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Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris announces new General Managers in Kerala

Cochin, March 5, 2018: Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris announced new appointments at two of its hotels in Kerala. Prakash Nair has taken charge of The Gateway Hotel Marine Drive Ernakulam as General Manager. Shobhit Kaushal moves from The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi to the tropical backwaters of Kerala to lead The Gateway Hotel Janardhanpuram Varkala.

Prakash is a Taj loyalist, having spent close to 18 years with the company. His journey with Taj began in the year 2000 as a Principal of the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Aurangabad. After having juggled several challenging roles and assignments, he has served as the General Manager at five Taj hotels. Prior to Ernakulam, he was the General Manager at The Gateway Hotel, Madurai.

Speaking on his new role, Prakash said, “I am excited to be starting off a new innings in Kerala at The Gateway Hotel, Ernakulam. It is an absolute privilege to be able to continue to delight guests with Taj’s legacy of excellence.” Armed with a Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute of Tourism And Hotel Management, Austria, along with a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Mumbai, Prakash has a keen interest in Pharmacology, whereby he likes to study the effect of various medicines on the human body. He is an ardent lover of Carnatic music.

“Prakash has had a long association with the Taj and has proved his mettle across roles and functions. He has successfully led teams at various locations and delivered great results. We are delighted to have him on board.  Shobhit was an Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at Vivanta by Taj – President, Mumbai before moving to The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi as the Resident Manager.   We are sure both  these appointments would help us scale up at the respective hotels in Kerala and we wish them both the very best” said Prabhat Verma, Senior Vice President – Operations (South).

Shobhit started his career with the Taj, back in 1998 as a Guest Services Supervisor at Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur. With around 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Shobhit brings a great blend of leadership experience and a dedication to service to his new role within Taj group. 

“I look forward to working with my team. Perched between the majestic red cliffs, on a hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea, The Gateway Hotel Varkala in the picturesque beach town, is the perfect retreat for both business travellers and leisure seekers.” said Shobhit Kaushal on his move.  

Shobhit holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Kolkata. A complete family man, Shobhit loves spending time with his wife and two lovely daughters. He is an avid traveler and makes sure that every time he is on a vacation, he visits new and unexplored destinations. He is also a music buff.

Having pioneered Kerala as a tourist destination, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris began its operations in 1986, a time when Kerala was not pronounced on tourist maps. Today having evolved as one of the most sought after tourist havens not just in India, but across the globe, Kerala presents a brilliant mix of culture, tradition and modernity. , Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris operates nine hotels, dotting the state presenting unique experiences to unleash Kerala in its different hues for the discerning traveler.

About Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris   is Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) brand for the world’s most discerning travelers seeking authentic experiences in luxury. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house. Vivanta provides new generation travelers a contemporary and creative hospitality experience that matches their work-hard, play-hard lifestyles. The Gateway Hotel  welcomes customers to a refreshingly enjoyable and hassle-free experience, anytime, everywhere, offering the highest consistency in quality, service and style. 

Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris is the flagship brand of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL). IHCL also operates hotels in the economy segment with the Ginger brand, a pioneer in the branded budget hotel space in India and also its largest.Indian Hotels Company Limited runs TajSats Air Catering, a joint venture of the Indian Hotels Company, and SATS (formerly known as Singapore Airport Terminal Services), the market leader in airline catering, providing inflight catering at key cities.

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