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Giving back to community

We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilisational heritage – APJ Abdul Kalam

The decision to take our renowned Great Indian Culinary Challenge (GICC) to the Tier 2 and 3 cities of India perhaps echoes these very sentiments of our former president. We want to give back and grow the community, search out unexplored hidden talent and preserve our culinary traditions.

That is the vision behind the GICC Live Series so that it reaches even the remotest corners of India to search out talent in the chef community in these regions and nurture it. The first of the series was rolled out successfully in Dehradun and it was gratifying to see chefs coming in even from Rishikesh and Mussoorie to show their culinary skills especially in the regional cuisine category. The Live Series will next roll out in Pune followed by more cities known for being food hubs of the country.

With the growth of the global travel ecosystem and traveller demand for unique stay experiences showing no signs of slowing, increased collaboration between digital travel platforms and properties is key, says Ritu Mehrotra, country manager, India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives at Booking.com. Something which Oyo needs to seriously consider – reexamine the relationship with its partners and work on its business model so that it is for mutual growth even as it faces huge pressure from investors, mostly SoftBank to achieve profitability.
Meanwhile, realty developer Prestige Group has entered into an agreement with Marriott International, Inc to open six new hotels under the W, JW Marriott, Tribute Portfolio and Moxy brands across south India with nearly 1,000 rooms across the four brands.

Further proof that India’s rising affluent class and their increasing disposable incomes have continued to fuel the demand for quality branded hotel rooms, not just in metro cities but in the emerging Tier 2 and 3 cities where the opportunities for hotels to expand footprint are immense.

Steena Joy
Editor
Express Food & Hospitality
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