Michael Kwon Director Korea Tourism Organisation, India
Michael Kwon has been appointed as the new Director of Korea Tourism Organisation, India Office. He will be heading the India office for next three years. Previously working as the Director of International Tourism Strategy team at Korea Tourism Organisation head office, he has all-round exposure across different verticals of KTO like HR, Planning & Coordination, Inbound Marketing & Performance Evaluation. Kwon has been associated with KTO for 25 years. He is also a certified Public Labor Attorney in Korea.
Geeta Jain Strategic Programme Vice President CWT
Geeta Jain has moved to the position of Strategic Programme Vice President from her previous role as CEO at Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). Jain has also held the post of COO of CWT India in the past. She has a successful international track record of over 18 years in various industries, including senior management positions at American Express India. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Social Sciences from Punjab University and a Post Graduate degree in management from the IIM Ahmedabad.
Debashish Bhowmik Senior Vice President Clarks Hiraz Agra
Debashish Bhowmik has been appointed as Senior Vice President for hotel Clarks Shiraz, Agra. Bhowmik has 30+ years of rich experience in the hospitality industry, with major hotel groups out of which his association with Clarks groups of hotels has been 14 long years. He returns after being associated with an academic management company as Head of their Melbourne unit in Australia. He will be responsible for taking a fully renovated and new look hotel Clarks Shiraz, Agra, through his strong acumen in Hotel Operations, Business Development and Relationship Management.
Chema Basterrechea Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Chema Basterrechea as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO). Chema Basterrechea has been Chief Operating Officer at NH Hotel Group, prior to his appointment with Rezidor. Chema has worked for NHHG for more than 23 years, as Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director of different Business Units, Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Director of Integration, Merger Integration Officer and General Manager. He will also identify new market segments and help expand the existing customer base of the hotel group.
Vishal Sinha Chief Executive Officer CWT India
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has appointed Vishal Sinha as Chief Executive Officer of CWT India. Reporting to Kai Chan, CWT’s President for Asia Pacific, Sinha will be a member of CWT’s Asia Pacific leadership team. He has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry. Most recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer of TUI India. He has also worked with British Airways in India, the UAE, Hong Kong and China. Sinha holds a Master of Arts degree from Delhi University, as well as a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK.
Nikita Gonsalves Director of Sales and Marketing JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar has promoted Nikita Gonsalves as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Prior to this elevation, she was the Director of Sales with the hotel. Gonsalves has worked with prestigious brands such as Marriott International Inc., Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. With over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, she brings on board expertise in developing strategies for driving revenue through weddings and catering, MICE, groups and transient business segments. Gonsalves is well networked with the Travel Trade, EMC and Corporate fraternity and joins the leadership role with the ability to develop and nurture talent under her.