Tourism, Hospitality, Sport

Global sporting retailer, Decathlon, opens 1st store at Battaramulla

Purva Marwaha - 22-oct.-2018 10:49:46

Opening up a whole new world of sports innovation for Sri Lanka, Decathlon Sri Lanka has launched its first store at Battaramulla on 13 th October 2018, located at 260/1, Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla, prominently located beside the Buddhadasa ground. Demonstrating its passion for sports, Decathlon’s store offers a unique sport store concept that showcases 2500 products catering to 50 sports, coupled with a distinctive and personalised customer service. The store is spread across 1200 m 2  space dedicated for sports to allow shoppers and sports lovers to browse the store at leisure. The store caters to all levels of sports enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced. Decathlon not only provides quality sports gear, but also offers a 500 m2 free access playground for football & multisports; 4 indoor experience zones (for football, fitness, cycling and trekking); along with 50 sport practices under the same roof and 2500 products – a true paradise for sports lovers. The store will be open from 9 am to 9 pm and offers spacious parking for 100 cars. Expressing his delight at the launch of Decathlon’s first store, Etienne Mafart, Country Leader of Decathlon Sri Lanka said, “Decathlon is committed to converting people to adopt healthy lifestyles through fitness and sports. We are all delighted sportspeople who have turned our passion into our job, which is to make sport accessible for many. For four decades now, Decathlon’s teams have accompanied, facilitated – and even revolutionized – the practice of athletes around the world. At Decathlon, innovation holds a primordial place both in our stores and in our products. Behind each product, there is an idea, an expectation, an intuition…. emanating from an athlete, a sport user or a Decathlon teammate. We see a similar passion for sports amongst Sri Lankans and we hope Decathlon inspires them even more to pursue sports. We are thrilled to make Decathlon a part of the city’s sport ecosystem. We are proud to welcome Sri Lanka into Decathlon’s network of 45 countries and 1414 stores.” Decathlon already has a decade-long footprint in Sri Lanka, where it has based one of its main manufacturing facilities. After 10 years in Sri Lanka, Decathlon will be manufacturing 45 million products in 2018 with the involvement of its industrial partners. Its factory has 80 associates engaged in production compliance, quality and service. In Sri Lanka, 20 000 employees work for Decathlon, from 15 suppliers in 18 factories. The company has exported 2600 containers globally in 2018. Vatsal Pant, Store Leader, said, “The Decathlon store boasts a team of 40 passionate sports lovers engaged in a variety of sports who are truly dedicated to make sports accessible for all in Sri Lanka. Together we will inspire Sri Lankans to keep playing sport with a smile!”   Sensitive of giving back to society, Decathlon is associated with a host of sustainability initiatives globally. In Sri Lanka, the company is focusing on revealing the potential of young women in Sri Lanka. Commenting on Decathlon’s commitment, Suranjani Wickremeratne, Founder Member of Tarana Foundation added, “Tarana Foundaion is happy to collaborate with Decathlon Sri Lanka on their CSR Project to provide young girls in children’s homes an opportunity to harness and build their personality through an effective sports program. This will enable these young girls to raise the bar and will strongly support pursuing their life ambitions.” Decathlon was established in Englos, France, in 1976 and reported a turnover of 11 billion€ as at end 2017. It is the largest sporting goods retailer in the world.       Source: Lanka Business Online:


