|The hotel was previously run by Hyatt as Park Hyatt Goa
A Hardcore Mumbaikar, Bhagwan Balani has recently joined as the new general manager ITC Grand Goa Resort and Spa. Set amidst 45-acres, the 252-keys beach-side hotel has 6 signature dining options, besides ITC’s Kaya Kalp Royal spa. The intimate, stylish hotel conveniently located at Arossim beach in Cansaulim, South Goa. Bhagwan, a hospitality professional has worked for high-profile hotel groups in India. Prior to joining ITC Hotels he has worked at Hilton Mumbai and was also instrumental in establishing Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa in the market place and the retreat was recognised with several accolades under his leadership. Interestingly he has earlier worked with Park Hyatt Goa for almost ten years in sales and marketing.
Bhagwan brings with him a wealth of experience, having 23 years in the hotel industry including five plus years as a general manager. Well-known to the hotel business, Bhagwan’s career has included being in various positions in food and beverage and sales and marketing. His previous roles have been with Hyatt Amritsar, Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa and Leela Kempinski Mumbai
With an impressive academic background, a graduate and double diploma holder in hotel management and marketing management, his inclination towards the hospitality industry was inevitable. He began his career in the food and beverage department of the Leela Kempinski Mumbai in 1995 and meticulously worked in this department until 1999, during which he received several acknowledgements and credits.
In July 1999, he joined the sales and marketing team of the Leela Kempinski and later got promoted to assistant manager of sales. In December 2002, he joined Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa as sales manager and later got promoted to associate director of sales then director of sales and eventually led as director of sales and marketing before he moved in 2013 to Hyatt Amritsar as general manager. Towards the end of 2014, he moved to join Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa as the general manager.
Bhagwan commented, “I am delighted to join the ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa. It is a vibrant brand and I am thrilled to join the team here. It embodies the commitment to showcase the destination through unique and enriching experiences that bring alive the cultural influences and ethos of Goa.”
A true ‘Mumbaikar’ at heart, Bhagwan was born and raised in the Mumbai. He is passionate about sports and fitness. In his leisure time Bhagwan prefers to relax by the beach or spend quality time with his family.
Author: Sitaram Mewati – Award Winning Journalist