Puneet Chhatwal Assumes Leadership as FAITH Chairman

Puneet Chhatwal Assumes Leadership as FAITH Chairman

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Published on January 6, 2024

The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has appointed Mr. Puneet Chhatwal as their Chairman, succeeding Mr. Nakul Anand, who retired from the HAI Executive Committee, thus relinquishing his FAITH position. The transition, effective immediately, was announced by Mr. Rajiv Mehra, Honorary Secretary of FAITH.

Mr. Chhatwal, also the Managing Director and CEO of IHCL (Indian Hotels Company Limited), brings extensive experience and a profound understanding of the tourism and hospitality industry to his new role. In his capacity as Chairman, he pledges to lead FAITH in becoming a robust policy advocacy body for issues in the sector. "With the backing of all members, I aim to continue FAITH's legacy and contribute to the advancement of the Tourism and Hospitality industry," stated Mr. Chhatwal.

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The Board expressed deep appreciation for Mr. Anand's service and extended best wishes for his future endeavors.

Several national tourism and hotel associations, including HAI, the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India, and The Federation of Hotels & Restaurant Associations of India, are part of FAITH.

Mr. Chhatwal's appointment as FAITH Chairman aligns with his role as the President of the Hotel Association of India (HAI), to which he was re-elected in 2022. This dual role positions him strategically to advocate for the industry's interests and uphold FAITH's mission.

Looking ahead to 2024, optimism pervades the Indian hotel industry despite global challenges and impending elections. The sector anticipates sustained growth, fueled by niche tourism segments such as religious and spiritual tourism, cruise tourism, and medical tourism. The government's renewed commitment and focus on infrastructure development set the stage for enduring progress.

Mr. Chhatwal's vision, supported by FAITH members, aims to fortify the organization's impact on policy decisions, ensuring a vibrant future for the Indian Tourism and Hospitality industry.


Catering Collective Appoints Arindam Chakraborty as COO for National Expansion

Catering Collective Appoints Arindam Chakraborty as COO for National Expansion

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Catering Collective, a division of K Hospitality and a premier player in India’s banquet and catering scene, proudly announces the appointment of Arindam Chakraborty as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). This strategic decision underscores the brand’s commitment to expanding its presence nationally. Boasting over 23 years of experience in the hotel and catering industry, Arindam brings a wealth of expertise, particularly in hospitality.

Prior to becoming a part of Catering Collective, Arindam occupied significant leadership positions at esteemed organizations including Brookfield Properties, The Leela Palaces – Hotels and Resorts, Radisson, and The Claridges Hotels, among others. His expertise lies in managing extensive corporate events, MICE gatherings, and upscale wedding celebrations. Armed with a robust skill set in operations management, strategic planning, and business development, Arindam is primed to play a pivotal role in steering Catering Collective towards its future expansion.

Commenting on the appointment, Karan Kapur, Executive Director, K Hospitality, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Arindam to the Catering Collective team. His appointment as COO underscores our dedication to fostering growth and upholding excellence across our operations. With his extensive experience and proven track record in driving business success, we are confident in his ability to play a pivotal role as we advance and expand this important business vertical across India.”

Stepping into his role with a clear vision, Arindam Chakraborty, COO of Catering Collective, expressed, “I am honored to join Catering Collective and am excited about the journey ahead. Catering Collective has established itself as a premier brand in the luxury banqueting and catering space, and I am committed to furthering its reputation for excellence and innovation. Working alongside a highly skilled team, I look forward to driving growth, fostering culture alignment, innovation, diversity, and sustainability within the organization. The goal will be to deliver unparalleled experiences to our clients and guests.”

Catering Collective’s unwavering commitment to transforming the landscape of Indian venues and catering, alongside Mr. Arindam Chakraborty’s visionary leadership, heralds an exhilarating path forward for the company. With anticipation, the company envisions a period characterized by growth, creativity, and sustained distinction under his guidance.


Novotel Guwahati Welcomes Manmeet Singh as New General Manager

Novotel Guwahati Welcomes Manmeet Singh as New General Manager

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 16, 2024

Novotel Guwahati proudly welcomes Mr. Manmeet Singh as its new General Manager, marking an exciting chapter in the hotel's journey towards excellence. With over 25 years of experience spanning various segments within the hospitality industry, including business, resort, and luxury hotels, Mr. Singh brings a wealth of expertise and a proven track record of success to his new role.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Singh has made significant contributions to renowned hospitality brands such as IHG, Hyatt, Starwood, Marriott, and Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels. His extensive background in food and beverage management further enriches his leadership, making him a valuable asset to the Novotel Guwahati team.

Recognized for his outstanding achievements, Mr. Singh has been the recipient of prestigious awards, including the INCA Best Director F&B Award, and has been nominated for the Hoteliers Award as Best Hotel Manager. His dedication, leadership skills, and commitment to excellence have set him apart as a dynamic professional within the industry.

In his new role as General Manager, Mr. Singh will oversee the overall operations of Novotel Guwahati, with a primary focus on delivering exceptional service and ensuring guest satisfaction. His strategic vision and profound industry knowledge will play a pivotal role in further establishing Novotel Guwahati as a premier destination for both business and leisure travelers alike.

Expressing his enthusiasm for joining the Novotel Guwahati team, Mr. Singh stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the Novotel Guwahati team and am committed to upholding the hotel's reputation for excellence. I look forward to working collaboratively with the team to deliver exceptional experiences to our guests and further elevate the hotel's standing in the hospitality industry.”


Luisa Lalli Takes the Lead at Ozen Mansion Kolkata

Luisa Lalli Takes the Lead at Ozen Mansion Kolkata

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 14, 2024

The Ozen Collection proudly announces the appointment of Luisa Lalli as Vice President of Operations and General Manager of Ozen Mansion Kolkata, its highly anticipated luxury city hotel in India.

Luisa Lalli joins The Ozen Collection with a wealth of experience, having previously excelled as General Manager at the brand's resorts in the Maldives. This appointment reaffirms The Ozen Collection's commitment to empowering women in senior positions, a culture it has long championed across its properties, including Ozen Life Maadhoo and Ozen Reserve Bolifushi.

With over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Luisa brings a proven track record of delivering exceptional guest experiences and operational excellence. Her leadership at Ozen Mansion Kolkata promises to set new benchmarks in luxury hospitality, further enhancing the brand's reputation for refined elegance and unparalleled service.

Luisa expresses her excitement about leading the team at Ozen Mansion Kolkata, emphasizing the city's vibrant energy and rich cultural heritage as the perfect backdrop for the hotel's personalized indulgent experiences. With plans to recruit approximately 700 employees, diversity and inclusivity are at the forefront of her hiring strategy, ensuring an inclusive environment for all team members.

Nestled within 6 acres of lush gardens in Kolkata's prime New Town area, Ozen Mansion Kolkata promises guests an unforgettable stay. With 235 lavish rooms and suites, impressive lounges, and expansive event spaces, the hotel is poised to become the city's premier venue for celebrations and luxury experiences.

As Luisa Lalli takes the helm at Ozen Mansion Kolkata, she embarks on a journey to redefine luxury hospitality in India's bustling metropolis. With her vision, experience, and dedication to inclusivity, she is set to lead the team towards a grand opening on July 7, 2024, marking a new chapter of refined elegance and excellence in Kolkata's hospitality landscape.

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