Elevating Excellence: Vijay Krishnan-Vazhvelil’s Key Role in Minor Hotels’ India Expansion

A Strategic Appointment for Anantara's Debut in Jaipur and Sustained Growth Across the Country

As a pioneer in the hotel industry worldwide, Minor Hotels has named Vijay Krishnan-Vazhvelil as its Vice President of Operations for India. The effective date of this strategic choice is December 21, 2023. The objective is to enhance the brand’s visibility in India. Its priorities are establishing strong expansion across the country and opening its first Anantara hotel in Jaipur.

Vijay Krishnan Vazhvelil has a career spanning over two decades. He brings a wealth of experience from renowned brands such as Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, American Express Banking Corporation, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club (an affiliate of Relais & Chateaux), and the luxurious Aramness wildlife lodge in India.

Before joining Minor Hotels, Vazhvelil held the Vice President of Operations position at Royal Orchid & Regenta Hotels & Resorts. He oversaw multiple properties across India as one of the country’s fastest-growing hospitality brands. His experience perfectly fits Minor Hotels’ aspirational objectives for strategic expansion into emerging markets. This knowledge includes experience in travel, wildlife tourism, and upscale hospitality.

Vazhvelil’s role will be to steer the successful launch and positioning of Minor Hotels’ premier Anantara property in Jaipur. Simultaneously, he will be crucial in fostering a sustained growth trajectory across India. Collaborating closely with Amir Golbarg, Senior Vice President for the Middle East, Africa, and India, Vazhvelil will significantly contribute to building a sustainable pipeline and operations in India. This collaboration extends to the wider Minor Hotels team based in Dubai and Bangkok.

Amir Golbarg highlighted the strategic importance of Vazhvelil’s extensive experience, particularly in managing complex luxury hotels and resort operations. Golbarg expressed confidence in Vazhvelil’s visionary approach and innovative thinking. He anticipates that his leadership will contribute to creating distinctive products. and deliver exceptional guest experiences in the Indian market.

Excited Vijay Krishnan-Vazhvelil expressed his desire to work with Minor Hotels. He sees this as a life-changing opportunity to support the group’s development in India. He is excited to work with the gifted and driven staff at Minor Hotels and apply his lifestyle luxury hospitality knowledge. The aim is to create enduring and memorable value for all stakeholders.

Vazhvelil graduated from Mangalore University in India with a bachelor’s in hotel management. He studied at Cornell University in the United States to broaden his expertise. The subjects of these courses were Managing Strategic Growth and Leadership in Emerging Markets in Hotels and Resorts, as well as Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management.

Vazhvelil’s leadership will determine the brand’s story in India as Minor Hotels plots its expansion. Vazhvelil is ideally positioned to contribute substantially to Minor Hotels’ growth and success in the competitive Indian hospitality business because of its abundant experience and commitment. With this strategic hire, the brand hopes to create a lasting effect on the thriving Indian hotel industry, which bodes well for exciting future growth.

Akshay Kumar

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