Hilton Elevates Luxury Experience in Asia Pacific with New Leadership

Hilton Elevates Luxury Experience in Asia Pacific with New Leadership

By Author

Published on January 31, 2024

In a move to strengthen its foothold in luxury hospitality across Asia Pacific, global hospitality leader Hilton has welcomed Candice D’Cruz as Vice President of Luxury Brands for the region. Based in Singapore, Candice will lead Hilton’s esteemed luxury brands, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, and Conrad Hotels & Resorts.

With a rich background in the industry, Candice brings over two decades of experience to her role. Formerly the Vice President of Luxury Brand Management and Marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Marriott International, she has been recognized as a leader in her field, receiving accolades such as being named number one in "The Power of 25" by Hotelier Middle East in 2019.

In her new role, Candice aims to shape distinctive brand identities and curate localized guest experiences, emphasizing the pivotal role they play in ensuring the enduring success of Hilton’s luxury brands in the region. Her strategic guidance is expected to contribute significantly to Hilton’s commitment to delivering exceptional luxury experiences.

“I am delighted to embark on this journey with Hilton based out of the vibrant city of Singapore. My passion lies in shaping distinctive brand identities alongside curated and localized guest experiences, recognizing their pivotal role in ensuring our brands’ enduring success throughout the region,” said Candice D’Cruz. 

Candice, of Indian origin, currently resides in Singapore with her husband and two children. She is passionate about championing the development of female leaders and cultivating young talent, and she looks forward to empowering her teams to unlock their full potential in this new role.

Hilton’s commitment to luxury hospitality in Asia Pacific is further emphasized by Candice’s appointment, and her extensive experience is expected to play a key role in the brand’s growth and development in the region.


Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala Welcomes New Executive Chef Shyam Kumar Gupta

Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala Welcomes New Executive Chef Shyam Kumar Gupta

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 18, 2024

Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr. Shyam Kumar Gupta as their new Executive Chef. With over 15 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Gupta promises to elevate the resort's culinary offerings to new heights.

Mr. Gupta's illustrious career includes significant roles at renowned establishments, most notably the Taj Mahal in New Delhi. His tenure there has equipped him with a deep understanding of high-end hospitality, culinary precision, and a commitment to exceptional service. At Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala, he will lead the culinary team in delivering innovative and exquisite dining experiences.

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Shyam Kumar Gupta is not only skilled in leading culinary teams but also in overseeing kitchen operations and maintaining the highest standards of food quality and safety. His vision aligns perfectly with Radisson’s dedication to excellence, and his strategic approach is expected to drive the culinary department towards continued growth and success.

Under Mr. Gupta’s leadership, guests at Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala can look forward to a refined dining experience that blends traditional flavors with contemporary techniques. His expertise in menu development, team management, and operational oversight will ensure that every dish meets the resort's exacting standards.

His appointment marks a new chapter for Radisson Resort & Spa Lonavala, as they continue to enhance their culinary offerings and uphold a reputation for hospitality excellence.


Dive into a Legendary Summer at Aquaventure World with David Hasselhoff as Head Lifeguard

Dive into a Legendary Summer at Aquaventure World with David Hasselhoff as Head Lifeguard

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 18, 2024

Aquaventure World, the world's largest waterpark, is making waves this summer by recruiting none other than David Hasselhoff as its new Head Lifeguard. Known globally as “The Hoff,” Hasselhoff is bringing back his iconic lifeguard persona, promising a summer filled with adventure and excitement. With new day and annual passes available, there's something for every type of thrill-seeker and family looking to create unforgettable memories.

Aquaventure World proudly announces the appointment of David Hasselhoff as the new Head Lifeguard. Stepping into this role, Hasselhoff, or officially, the Head of Aquatic Safety, is already making a splash. Spotted in his signature red jacket, he has been engaging in various lifeguard duties, from testing the park's exhilarating slides to teaching staff how to run in slow motion on the beach. He even stars in Aquaventure's latest campaign video, taking on the park's most daunting ride, Poseidon's Revenge.

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Hasselhoff's presence is more than just nostalgic fun. He joins forces with popular content creators like Jay Alvarrez, Jacob Grégoire, Paula Díez, Maria Riera, and Alex Ojeda. These adventurers have been showcasing the park's myriad attractions, highlighting why Aquaventure World is a must-visit destination.

Aquaventure World is much more than a waterpark. Verified by Guinness World Records™, it offers a diverse array of activities. Guests can plunge down record-breaking slides, engage in thrilling watersports, and explore The Lost Chambers Aquarium, home to 65,000 marine animals. For those looking to relax, there’s over 1km of private beach. Dolphin Bay offers the unique experience of swimming with dolphins, and the Dubai Balloon provides breathtaking views of the Palm.

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To enhance the summer fun, Aquaventure World is introducing two new day passes and three new annual passes:

Super Day Pass: Combines access to Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Priced at AED 370 per person, it includes full-day access to Aquaventure Beach, the Surf’s Up wave rider, and discounted dolphin experiences.

Adventure Day Pass: Includes Aquaventure Waterpark and the new Dolphin Discovery Presentation. Also priced at AED 370 per person, it offers similar benefits as the Super Pass with a unique dolphin educational experience.

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For those looking for year-round adventure, the new annual passes provide extensive benefits:

Bronze Trident Pass: Starting at AED 995 for adults and AED 695 for children, this pass offers 365 days of unlimited access to Aquaventure Waterpark and daily early access.

Silver Trident Pass: Adds daily access to The Lost Chambers Aquarium and various discounts, starting at AED 1,195 for adults and AED 895 for children.

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Gold Trident Pass: The ultimate package, offering all the benefits of the Silver Trident, plus additional perks like cabana discounts, free dolphin experiences, and complimentary valet parking. Prices start at AED 1,495 for adults and AED 1,195 for children.

Aquaventure World’s new passes are available online and at the park’s ticketing plaza. For more details and to book your legendary summer experience, visit Aquaventure World.


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.

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