Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Hannes Bos as its vice-president commercial for Asia Pacific. An experienced hotel professional and revenue leader, Hannes was educated in the Netherlands and Sweden before embarking on his hospitality career with AMS Hotel Group in Amsterdam. Specialising in revenue management, he also held senior management positions with Concorde Hotels in Paris and Millennium & Copthorne in London and Singapore.
Hannes joined InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in 2008 and following spells with HotelBeds in Singapore and RateGain in India, Hannes joined Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in Dubai. Most recently, he worked for VinGroup, Vietnam’s leading tourism and hospitality conglomerate.
Hannes now brings 18 years of global hospitality experience to Radisson Hotel Group. Based at Radisson Hotel Group’s regional head office in Singapore, Hannes will sit on the group’s Asia Pacific executive committee.
Sandeep Sahdev has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield. Prior to joining Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield, Sahdev has worked with reputed brands like The Den Bengaluru, Duet India Hotels, Four Points by Sheraton Pune, Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa, The Oberoi Group and Carlson Hotels.
Fairmont Jaipur has announced the appointment of its new general manager, Rajiv Kapoor, who will helm the operations of the flagship property of Fairmont in the Pink City. Rajiv comes with a varied range of experience and an innate understanding of the hospitality and deluxe segment, nationally and in global markets.
Rajiv comes to this luxury property with 19 years of experience. He began his career as an operational trainee at Grand Hyatt and subsequently climbed the ladder with various renowned hospitality brands such as The Westin Sohna Gurgaon Resort and Spa, Le Meridien Mumbai and Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers, Indonesia. Prior to joining Fairmont Jaipur, he was the general manager of The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa and also Langkawi International Convention Center (LICC).
Hilton Bangalore Embassy Golf Links has appointed Rishi Tiwari as the new cluster director of human resource. Rishi will be responsible for providing consultation to management on strategic staffing plans, training and development, budget and labour relations for both Hilton Bangalore Embassy Golf Links and Double Tree Suites by Hilton Bangalore.
Prior to joining the Hilton Embassy GolfLinks, Rishi was working with Hyatt Regency Delhi as the Associate Director of Human Resources.
After pursuing his double post graduate with full time MBA in human resources and a Masters Degree in Labour Laws, Rishi started his career with The Lalit New Delhi and Best Western in different capacities in HR functions. He is a certified HR Auditor from XLRI Jamshedpur and holds a certificate in Advanced Human Resource Management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.
Israel Ministry of Tourism has appointed Sammy Yahia as the new director of tourism for India & Philippines markets. Yahia will be responsible the tourism board’s initiatives in India while overseeing the development of policies and strategies to strengthen Israel’s reputation as a tourism and travel destination. Prior to his appointment to India, Yahia was the director of marketing & communications for the Israel Ministry of Tourism. During his tenure there, he was awarded ‘Employee of the Year – Civil Service Commission’ and a certificate of appreciation from the Minister of Tourism and the Director General for his valuable contributions.
With an MBA in marketing and communication from the University of Derby, Yahia also completed his BA in Social Sciences, Sociology and Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prahlad Singh Patel has been named as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism. Patel is a Member of Parliament from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh. He holds BSc, LLB, MA (Philosophy) degrees. A four-time elected Member of Parliament, Patel was a member of several committees in the previous Narendra Modi government like the Committee on Public Undertakings, the Committee on Government Assurances Member, Standing Committee on Rural Development Member. He was also a member of the Executive Council of V V Giri National Labour Institute and a member of the Consultative Committee in the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Manish Garg has been appointed as the general manager of Hilton Bangalore Embassy Golf Links. Garg brings more than two decades of hospitality experience to his role.
Garg has worked in England, Australia and India. His journey with the Hilton group started in 2011 at the Hilton Chennai, as part of the core pre-opening team, before taking over as the general manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum and thereafter progressed to the Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon in 2015.
A graduate majoring in hospitality management from the Institute of Hotel Management in Chennai, Garg added to his knowledge with a bachelor’s degree in business from the Australian International Business School, Canberra.
Dusit International has appointed Snehal Koli as director of sales – GSO India. Snehal has excellent connections with the corporate sector as well as the travel trade fraternity as well as over a decade of experience working within the cruise and hospitality industries, having worked for companies such as Onyx Hospitality Group, AccorHotels, Carlson Rezidor, Sarovar Hotels and Costa Cruises. In her new role, She will be heading the global sales office for Dusit Hotels & Resorts and be responsible for providing sales and marketing services to the group for the entire Indian market. Based in Mumbai, she will represent all Dusit Hotels & Resorts while maintaining and developing business relationships with strategic partners.
Mohammad Shoeb has been appointed as the associate vice president of Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, New Delhi. A post graduate diploma holder in tourism & hotel management, Mohammed Shoeb brings with him over 30 years of hospitality experience, having held senior management positions in premium hotel brands across the country. He is a hotel opening specialist and has opened four hotels from 2005 till 2015 in the southern part of India. In the past, he has worked with Radisson Hotel, Accor Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group and ITC Welcome Group.
Subhabrata Roy has been appointed as the general manager of Double Tree Suites by Hilton Bangalore. A hospitality veteran with over 20 years of industry experience, this is his first stint with Hilton and in his new role he will spearhead business operations, overall implementation and business development of the hotel. Prior to joining the 172-key DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore, Roy served as the GM of Four Points by Sheraton Vashi in Mumbai. He has also been associated with the Keys Hotels, having worked with other hospitality brands like Accor and Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces in different capacities, he is highly knowledgeable in pre-opening and hotel operations.
Mahema Bhutia has been appointed director of marketing at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru. She is responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing team during the pre-opening phase. With over two decades of experience in the hospitality and travel industries, Bhutia has anchored five hotel pre-openings so far.
Bhutia has previously worked with The Leela Palaces Hotel and Resorts, ITC Hotels; Dusit Devarana New Delhi, Trail Blazer Tours Pvt Ltd, Thomas Cook France , Hyatt Regency Pune, Renaissance Hotel Mumbai and Oberoi Hotels and Resorts.
Having worked in Paris for close to a decade, Bhutia has a unique vantage point of gauging the international market while her experience with well-known brands gives her an understanding of the finer aspects of the luxury segment. Bhutia will have the onus of positioning the second and much awaited hotel of the luxe Four Seasons brand in India.
Sharad K. Upadhyay is the new general manager of Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport. He has more than 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of hospitality functions and holds specialization in hotel operations with interest in food and beverage as well as in sales and marketing.
Upadhyay brings with him an extensive array of operational knowledge in pre-opening and managing the financial sustainability of hotels. He was awarded with the Outstanding Leadership Award in 2017 and Leadership Recognition Award in 2018 by IHG Group.
Previously, Upadhyay was the general manager of Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini. He completed his general management studies at Cornell University Ithaca, New York. He began working with IHG Group in the year 2010 and has worked with leading hospitality brands in China, Nepal, India and Thailand.