As Regional Director of Operations, Shalil is responsible for ensuring a smooth transition from project to operation stage for new properties/renovations within an acceptable time and budget. He will be responsible for the development, support and oversight of operations at new properties for each of the hotels and resorts under the management of Absolute Hotel Services India including branded U Hotels & Resorts, Eastin Hotels & Residences and Eastin Easy as well as all non branded hotels.
With 21 years of experience, Shalil has adapted his working styles to both City and Resort locations. Working his way upwards he initiated his career from the Front Office taking up various positions within Rooms Division along the way, finally moving up the ladder to General Management. He has been associated with Domestic and International Brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Wyndham Hotels amongst others.
A Science Graduate for Mumbai University, Shalil is academically qualified in Hotel Management from the renowned IHM, Mumbai and has undergone Professional Development Programs from Cornell University. Twice, he has been recognised by FHRAI through their Young Hotel Manager Awards.
Prior to joining Absolute Hotel Services India he was with Wyndham Hotels as General Manager of the Ramada Powai Hotel and Convention Centre and The Residence Hotel and Apartment. Prior to this he was also instrumental in bringing to operations from projects the foremost International Brand on the outskirts of Mumbai, Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, which included the first Mandara Spa in India.
“We are happy to welcome Shalil on board and expect all properties to benefit from his years in Hotel Operations. Apart from operations he will also be responsible for guest satisfaction and brand audits of all our branded properties in India thus ensuring we achieve the Guest Delight we aim for, said Mark Heather, Managing Director, Absolute Hotel Services India.
About Absolute Hotel Services Group
The company provides a unique range of hospitality services and consultancy on an a la carte basis that includes marketing/feasibility studies, owner representative services, master planning consultancy, pre-opening consultancy, brand creation/consultancy, training as well as the hotel management services from the technical services and pre-opening assistance to management contracts for U Hotels & Resorts, Eastin Hotels & Residences and Eastin Easy, the hotel brands of Absolute Hotel Services as well as non-branded hotels and resorts.
Absolute Hotel Services head office (absolutehotelservices.com) is based in Bangkok, Thailand while Absolute Hotel Services Indochina office based in Hanoi covers Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Absolute Hotel Services India office based in Mumbai covers India, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
Currently operating and under development properties under the U Hotels & Resorts brand in Thailand, Vietnam, India and Indonesia total 33 properties with more than 3,700 rooms of which will all be operating by 2014. Eastin Hotels & Residences and Eastin Easy have operating and under development 19 projects on going in Thailand, India, Middle East and Vietnam totalling close to 2,400 rooms operating by late 2014.
About U Hotels & Resorts Brand
The brand was created with today’s travellers in mind and their expectation from the fast moving pace of hospitality. Founded in 2008, U Hotels & Resorts (uhotelsresorts.com) is an uncomplicated bijoux deluxe hotel brand that is a stimulating blend of local heritage and design accents that pair with modern amenities, services and facilities to unobtrusively encourage sophisticated target customers eager to enjoy the local environment.
U Hotels & Resorts will consist of a maximum 200 rooms/suites and in some cases will include a residential element. U’s unique concept of services include 24-hour room, breakfast whenever/wherever, free Wi-Fi, U choose programme, U Stay & Save Transient rate programme and calls at cost.
About Eastin Hotels | Eastin Residences | Eastin Easy Brands
A deluxe 4 star commercial brands created to base on relevance to market and the needs of targeted customers. The brands provide value and consistency through flexible venues and services with added value to serve the needs of business and leisure travellers.
Eastin Hotels brand’s target customers are value hunters looking for comfort and convenience at the right price with maximum flexibility to serve purpose of their visit, whether business or pleasure. Eastin Hotels consist of a minimum 150 rooms/suites with large conference and event facilities.
Eastin Residences (eastinhotelsresidences.com) will consist of a minimum 80 units up to 500 units with full service and facilities that provide value and flexibility to serve the needs of customers for extended stays whether for business or pleasure.
Eastin Easy, a 3 star hotel brand that provides comfortable accommodation, breakfast plus approachable services and simple facilities for business and leisure travelers. Eastin Easy consists of a minimum 40 rooms/suites.