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Jangaria on course as GM in Bengaluru

Firoz Jangaria has been appointed general manager at Renaissance  Race Course Hotel. Jangaria brings over 15 years’ experience with expertise in hospitality operations and management.

Prior to this role, Jangaria was responsible for Accor Hotels openings in India. He has also worked overseas in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. He is an alumnus of IHMES, United Kingdom.


Elroy Tulkar takes over at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru

Elroy Tulkar has been appointed director of operations at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center. With over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, Elroy has worked in both the Indian and international markets.

Tulkar began his career with Taj Exotic, Goa. He has also been extensively associated with Hyatt Hotels India where he has worked with Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa and Grand Hyatt Dubai. Prior to joining Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention Center, he was cluster executive assistant manager – food & beverage and marketing at Jumeriah Hotels – Al Seef by Meraas Dubai.


Suhas Diwase is new MD for Maharashtra

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has appointed Suhas Diwase as its new managing director. Diwase is also working as the chairman and managing director of Maharashtra State Warehousing Corporation. He holds a Master’s degree in horticulture. He has also studied public administration from The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. Currently he is pursuing PhD in Disaster Management.


Marc Gussing is new GM for JW Marriott Maldives

Marc Gussing has been appointed as the general manager at JW Marriott Maldives. Gussing brings over 20 years of illustrious industry exposure in the luxury segment. He has been part of both city and hotel settings, corporate organisations and independent properties across the globe.

Prior to joining JW Marriott Maldives, Gussing was GM at Minor Hotels in the Maldives. Over the past decade he has worked as GM and hospitality consultant for Per AQUUM, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, ALiLA, Paresa, and Nira Hotels & Resorts. Gussing’s career has taken him across Europe, the Middle East, Indian Ocean and South East Asia.

A Swedish national with four languages, on completing his tertiary schooling in hotel management in Switzerland, he spent his early years as a hotelier predominantly in the food and beverage division, working in a selection of hotels, bars and on cruise liners.


Suchitra Sirirak promoted to GM at U Chiang Mai

Absolute Hotel Services has announced the promotion of Suchitra Sirirak to general manager of U Chiang Mai. The group manages the Eastin Grand, U Hotels & Resorts, Travelodge and Vienna House hospitality brands across several destinations in Asia.

Sirirak joined Absolute Hotel Services in 2015 as the public relations manager at U Sathorn Bangkok, the group’s flagship 5-star hotel, and she has since shown strong professional skills in both communications and in hospitality management. In 2017 she was promoted to executive assistant manager of U Sathorn Bangkok.

Sirirak has extensive experience working in hotel management for organisations such as Centara Hotels & Resorts, The Peninsula Bangkok and The Siam Luxury Suites and Villas.


Apoorva Maheshwari to head up marketing at AccorHotels India

AccorHotels has appointed Apoorva Maheshwari as the director of marketing for AccorHotels India. In this role, Maheshwari will be responsible to lead the marketing activities for the growing portfolio of brands in the country.

Maheshwari holds close to a decade of diverse consumer and brand marketing experience across industries including FMCG and E-Commerce. She has managed brands and led marketing campaigns for multinational and Indian firms including P&G, Lodha Group and Zivame in varying capacities.

She holds a post-graduate diploma in communication management with a specialization in brand management from the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad. Her strengths are building effective teams, driving brand strategy and innovation and creating compelling marketing communication. Her knowledge around both conventional and unconventional ways of brand building has contributed to some of the most disruptive and fastest growing brands in the country.


Ho Mun Hoong directs events at Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore has appointed Ho Mun Hoong as the director of events, overseeing the management and operations of the hotel’s events team including event planning and execution.

Mun Hoong has more than 25 years of event experience in hospitality, most recently as the director of catering and conferences services at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. He brings extensive meetings, social events and operational knowledge to his new role at this iconic property which will introduce new event spaces for corporate events, weddings and social gatherings after undergoing a careful and sensitive restoration.


Ramzy Fenianos joins Radisson to drive development

Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Ramzy Fenianos as chief development officer, Asia Pacific. Fenianos will be based at the company’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore and will also be a member of the Asia Pacific executive committee. He will oversee all aspects of the group’s regional development activities, including leading the Asia Pacific development team in identifying new opportunities to drive growth and strategic expansion of the hotel portfolio.

With more than 15 years of experience in the real estate and hospitality sectors, Fenianos has held key positions with several major companies, including Dubai Holding Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Minor Hotel Group.

Fenianos is fluent in three languages, French, English and Arabic and holds a Masters in Real Estate Finance from Ecole Superieure des Professions Immobiliere (ESPI) and an Advanced Certificate in Real Estate & Hotel Investment from Cornell University. Most recently, he was vice-president development, EMEA, for Minor Hotels. Based in Dubai, he headed the company’s development office for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and successfully closed multiple hotel deals in the region.


Pranay Verdia steps up to lead three Courtyard by Marriott hotels

Marriott International has appointed Pranay Verdia as general manager for three Courtyard by Marriott properties: Bengaluru Outer Ring Road, Bengaluru Outer Ring Road and Bengaluru Rajajinagar. Verdia has more than 19 years of experience in hospitality and has been associated with various properties of Marriott International across India.

Prior to Marriott, he has worked at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai and Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa in different roles. He started his journey in hospitality at Hotel Sofitel Ummed, Ahmedabad in 1998.

Verdia joined the Marriott group in 2000 at Renaissance Mumbai Hotel & Convention Centre and Marriott Executive Apartments and opened the first Fairfield by Marriott in Asia Pacific – Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Rajajinagar in 2013. Verdia’s most recent assignment was at Goa Marriott Resort and Spa as general manager. He graduated from the Institute of Hotel Management Catering & Nutrition, Pusa, New Delhi.


Raymond Chan is new HKTB’s new regional director

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has appointed Raymond Chan as regional director, South-East Asia. Chan will lead the development and implementation of HKTB’s marketing strategies in the South-East Asian region. He will be based in Singapore. Prior to this appointment, Chan was the senior manager, trade development for the South-East Asia region for the HKTB. Chan joined HKTB in 2012 and has held various senior positions for marketing, public relations and trade development in Taiwan and the South-East Asia region.


Cyril Czerwonka heads up development at Best Western Hotels

Best Western Hotels and Resorts has appointed Cyril Czerwonka as its new regional director of development Asia. Czerwonka will be based in Best Western’s Asia head office in Bangkok, where he is entrusted with identifying new hotel development opportunities across the Asia-Pacific region.

Czerwonka started his career in the hospitality industry with AccorHotels, focusing on Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and the Maldives. His experience includes five years at The Ascott, as business development manager for Europe and North Africa. In 2013, Czerwonka joined Dusit International as assistant director of development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based in the UAE.


Saurabh Prakash is new VP for Radisson

Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Saurabh Prakash as its new vice-president, commercial Asia Pacific, who will be based at the company’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. Saurabh is a member of the Asia Pacific executive committee and will oversee all aspects of the region’s commercial activities including sales, revenue optimization, distribution, marketing and loyalty.

A highly-skilled hotelier and revenue management strategist with over 15-years experience, Saurabh has worked for industry-leading hotels across Asia Pacific. He spent a majority of his career with Marriott International, where he worked in India, Malaysia, China and Singapore.

A two-time recipient of the Revenue Leader of the Year Award, he has also won the Revenue Management Team of the Year and the prestigious Chairman Circle Awards in his career.

Saurabh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, in conjunction with IHM Aurangabad, India.