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Simeon Olle moves to Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Simeon Olle has been appointed as the general manager of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. Prior to joining Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Olle served as general manager of the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund from 2012 to 2016.

Olle has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality sector and is known for launching luxury hotels, including the opening of The Address Downtown Dubai, Park Hyatt Beijing and Park Hyatt Seoul.


Dumbell new GM of Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel

Nicholas Dumbell is now the general manager of Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel.

He joins Renaissance Mumbai from Bengaluru Whitefield Marriott where he served as general manager since 2014. During his previous stint, he was awarded the ‘General Manager of the year 2016’ title by Marriott International, Asia Pacific. Previously, he was closely involved in the conceptual development and design of the Renaissance Kiev Hotel and also led Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel and Country Club, a 13th century English country resort with two golf courses and a high level of leisure and group business.

A true multi-cultural global citizen born in Brunei to Mauritian and British parents, Nick grew-up as an expat in five different Asian countries, attended secondary school in the UK and completed his higher education with a bachelor degree at the Cornell Hotel School in the USA.


Keith Tan is new CEO of Singapore Tourism Board

Keith Tan Kean Loong has been appointed the chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, with effect from October 29.  Tan is currently the deputy secretary (policy) of the Ministry of Defence.

In his current role, Tan is in charge of defence policy, strategic communications, national education and total defence. Tan has played a major role in strengthening Singapore’s defence relations with key international partners, enhancing the Defence Ministry’s strategic communications capabilities and partnerships with the private sector. Tan has also helped to grow the ministry’s public and social media engagement efforts as well as overseeing application of data analytics in public communications and policy making.

Prior to his position in the Ministry of Defence, Tan held various senior leadership positions including senior director, PS21 Office at public service division, institute director, Institute of Governance & Policy at Civil Service College and director of the foreign economic policy division at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.


Sneha Jha is DoS at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu

JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu have appointed Sneha Jha as director of sales. Before joining the JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, Jha was at Holiday Inn Mumbai where she was responsible for exploring revenue, generating opportunities and securing successful positioning for the hospitality brand.

With an Executive MBA degree from Wellingkar Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, and a degree in hospitality management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Bengaluru, she ventured into the hospitality industry with  Oberoi Hotels, Mumbai in 2000. This exposure as a trainee gave her a foothold in the industry, following which she showcased excellence at The Leela Kempinski, Mumbai; Taj Rambagh Palace, Taj Lands End, Taj Mahal Palace and Towers and Intercontinental the Lalit, where Sneha forayed into the dynamic sector of marketing.


Neliswa Nkani heads Mumbai office of South Africa Tourism

South Africa Tourism (SAT) has announced the appointment of Neliswa Nkani as hub head for the Middle East, India and South East Asia to be based in Mumbai.

Hanneli Slabber, the erstwhile SAT head for the region, now takes charge as general manager Asia, Australasia and Middle East for South Africa Tourism. The event of Nkani’s appointment was attended by Sthembiso Dlamini, chief operating officer (COO), South African Tourism along with ML Ramokgopa, Consul General — South African Consulate, Mumbai.


Bikash Gautam wins new role at Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Road

Bikash Gautam has been appointed director of sales at Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Road.

Gautam began his career with ITC Fortune Hotels Pune as assistant sales manager. He has also been extensively associated with Marriott Hotels India Pvt Ltd. Prior to joining Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Road, he was director of sales and marketing at Novotel Guwahati GS Road.


Hema Hariramani is new hotel manager of Westin Mumbai Garden City

Hema Hariramani has been appointed hotel manager at The Westin Mumbai Garden City. Hariramani has 18 years experience in hospitality and in her new role, she is responsible for the operational management of the hotel.

Hariramani began her career with Marriott in 2000 as a sales manager at the Marriott Executive Apartments and then moved on to being a pre-opening member of the Renaissance Mumbai Hotel and Convention Center where she was instrumental in driving the medical segment to have Renaissance in their preferred list of hotels. From January 2011 until April 2014, Hariramani was the director of sales & marketing for the JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu.

Hema received the prestigious “Hotelier India Award” for the “Best Marketing & PR Person of the Year” during her stint at JW Marriott Mumbai.


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.