunities by 25 per cent in the State. This is a definite boost to tourism and economy and will help the hospitality sector to emerge even stronger. Although, we would have wished for the act to be extended to bars too. HRAWI appeals to the Government to consider allowing bars operational at least up to 3am, if not 24*7.”

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Indian Accent opens in London

Indian Accent, London, Facade

After two successful outposts in New Delhi and New York, Indian Accent is now open in London. Restaurateur Rohit Khattar (Chairman, Old World Hospitality), “We are delighted to bring Indian Accent to London. After a successful run of our other restaurant, “Chor Bizarre” for 20 years at the same location, we hope London embraces Indian Accent with the same warmth.” Indian Accent offers an inventive approach to Indian cuisine. The New Delhi branch is the only restaurant from India on the World’s 50 Best list the past 3 years, and was also awarded the San Pellegrino Best Restaurant in India on Asia’s 50 Best List for each of those years. In 2017, Trip Advisor has rated Indian Accent No. 1 in India (an honour it has held for the past 4 years), No. 2 in Asia and No. 19 in the World. It’s New York location was ranked amongst the best new restaurants of 2016 by several publications, including Zagat, Eater, Time Out; and is currently among the top 5 restaurants in the city on TripAdvisor. Chef Manish Mehrotra reinterprets nostalgic Indian dishes with openness towards global techniques and influences. Dishes such as soy keema, quail egg and lime leaf butter pao; and kashmiri morels, walnut powder, parmesan papad, will excite the adventurous while satisfying traditional palates. Mehrotra highlights rarely seen Indian foods such as makhan malai, a medieval dish made of aerated milk infused with saffron; and playful presentations such as the ghee roast lamb with roomali roti pancakes, inspired by the format for Peking duck. The London location will also feature local produce and creative spins on British classics such as black pudding, stuffed here inside kulcha flatbreads. …

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Voronezh Marriott Hotel, Russia, opens with 221 rooms


Marriott Hotels has debuted in Voronezh with the opening of Voronezh Marriott Hotel. Situated in the south of Russia on the Voronezh River, the city is recognised as an important centre of culture, science and industry in the region. This latest opening strengthens Marriott’s portfolio across the country and promises to enhance Voronezh’s hospitality scene.“The opening of Voronezh Marriott Hotel highlights our commitment to developing our portfolio in Russia,” said John Licence, VP Premium & Select Brands Europe at Marriott International. “Marriott Hotels is committed to evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay and with this stunning new hotel we look forward to helping travellers explore this thriving destination.” Located in the centre of Voronezh just a short walk away from cultural attractions, Voronezh Marriott Hotel offers 221 stylish guestrooms characterised by warm hues and natural materials that create a modern and inviting environment for guests. For those staying in executive rooms and suites, the signature M Club Lounge is an exclusive space to enjoy complimentary breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day. The hotel features an extensive range of restaurant and bar options, including Grill & Grain, which serves the finest dry-aged beef and seafood, paired with an impressive selection of single malt whisky and wines. Olea is a casual all-day-dining Mediterranean restaurant serving local seasonal produce and pizza straight from the wood fired oven, while Avenue 38 offers coffee and pastries in the morning, transforming into the perfect space for a social gathering by night with spectacular views of downtown Voronezh. Situated on the eighth floor, overlooking the city skyline, the hotel’s conference and meeting facilities offer spaces suitable for a range of events. With a …

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Marriott to debut nearly 40 luxury hotels across eight brands in 2018


Marriott has announced the company is set to open nearly 40 luxury hotels in 2018 as the company continues to cater to a new affluent traveller, offering an unmatched variety of transformative travel experiences. Providing globetrotters with a truly global perspective and an unparalleled portfolio of eight distinct luxury brands, Marriott International Luxury Brands include world-renowned hospitality hallmarks The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, EDITION and JW Marriott. With an unrivaled network of landmark hotels and resorts in 60 countries today, Marriott International is set to expand its luxury footprint yet further with 200 hotels in the development pipeline, representing 25 new countries, from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba and the Philippines. “From former palaces in Venice and Vienna, to skyscrapers in Hong Kong and Dubai, to intimate, remote escapes in the Maldives and Mexico, the breadth of our portfolio is incomparable and allows us to surpass the expectations of our guests around the globe,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer, Marriott International. “We see luxury as a launch pad for self-actualization, with bucket lists evolving from where you want to go to who you can be. With data showing a global shift in perception around luxury, we are uniquely positioned to provide personalized and truly differentiated experiences that resonate with this next-generation jetsetter.” Personalized Fulfillment is the Future of Luxury A global luxury study conducted in partnership with Skift, the largest travel industry intelligence platform, revealed that the number one priority for luxury travelers is centered around transformative travel and authentic experiences that provide a new perspective on the world. Edmundson continued: “Today’s global luxurian defies traditional stereotypes, moving far beyond the antiquated notion …

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The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon, Myanmar, to open soon with 219 rooms


Currently in the final phase of restoration, The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon is scheduled to open its doors to guests in spring 2018. Located on The Strand, in the heritage district of Myanmar’s largest city and opposite the new riverside cruise terminal, this outstanding five-star deluxe hotel will define luxury in the city of Yangon. Built in 1927 as the New Law Courts, The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon was created by architect Thomas Oliphant Foster and built by Doorman Long UK, the builders of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as the first multi-level steel structure in the Far East. With its imposing columns standing three floors high, the Heritage hotel seems to stretch endlessly along the Strand. Over the last five years the building has been carefully restored from the inside out to preserve the spirit and grandeur of its past. This fine work has been done in partnership with the Yangon Heritage Trust, founded in 2012 by Dr. Thant Myint U, the eminent Burmese writer and historian. The building is the first property to receive Conservation Management Plan approval from the Yangon Heritage Trust focusing on local artistry and specialist skills by carefully undertaking the transformation into Myanmar’s finest luxury hotel. The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon will offer 219 spacious rooms and suites with crafted décor and high ceilings. The dining experience will be truly gastronomic: it will feature a modern Cantonese restaurant as well as the Brasserie serving breakfast, lunch and dinner under a skylight. As breakfasts at Kempinski hotels fully reflect the European heritage infused by local customs, guests may expect a sumptuous experience ranging from best bircher muesli, baked bread and pastries right from the oven, freshly …

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Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez to re-open as Hotel Martinez- The Unbound Collection by Hyatt


Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that Cannes’ historic Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is set to re-open in spring 2018 as Hotel Martinez and will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, a global collection of unique and independent stay experiences. Hotel Martinez will be the second hotel in Europe to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, which launched in 2016. It will join Hotel du Louvre in Paris, which opened in 2016 and four additional properties globally: The Confidante Miami Beach; The Driskill in Austin, TX; The Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ; and Carmelo Resort & Spa in Uruguay. Whether it is a captivating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design or an award-winning dining experience, each property in the collection maintains a distinct character and the freedom to be unique, while still providing guests with Hyatt’s World of Hyatt loyalty program, robust operational and marketing resources and trusted, quality brand. Rich in culture and historical relevance, the Hotel Martinez building has a colorful past. It previously served as a home to English aristocrats and, in 1929, luxury hotelier Emmanuel Martinez opened it as the largest hotel in the French Riviera. Hotel Martinez has become a landmark in the French Riviera and has hosted some of the world’s most distinguished guests, which deliver on the brand’s promise of creating story-worthy and shareable experiences for the modern traveler. “Hotel Martinez will be a great addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt due to its distinct characteristics and personality. The hotel is iconic and its history is truly incredible – all of which is an ideal brand fit,” said Alessandro Cresta, general manager, Hotel Martinez. “The renovation …

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