GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Triumph: Ras Al Khaimah's Unforgettable New Year's Bash

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Triumph: Ras Al Khaimah's Unforgettable New Year's Bash

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Published on January 4, 2024

Ras Al Khaimah, known for its legendary New Year's Eve fireworks, soared to new heights by not just illuminating the night sky but setting two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. The spectacular celebration featured the 'Longest chain of aquatic floating fireworks' spanning 5.8km and the 'Longest straight-line drones display' covering an impressive 2km.

The eight-minute-long extravaganza, held along a 4.5km stretch of Ras Al Khaimah's waterfront, mesmerised over 50,000 spectators. Combining 1,050 LED drones, aquatic floating fireworks, and acrobatic pyro planes, the celebration showcased groundbreaking techniques that seamlessly blended the elements of the desert, sea, and mountains, all choreographed to specially composed music.

Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, expressed delight at breaking two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, setting the stage for an unforgettable celebration. The festivities, which fully booked hotels across the Emirate, not only brought the community together but also marked the highest-ever annual number of visitors in 2023, propelling Ras Al Khaimah closer to its goal of attracting over 3 million annual visitors by 2030.

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The celebrations weren't just about records; public viewing areas with family activities, food trucks, live entertainment, and the ticketed event experience, SoundFest, featuring global live bands, made it the most visited show to date.

Ras Al Khaimah's New Year's Eve Organizing Committee, in collaboration with various entities, ensured a seamless event, reinforcing the Emirate's status as a dynamic and record-breaking tourism destination.


Radisson Hotel Group Promotes Namit Vijh to Area General Manager for Central India

Radisson Hotel Group Promotes Namit Vijh to Area General Manager for Central India

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 16, 2024

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the promotion of Namit Vijh as the new Area General Manager for Central India. Namit will continue his leadership role as General Manager at Radisson Gurugram Udyog Vihar while taking on this expanded responsibility.

With nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Namit has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership and operational expertise. Previously serving as the Cluster General Manager for Rajasthan and Agra, he spearheaded initiatives that significantly improved revenue growth, operational efficiency, and guest satisfaction, setting new benchmarks for the industry.

Expressing his gratitude for the promotion, Namit stated, "Assuming the role of Area General Manager is both an honor and a responsibility. I am deeply grateful to the RHG leadership team for entrusting me with this pivotal role. My vision is to leverage the unique strengths of each market, capitalize on emerging hospitality trends, and foster synergies across properties to enhance sales and marketing strategies, operational excellence, and, above all, deliver unparalleled guest experiences. Together, we will solidify Radisson’s position as a leader in the hospitality sector and cultivate innovative partnerships with industry stakeholders."

Namit's leadership has earned him widespread recognition, including top rankings in guest satisfaction within the region and numerous accolades for operational excellence and innovation. His strategic vision and commitment to excellence have been instrumental in elevating Radisson's presence and reputation across various markets.

In his new role, Namit aims to harness the distinct strengths of each market within Central India. By focusing on emerging hospitality trends and fostering collaboration across properties, he plans to enhance Radisson’s sales and marketing strategies and elevate operational standards. This approach is expected to deliver exceptional guest experiences and further strengthen the brand's leadership in the hospitality sector.

Namit’s promotion comes at a time when Radisson Hotel Group continues to expand its footprint in India. With over 180 hotels in operation and development, Radisson is one of the country’s largest international hotel operators. The brand's extensive portfolio spans across 70+ locations, ensuring a Radisson property is within a four-hour drive in many regions, providing unparalleled accessibility and convenience for travelers.


Puneet Sharma Takes the Helm at Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre

Puneet Sharma Takes the Helm at Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 15, 2024

Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre has proudly announced the appointment of Puneet Sharma as their new General Manager. With a robust career spanning over 24 years in the hospitality industry, Puneet brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record to his new role.

Puneet's extensive experience with the IHG brand equips him with a deep understanding of its goals, service standards, and identity. His vision is to drive business growth and enhance guest experiences through strategic initiatives. By focusing on elevating staff training and incorporating innovative ideas, he aims to significantly enhance the brand’s reputation.

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This appointment marks Puneet’s return to Jaipur, a city he holds close to his heart. He is excited to infuse local elements by collaborating with the community and promoting sustainable practices. Puneet expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Holiday Inn in Jaipur. The opportunity to lead such a vibrant and culturally rich destination is incredibly exciting. I’m eager to work with the amazing team here to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.”

Puneet's personable leadership style and strategic vision are anticipated to drive the hotel's success and elevate guest satisfaction to new heights. His commitment to enhancing service standards will ensure that Holiday Inn Jaipur continues to offer exceptional hospitality.

Outside of his professional life, Puneet enjoys spending his leisure time with his family, exploring new destinations and cuisines. His passion for travel and culture aligns perfectly with his role in a city as vibrant as Jaipur.

The Holiday Inn Jaipur team is enthusiastic about Puneet's leadership. They look forward to thriving under his guidance, confident that his expertise will lead the hotel to new heights.


Mallikarjun Naidu Revolutionises Leisure with Prime Golf

Mallikarjun Naidu Revolutionises Leisure with Prime Golf

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 13, 2024

Mallikarjun Naidu’s journey from a top corporate leader in the BFSI sector to a pioneering entrepreneur is a testament to his vision and passion for creating unique experiences. After excelling in the financial services industry in the United States for nearly two decades, Naidu discovered a new passion for golf, which led him to revolutionize leisure in India.

During his time in the US, Naidu embraced the inclusive, vibrant culture of golf. However, upon returning to India, he noticed that the sport was still seen as an elite, exclusive pursuit. Motivated by his entrepreneurial spirit, Naidu envisioned a welcoming space where both seasoned and novice golfers could experience the game’s thrill. This vision became reality with Prime Golf.

Located in the bustling heart of Whitefield, Bengaluru, Prime Golf spans an impressive 1.52 lakh sq ft. This groundbreaking venue merges the excitement of golf with the luxury of craft brewing. Naidu’s concept, encapsulated in the ethos “Swing, Sip, and Soak in the Fun,” aims to make golf accessible and enjoyable for all.

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Prime Golf features state-of-the-art facilities, including Asia’s largest microbrewery. The expert brewing team crafts an unparalleled selection of beers on-site, offering diverse flavors from IPAs and lagers to sour beers and fruit-infused ales. Each brew is made with locally-sourced ingredients, providing a unique twist on global styles.

But Prime Golf is more than just golf and beer; it’s a space for connection, relaxation, and enjoying life’s finest moments. Guests can immerse themselves in the sport at precision-designed individual golf bays while enjoying panoramic views from an expansive bar with the largest LED screen in its category. With a 1,500-person seating capacity, Prime Golf promises an immersive experience for all.

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Culinary enthusiasts will delight in Prime Golf’s exceptional dining offerings, featuring over 450 delectable choices ranging from modern Indian to global cuisines. The venue also caters to diverse recreational interests, offering arcade games and social spaces, ensuring there is something for everyone—families, individuals, couples, and corporate groups alike.

Mallikarjun Naidu’s Prime Golf is more than a venue; it’s a vision brought to life, harmoniously blending sport, relaxation, and gastronomy. It invites all to partake in its vibrant offerings.

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