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Pune Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre

Nishanth Vishwanath has been appointed as the director of food and beverage at the Pune Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre. In this capacity, he will be responsible for all the food and beverage operations at the hotel which include three restaurants, bar, lounge, nightclub and meeting and banquet spaces that span 40,000 square feet. Prior to this position, Vishwanath was the assistant director of food and beverage, Pune Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre and was a part of the hotel’s pre- opening team in 2010.

Courtyard by Marriott, Chennai

Ashley James has joined Courtyard by Marriott, Chennai as front office manager. He has worked with eminent brands like The Oberoi, Trident Cochin and Jaipur, Rajvilas, Convergys India Limited, Manipal Healthcare and Ista hotels. As front office manager, he started his career with the Oberoi Bangalore and was with the property for ten years. Moving on from Oberoi, he had a successful stint at the Ista hotel properties in Bengaluru, Amritsar and Pune.

Dusit International

Dusit Bird Hotels has announced the appointment of Mahema Bhutia as the new director of sales and marketing for Dusit Devarana New Delhi. In her new role, Bhutia is responsible for the efficiency of the sales and marketing department in terms of sales, profitability and image. She brings 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the role.

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa has announced the appointment of Srinivasan Raman as the director of food and beverage. At Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Raman will oversee the fine collection of restaurants and bars and will administer the profitable management of the food and beverage services through service and product efficiency. In his new role, Raman will be responsible for upholding and enhancing the culinary experience at the resort.

The Leela Goa

Shridhar Nair has been appointed as general manager of The Leela Goa. Nair began his career with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts as a management trainee in 1997 and worked in various management capacities across the group’s Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kovalam and Goa properties. His most recent position was that of a resident manager at The Leela Goa.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Banjara Hills Hyderabad

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Banjara Hills Hyderabad has announced the appointment of Swami Nandan as the executive chef. In this role, he will oversee culinary operations of the hotel including the restaurants and bars, in-room dining and banqueting. Apart from spearheading the food and beverage experience of this award winning hotel, he will also be involved in preparing innovative menus and provide training and development to the hotel’s culinary team.

Swissôtel Sydney

Tanja Nixdorf has been appointed as the new executive chef at Swissotel Sydney. Nixdorf is in the final stages of a complete gastronomic overhaul for the five-star Sydney hotel with the newly introduced banqueting and in-room menus and the re-launching of Crossroads Bar and Jpb Restaurant. Prior to joining Swissôtel Sydney, Nixdorf held the role of head chef at the Restaurant zum Kaiser Franz (Emperor Francis in the White Horse Inn) a 14 Gault Millau point restaurant in Switzerland.


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced the promotion of Puangthip Chotipantawanon as director of operations reporting to chief operating officer Sheila Leong. She is responsible for operations across all departments to provide an association-wide support structure to actively and regularly engage with members; deliver all PATA products, services and events in a timely and profitable manner, and to convey the highest standards to satisfy the needs and relevance of PATA membership.


TripAdvisor has announced the appointment of Cindy Tan, vice president of display advertising sales, Asia Pacific at TripAdvisor. Based in Singapore, she will lead a team in continuing to drive the growth of the business in Asia Pacific, including China, India and Japan. Tan brings with her 14 years of experience across sales, marketing and business development in the media industry. Prior to this, she was at BBC Worldwide for seven years with her last role as regional director for its Southeast Asia and China operations. Before BBC Worldwide, she was regional manager at TTG Asia managing its multi-platform solutions.

Orient Express Hotels

Orient-Express Hotels has appointed Laura McIver as general manager at El Encanto, the iconic Santa Barbara luxury hotel due to reopen in March 2013. As general manager, McIver will oversee all day-to-day operations, ensuring optimal product quality and service standards. Most recently, McIver served as general manager of Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara and she has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. In addition, she held senior positions with ETC Hotels including Hotel Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach.

Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau

Edwina San, formerly MCVB’s director international incentives, has accepted the position of general manager commercial partnerships and will head the new department.

Jon Malpas, formerly MCVB’s senior manager events and marketing services, will report to San in the position of associate director partnerships and events.

Rebecca Elliott, MCVB’s communications manager, will take over the management of marketing, in addition to communications, and will also report into San.

In the business development and convention sales department, Julia Swanson has been promoted to general manager business development and bidding, and in line with the new strategic business plan this department will now include a dedicated research team headed up by Danielle Ramirez as associate director research.


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