Purva Marwaha - 19-janv.-2017 10:05:04

  Louvre Hotels Group buys into Sarovar Hotels and becomes one of the largest hotel groups in India       Louvre Hotels Group, 2 nd largest hotel group in Europe, announces its acquisition of a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels, the largest independent Indian hotel chain in terms of hotels and presence. The European hotel group continues to rollout its international expansion plans with this, its first investment of size in the Indian subcontinent. India, with its fast-growing economy, its global tourism potential and a significant under- penetration of branded hotel rooms, represents a new opportunity and a strategic market of more than 1.2 billion inhabitants for the group.       After launching a far-reaching scheme to strengthen its positions in China and South-East Asia, Louvre Hotels Group   continues to boost its presence in South Asia, keeping up with the region’s constantly growing leisure and business tourism. The group has decided to become a majority stakeholder in Sarovar Hotels, an Indian company made up of 75 hotels on the premium, mid -range and budget sectors, through 3 leading brands:   Sarovar Premiere  Sarovar Portico  Hometel    In addition to the above three brands, the group also has two well established F&B brands, The Geoffrey’s Pub and the Oriental Blossom, and manages the lodging and catering facilities of various institutions in India. Furthermore, the group manages 10 hotels under the Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn brands.   Sarovar Hotels was founded in 1994 by Anil Madhok, a hotel industry expert on India, Singapore and Sri Lanka markets. It is also run by Ajay K. Bakaya and Mansoor Adil who have built it into a robust and effective hotel platform combining marketing, human resources, operations, management and technical services.   Leveraging its hotel expertise and seasoned management staff, Sarovar has developed significantly over the past 5 years, growing from 4500 to nearly 6000 rooms in over 50 cities. Sarovar has a secured pipeline of over 20 hotels, most of which are due to join the network shortly.   Over the last few years, Sarovar also started to develop its brands outside its boundaries, targeting Africa, and more significantly Eastern Africa, which de facto also strengthens Louvre Hotels Group positioning as the largest hotel group in this part of the world.     This strong and experienced team will continue to provide its expertise and manage the hotels under its brands. Both hotel groups share the desire to continue developing Sarovar Hotels brands. This powerful platform will also sustain the development of Louvre Hotels Group brand which has been present in the Indian sub-continent since 2007 and currently manages 22 hotels under its Golden Tulip Umbrella brand.     This reconciliation between Louvre Hotels Group and Sarovar Hotels offers unprecedented synergies between strong local brands and the world’s 5 th largest hotel group. Respective hotel owners for both groups will benefit immediately from such synergies including local and international management expertise, world-wide distribution, loyalty programs, sales and marketing initiatives, and procurement services.       This deal clearly demonstrates the ambition of Louvre Hotels Group; boosting its development through strategic deals on high potential markets.   “Number 2 in Europe, Number 1 in China, and now a leader in India, we really are a major global player, present in all major markets, and in all the hospitality segments. Sarovar is a fantastic platform, very promising for the future, mostly due to the professionalism and the local expertise of its smart team.” emphasises Pierre-Frédéric Roulot, CEO Louvre Hotels Group "Over the last two decades, Sarovar Hotels has grown to be one of the fastest growing hospitality chains in India. The association with Louvre Hotels Group will help us to spread our wings further and we will continue to develop our brands. With local and international capabilities, we aim to be the leading brand in the business and bring in major benefits to our guests”, comments Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels       Source:  

France, top choice for Indian Students

Julian HOARAU - 19-sept.-2016 08:45:08

France, which ranks third among the world’s most innovative countries, is also among the top three most popular destinations in the world among international students. Studying in France is a unique experience. France has centuries’ old universities that offer excellent education in art, innovation, science and technology, and more. France’s higher education and research institutions rank among the world’s best, such as the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS Paris) Ecole Polytechnique, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Universite Paris-Sorbonne, HEC, INSEAD and many others. This explains why France ranks as one of the world’s most preferred destinations for international students. In 2015, the QS team voted Paris the "best international student city" for the third year in a row. Students from India and the world over can study in these institutions either in English or French medium. Students opting for programmes taught in French at state universities in France get the benefit of tuition-fee waiver like any other French citizen. Last year, several thousand Indian students opted for higher education in France, a jump of 50% over the past five years, a number that is increasing every year. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France last April, both countries agreed on allowing Indian students to stay in France for two years, one for the period of studies and one after completion of their course for the purpose of acquiring professional experience, with a reciprocal arrangement for French students in India. Prime Minister Modi said on the occasion, "Indian youth, who come to France to study and want to continue here for some time after studies, can do that now." "This agreement will further bolster the Indo-French relationship in education", as urged by President Francois Hollande during his State visit to India in January 2016. This year, the Embassy has offered nearly 400 scholarships under its flagship "Charpak" programme for students pursuing Master’s degrees, exchange semesters and research internships. French companies, such as MBDA, also offer scholarships to Indian students, including tuition fee waivers and a monthly stipend. This has also resulted in measures to facilitate the issuance of visas for Indian students and Indian alumni, as well as an increased number of scholarships offered by the Embassy of France and its corporate partners. In a major development in May 2012, French authorities decided to ease considerably the conditions for obtaining a work visa after studies completed in France. This allowed a large number of students graduating from French business and engineering schools to extend their stay and acquire work experience in France. Furthermore, the Embassy of France in India decided to facilitate travel to France for all Indian citizens who have studied in France. Since July 2013, all Indian citizens that have graduated from a French higher education institution and are subsequently applying for a tourist or business visa for a trip to France, are being granted a visa with a long validity period - up to five years if the studies in France were at the Master’s level or higher. In parallel, the Embassy of France in India has simplified visa procedures for Indian students wishing to study in France. Special attention is given to students living far from any French Consulate or "Campus France" office (governmental agency promoting French higher education) to simplify and expedite the visa procedure. Also, visa applications by Indian faculties and officials are now being processed as a matter of priority. Campus France will establish partnerships with various Indian higher education institutions in order to accelerate exchanges with French institutions and for their alumni. We recommend this Video for you INTANGO LTD   Recommended By Colombia Through its France Alumni events and services, the Embassy ensures that the partnership between India and France continues. For this purpose, it organizes an Enterprises-Alumni job fair, which provides alumni who have studied or worked in France the opportunity to meet potential employers looking for skilled employees for their company. The last such fair was organized in the capital on February 19, 2016, where many companies participated and around 200 jobs were showcased. More than one thousand India-based French companies, such as Cap Gemini, Safran, Saint-Gobain, Renault, Orange, etc., are success stories illustrating this partnership between France and India France Alumni was created at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development by Campus France to be an efficient digital multilingual platform to unite, inform and guide foreign students who have studied in French higher education institutes. Every year, 100,000 foreign students graduate from the French education system. France Alumni informs those who have completed their higher education of job opportunities and allows them to stay networked, adding value to their stay in France with a professional context. In order to offer the right information at the right time, resources related to education courses in France, sections dedicated to major French companies, job offers and themed newsletters are updated on a regular basis. The website also informs them about French business, economic and cultural life in its magazine section, as well as the most interesting events for alumni.   France Alumni is a dedicated platform for former foreign students who wish to enhance their experience by registering in a wide French network. Campus France is the governmental agency promoting French higher education, functioning under the aegis of the Embassy of France in India. It currently has offices in ten Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.   Any Indian student can schedule a meeting with a Campus France counsellor, who provides all documentation and advice on studies in France. The Campus France counsellor also contacts the French institutions the student is interested in, to offer their application, unless the student is already in contact with them. Campus France organizes direct meetings between French academies and Indian students in various Indian cities on a biannual basis.

