Raffles enters the Indian market with an upcoming hotel in Udaipur

Raffles Hotels brand is entering the Indian hospitality industry with a 101-keys property in Udaipur. The hotel will be spearheaded by industry veterans like Abhishek Sharma, Rajan Malhotra, and Prasad Metrani.

Raffles enters the Indian market with an upcoming hotel in Udaipur

Abhishek Sharma has been named General Manager of Raffles Udaipur, the brand's first upcoming hotel in India. Sharma is a well-known leader with over two decades of outstanding experience in the luxury hospitality industry and a vast industry network. He has led teams throughout luxury hotels and resorts, including The Oberoi Group, and Soneva Fushi Resort in the Maldives. He will be leading the task of introducing the legendary Raffles brand to the country and taking charge of operations for Raffles Udaipur.

Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President of Operations - India & South Asia, Accor said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Abhishek to this historic opening of Raffles' first outpost in India. Abhishek has a wealth of experience that has helped him improve his project management skills and his ability to increase guest engagement. I am confident that his knowledge and ability to instil excellence in operations will be invaluable for the launch of Raffles Udaipur.

Abhishek Sharma, General Manager, Raffles Udaipur

At the helm of Raffles Udaipur, Abhishek Sharma, General Manager, said, “As I lead the team at our first Raffles in the country, I'm filled with a tremendous sense of excitement and responsibility. The Raffles brand is a global phenomenon that has set the standard for unrivalled guest experience and individualised service. I am honoured to be working with such a dynamic team to provide our guests with Raffles' legendary service.”

Raffles Udaipur has further appointed Rajan Malhotra as Director of Sales and Marketing and Prasad Metrani as the Director of Culinary.

In his role, Rajan, who holds a postgraduate diploma in business administration, will be in charge of bringing the world-renowned Raffles brand experience to the country as well as developing and implementing strategies to support the hotel's unrivalled positioning. He brings 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry with him. Long and successful tenures at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Services India Pvt. Ltd., The Zuri Group of Hotels & Resorts, Le Méridien Jaipur Resort & Spa, Taj Palace, New Delhi, and The Grand New Delhi are among his many accomplishments.

Prasad Metrani will be in charge of the Raffles Udaipur's experiential and evocative food and beverage concepts, with a 15-year career in culinary operations under his belt. He graduated from IHM in Hyderabad with a degree in hotel management and has worked for some of the world's most prestigious Indian and international hospitality brands. He is skilled in a wide range of international cuisines, including modern European, Indian, Arabic, and Pan Asian. He is known for his culinary prowess, mentorship, and leadership abilities and will assist Raffles Udaipur in creating an unforgettable dining experience.

Source: BW Hotelier