India’s foremost hospitality trade publication by The Indian Express Group, Express Food & Hospitality’s new initiative, The Atithi Devo Bhava Confex Series, opened in Pune yesterday. The event witnessed the presence of the who’s who of the hospitality industry discussing and brainstorming about the scenario of hospitality market in the cultural capital of Maharashtra.
The day-long event was graced by keynote speaker Vikram Kamat, founder chairman, VITS Kamats Group during which he shared valuable insights on ‘Hotel Financing in India’s New Economy’. He highlighted the growing trend of application of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in Indian hotels and how to leverage by vouching on the factor – Other People’s Resources, which is outsourcing a kitchen, laundry and even linen to operationally as well as financially reduce the stress off of the management.
The other guest speakers including Arun Nayar, executive director, Pride Hotels; Nandivardhan Jain, founder CEO, Noesis Capital Advisors and Rahul Pabalkar, chief trustee, Academic With Excellence – Spectrum of Maintenance Engineers (AWESOME) articulated their acumen on the topics – Indianising The Hospitality Sector; The India Hotel Development Pipeline to 2022, and how an efficient system can make your hotel efficient, respectively.
The event garnered the presence of general managers of leading hotels in Pune including Himanshu Sachdev, area GM – Pune, Lemon Tree Hotels; Amit Kumar Sharma, GM, Amanora The Fern Hotels and Club; Girish Sehgal, GM, JW Marriott Hotel Pune; Pankaj Saxena, GM, Radisson Blu Pune Hinjawadi; Aditya Malla, GM, DoubleTree by Hilton Pune – Chinchwad; Shobhit Sawhney, GM, Hyatt Regency Hotel & Residences Pune; Biswajit Biswas, GM, Fort Jadhavgadh, Pune and Advait Kurlekar of Upohan Management Consultants, voicing their views at the panel discussion on topic – Emerging Dynamics of Hospitality in Pune.
Le Cordon Bleu Chef Michael Swamy moderated another panel discussion on Sustainable Kitchens which saw the presence of Chef Sachin Joshi, executive chef, Blue Diamond, Pune – IHCL SeleQtions; Atul Gokhale, director, Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts and Chef Anil Chabukswar, executive chef, Novotel Pune.
The partners for the event were RMS Hospitality Cloud, Elanpro and Wyntronix.