“Goût de France / Good France” 2016 - 2nd annual edition of worldwide celebration of French cuisine

Thomas ILHE - 09-mars-2016 08:13:05

  “ Goût de France / Good France ” 2016   2 nd annual edition of worldwide celebration of French cuisine   The gastronomic event “Goût de France / Good France” is back in India (and the whole world) on Monday, 21 st March 2016.  Food lovers can now save the date and choose their restaurant to seize this unique chance to savour and share, over the space of a dinner, the taste of France in India! On Monday, 21 st March 2016, we will be celebrating the second annual edition of the great global event, “Goût de France / Good France” . Similar to last year, the idea remains simple: 1,500 chefs across 5 continents will dish up, at the same time, a menu featuring gourmet French cuisine (aperitif and canapés, entrée, main course(s), cheese platter, dessert, and French wines and champagnes) , making this a must-attend international culinary event.  This initiative – launched by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development under the aegis of celebrated three-star chef Alain Ducasse – aims, over the space of one-of-a-kind dinner, to salute the excellence of French cuisine , its openness to influences from all over the world (participating chefs are encouraged to blend their own culinary culture with that of France), and the values that it conveys: bringing people together over a shared meal, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature. This second edition will also help recall why the “Gastronomic Meal of the French” was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List, and contribute to promoting French cuisine throughout the world. Once again this year, the event will be celebrated with particular relish in India, where more than 50 restaurants have been selected across the country by the committee of international chefs headed by Chef Alain Ducasse , placing India among the top participating countries! Diners can pick their preferred ambience as they will be spoiled for choice : bistro, coffee bar, contemporary or haute cuisine restaurants. The complete list of participating restaurants in India offering a special “Goût de France/ Good France” dinner on 21 st March is enclosed . This list is also available on the official Good France website , along with greater details on each eatery, their contact details, and more importantly, the chefs and the French menu they are offering for this grand soirée. What’s more, on the occasion of this event, Atout France, the French tourism development agency, is specially organizing a contest with the grand prize of a trip for two in France . Contest details are available on the Atout France website . The ingredients for a repeat of the event’s resounding success are all there this year again: the importance India attaches to gastronomy as well as the strong participation of Indian restaurants and their talented chefs. Good France is above all an event celebrating the shared enjoyment of good food and culinary discovery. This is the reason why we ask people to spread the word among their friends and family, with the hope to see large numbers of patrons dining at these restaurants on 21 st March to savour, over the space of a dinner, the delectable taste of France in India!  Bon appétit! « Goût de France / Good France » Team Embassy of France in India PS: follow this event on social media (#GoodFrance) – Facebook: Good France & French Embassy in India ; Twitter: @good_france & @FranceinIndia ; Instagram: @good_france – and on the official websites – Good France & France in India .        

Goût de/Good France 2016 – Time to register!

