Leadership Change at WTTCII: Deep Kalra Takes the Helm for 2024-2025 Term

Leadership Change at WTTCII: Deep Kalra Takes the Helm for 2024-2025 Term

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Published on December 14, 2023

In a significant announcement, the World Travel and Tourism Council, India Initiative (WTTCII), has appointed Deep Kalra, Founder & Chairman of MakeMyTrip India Pvt. Ltd, as Chairperson and Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Managing Director of the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, as Vice Chairperson for the upcoming term from 2024 to 2025.

Deep Kalra expressed his respect for WTTCII's distinguished heritage and visionary initiatives, emphasizing the organization's commendable 23-year legacy. Kalra highlighted the importance of collaborating with states, citing their active engagement with the Goa Tourism Board and a recently formalized strategic MoU with the Government of West Bengal to craft a comprehensive marketing and PR roadmap. He stressed the need for impactful partnerships with states and active collaboration to contribute insights to the central government's priorities, aligning with Prime Minister Modi and the Ministry of Tourism initiatives.

Dr. Jyotsna Suri reflected on the evolution of India's tourism landscape since the inception of WTTCII in 2000. She commended the substantial progress made under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Ministry of Tourism, emphasizing the organization's commitment to contributing to the ongoing tourism revolution. Dr. Suri highlighted the recent whitepaper, 'Policy Reforms for Indian Hotel and Hospitality Sector,' calling upon states to streamline business environments, foster increased investments, employment, and local livelihood opportunities.

The leadership change sees Deep Kalra taking over from Dinesh Khanna, Executive Director of Eastern International Hotels Ltd, who served as Chairman of WTTCII for the 2022-2023 term. The appointments aim to leverage the collective expertise within the membership base to elevate tourism initiatives, especially at the state level. WTTCII's emphasis on advancing tourism initiatives within states aligns with their goal of stimulating local tourism economies.

In related developments, former Union Secretary of Tourism and Secretary General of WTTCII, Sujit Banerjee, has joined the Advisory Board of the GSTC India Working Group. Banerjee expressed enthusiasm for advancing India's tourism sustainability agenda, aiming to position the country as a global focal point for sustainability initiatives through collaborative efforts.

As Deep Kalra assumes the role of Chairperson and Dr. Jyotsna Suri takes on the responsibilities of Vice Chairperson, WTTCII looks forward to continued contributions to India's tourism growth and sustainability. The organization remains committed to fostering partnerships, streamlining policies, and supporting initiatives that enhance the overall tourism landscape in India.


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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