Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has appointed Vishal Sinha as Chief Executive Officer of CWT India. Sinha is based in CWT India’s head office in Gurgaon and will report to Kai Chan, CWT’s president for Asia Pacific. Sinha is a member of CWT’s Asia Pacific leadership team and succeeds Geeta Jain, who has moved as strategic program vice-president.
Sinha now leads CWT India’s team of over 1,200 personnel across nine offices and is also responsible for growing CWT’s business in India, particularly with local companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Sinha has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, including substantial international experience. Most recently, he was chief operating officer of TUI India.
Dhirendra Pratap Singh has been promoted to rooms division manager at Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai. With over 16 years of experience in revenue management and rooms division, Singh has worked with renowned brands across the country such as Oberoi-Trident, Intercontinental, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International. Singh has successfully completed his hotel management from IHM, Patna and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in business administration.
Grand Mercure Mysuru, an AccorHotels property, has appointed Tushar Garg as the new director of sales and marketing. In his role, Garg will be responsible for leading and further improving all aspects of the sales and marketing communications, promoting brand strategies and providing the best of Grand Mercure hospitality experience to the guests.
A seasoned hotelier, Garg has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Prior to joining AccorHotels, Garg was the associate director of sales at Hyatt Raipur. Garg started his career with Preferred Hotels & Resorts in the USA and then went on to hold various positions across leading hotel chains in India and abroad.
Dietmar Kielnhofer has been appointed general manager at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar. Prior to joining JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Kielnhofer served as the complex general manager at Starwood Hyderabad, India.
With over 30 years of industry exposure across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Kielnhofer possesses major strength in hotel operations, marketing, food and beverage, human resources and finance. His expertise includes delivering above average financial performance, market share growth, improving service standards as well as maintaining excellent relationships with stakeholders.
He was a board member of the Executive Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce Hyderabad and was also appointed as Vice President and Secretary of the Hyderabad Convention and Visitors Bureau (HCVB) in 2016. Under Dietmar’s leadership The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace was also voted as the Best Luxury Hotel 2016 by the Indian Hospitality Awards West and South.
Sneha Jha has been named director of sales and marketing, Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport. Sneha is responsible for maximizing revenues, promoting brand strategies, increasing business opportunities and providing the best hospitality experience to guests at the property. A seasoned hotelier, Sneha has been in the hospitality industry for over 14 years. An alumnus of Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Bangalore, Sneha started her career with The Oberoi Hotels, Mumbai. Prior to joining Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport, Sneha was the director of sales and marketing at Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport.
AccorHotels has appointed Shital Sethi as the new director of sales and marketing for Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach. In her role, Sethi will be responsible for leading sales and marketing communications, promoting brand strategies of Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach.
Prior to joining AccorHotels, Sethi was the director of sales and marketing at Hotel Holiday Inn, Mumbai. She has worked with some of the most renowned hotels including Radisson Hotels, Goa; The Orchid, Mumbai; Hotel Grand Sarovar Premiere, Mumbai and Rodas, an Ecotel Hotel, Mumbai.
Ayesha Bhalla has been appointed as market director of sales and marketing for JW Marriott Pune and all other properties in Pune under the Marriott portfolio. In her new role, she will lead strategic sales, marketing and business operations for the Pune cluster of Marriott properties while shouldering the responsibility of achieving revenue goals, guest and employee satisfaction and the financial performance of the department. Bhalla has over 19 years of experience in the field of hospitality. She began her career at the Holiday Inn Worldwide as a sales executive and moved on to at the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Mumbai. After that, she went on to work at The Imperial New Delhi and Oberoi Hotels and Resorts Bengaluru before joining the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar in 2014, from where her journey with Marriott began.
AccorHotels India has promoted Samit Kazi to area director of sales for West India. In his new role, Samit will lead Global Sales from West India and manage key accounts from Mumbai, Pune and Gujarat region for AccorHotels’ India-based and international properties.
A seasoned hotelier with over 14 years of industry experience, Kazi joined AccorHotels in 2011 as the associate director of regional rales for Andhra Pradesh Hotels. He then moved to Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre as the director of sales in 2013. Prior to joining AccorHotels, Kazi has worked with renowned hospitality brands such as Marriott, Leela & Starwood primarily in the sales function.
AccorHotels has announced the appointment of Pankaj Wadhwa as the new director of sales and marketing for Sofitel Mumbai BKC. In his role, Wadhwa will be responsible for leading and further improving all aspects of the sales and marketing communications and promoting brand strategies.
A seasoned hotelier, Wadhwa has been in the hospitality industry for over 18 years. An alumnus from IHM Ahmedabad, he started his career with Hotel Trident Udaipur and thereafter worked with Hyatt Regency Mumbai and Hyatt Regency Pune, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach, The Park Hotels, Intercontinental The Grand Mumbai and Grand Hyatt New Delhi.
The Hotel Palazzo Versace Dubai has appointed Russell Loughland as director of sales and marketing. He is directly responsible for overseeing the implementation of the sales and marketing strategy in line with driving growth regionally and internationally.
With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Loughland has held executive positions at a number of luxury brands including Shangri-La, Fairmont, Banyan Tree and Rosewood as well as leading independent properties including the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Regency Kuwait.
Prior to his current role in Palazzo Versace Dubai, Loughland held the position of director of sales and marketing at Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and executive assistant manager at Crowne Plaza Kuwait Al Thuraya City where he was responsible for the pre-opening project management of the five-star property.
AccorHotels has promoted Amisha Gutgutia as its director of communications and loyalty programme for the India region. In her new role, Gutgutia will spearhead the corporate communications function for AccorHotels PAN India and manage the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty programme.
A seasoned communications professional with over a decade’s industry experience, Gutgutia has deep expertise in leading end-to-end communication campaigns and managing guest loyalty in the hospitality space.
Hyatt Regency Chennai has appointed Sohaib Kidwai as director of sales and marketing. A result-oriented professional with more than 11 years’ experience in the areas of sales, business development, strategic planning and team management, Kidwai brings a wealth of expertise to the sales and marketing function.
At Hyatt Regency Chennai, Kidwai’s core responsibilities will include maximizing revenues through sales and marketing strategies, exploring business opportunities through events.
Kidwai has previously worked with various five star and luxury properties including the Goa Marriott, Renaissance Mumbai, Grand Hyatt Mumbai and Park Hyatt Chennai. Prior to joining Hyatt Regency Chennai, he was with Hyatt Pune as director of sales and marketing.