Thomas ILHE - 08-déc.-2015 12:12:51

Calling all restaurateurs for the second annual Goût de/Good France event! Participating restaurants across India are required to register before the deadline of Thursday, 17 December 2015. Goût de France / Good France event on 21 March 2016 - A unique opportunity to enjoy and share the taste of France! “ Talking about cuisine, French cuisine, is also talking about joie de vivre, delicacy, optimism, and pleasure. Ideas that are all crucial to the image of France.” — Celebrated Chef Alain Ducasse Following the accolades garnered worldwide, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development decided to make “Goût de France/Good France” an annual event to be held on the spring equinox. Thus, the second edition will be celebrated on Monday 21st March 2016. It may be recalled, the event received great success in spring 2015, with more than 1,000 restaurants participating across the world. India, ranked among the top five participating countries thanks to the involvement of dozens of restaurants countrywide, contributed to the success of the initiative, which was marked by strong participation and talented chefs. The idea – simplicity itself – remains the same: similar to last year, over 1,000 chefs across 5 continents – selected by a committee of international chefs – are expected to join the event in which they will dish up, at the same time, a menu featuring gourmet French cuisine, making it a must-attend international culinary event . This initiative was launched by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, H.E. Mr Laurent Fabius, under the aegis of Chef Alain Ducasse. It aims, over the space of a one-of-a-kind dinner, to salute the excellence of French cuisine, its innovative skills, its openness to influences from all over the world, and the values that it conveys: bringing people together over a shared meal, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature . In 1912, Auguste Escoffier started Les Dîners d’Épicure (Epicurean Diners): the idea was that for one day, one menu would be served in cities around the world, to as many guests as possible. In 2015, the first edition of Goût de / Good France took the idea further, inviting many different types of restaurants to participate in the global event: bistro, coffee bar, contemporary or haute cuisine restaurants… Spoiled for choice, gourmet diners were able to pick their preferred ambience. The second edition of this international event will once again demonstrate why French cuisine was recently listed in the UNESCO “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” category. Traditional French cuisine is incorporated into the 21st century culinary scene, so that participating chefs are encouraged to blend rather than efface their own culinary culture with that of France . Participating restaurants across India are required to register before the deadline of Thursday, 17 December 2015 on the website. All details on this event are available in the enclosed document and on the website. We will be delighted to have you amongst us again for this event celebrating the excellence of French gastronomy. During the Goût de/Good France event, an international communication plan will be made available to participating chefs to promote their dishes and their savoir-faire all over the world, with active support from French Embassies, Atout France and media partners France Media Monde and TV5 Monde .

Indian Buyers at French Pavilion from 28th – 30 September 2015 at Hotel Show Dubai

Purva Marwaha - 06-oct.-2015 07:19:07

The French Trade Commission- Business France in India organized B2B meetings between the Indian buyers and the French exhibitors at Hotel Show Dubai. The following French hotel suppliers showcased their products and know-how at the French Pavilion organized by Business France: ART MELY - – Indoor/Outdoor furniture ARTASA - – Exclusive artwork for hotels ART ESPRESSO - – Expresso coffee machines ATOLL ENERGY - – Cooling, power & heating solutions (CCHP) for hotels BALSANI - – Roll carpets & carpet tiles CRISTAL DE PARIS - – Table & decoration crystal ware D’UN JARDIN A L’AUTRE - – Outdoor showers DESHOULIERES - – Fine dining tableware LE JACQUARD FRANCAIS - – High-end table linen LE LABO DESIGN - – Metal chainmail curtains, lighting & tableware RICHARDSON FILLES - – High-end linen SENEF -  - – Software for hotel staff management TRADITION PIERRE - – Handcrafted volvic stone products For further information about the French companies please write at:    

French hospitality school Vatel forays into India

Thomas ILHE - 08-avr.-2015 12:03:57

France based international school of hospitality and hotel management, Vatel has joined hands with Ansal University, Gurgaon to offer a bachelors degree programme in hospitality management.  Vatel schools are located over 31 locations across the globe, and follow the European management methodology for hospitality training.  "Vatels strong academic network and diversity will offer Indian students at the Ansal University campus an international exposure, be it faculty expertise, applied industry-oriented curriculum, contemporary teaching pedagogy, student exchange and internship program with its campuses spread across five continents," said Laurent Guichoux, Academic Director of Vatel India while launching the programme. The university plans to take in about 100 students for the first batch and the programme is offered at a fee of Rs. 1.4 lakh each year. The students will also  undergo a student exchange programme during the course for an international experience.  Apart from the student exchange the course will also conduct research and faculty exchange programmes.    Source: The Hindu Business Line, 2015, April 7th  

  Lifestyle, Consumer Goods and Healthcare The Consumer Goods and Healthcare Department assistsFrench companies in their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and India. In order to maximize commercial opportunities between French and Indian companies, the Department organises French Pavilions at a number of key exhibitions in India, as well as offering other B2B networking events and individual partnering services. The Department provides expertise in : • Fashion and Accessories • Home Furnishing and Interior Design • Cosmetics, OTC and Natural products • Healthcare Equipment and Biotechnology Head of Department  : Ms. Brinder RAULT


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