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Biswajit Chakraborty Appointed General Manager
of The Leela Kempinski Mumbai, India

 MUMBAI, India, January 19, 2010 – One of India’s most renowned luxury hotel groups, The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts has appointed Biswajit Chakraborty as General Manager of The Leela Kempinski Mumbai.  For the past four years he has been the General Manager of The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, Kerala.  And just last month, he was awarded “GM of the Year” by Hotelier India. 

A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Chakraborty has been with the leading luxury brands in India including Taj, Oberoi and now The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts.  Prior to joining The Leela, he was General Manager of The Yak & Yeti in Nepal overseeing a staff of 630.  Chakraborty began his career in 1984 as Food & Beverage Controller with the Taj group.  Subsequently, he worked with Oberoi handling sales and later led its sales team. During that time he was responsible for the restructuring of Oberoi’s Sales & Marketing Division in the Northern Region and was a key member of the team during the McKinsey reengineering process.

“Biswajit has enormous knowledge of the luxury hotel industry and has proven to be an excellent operations manager,” said The Leela’s Senior Vice President Rajiv Kaul.  “He’s an energetic professional with a tremendously effective leadership style,” continued Kaul.

This dynamic management style led to him being awarded “GM of the Year” by Hotelier India on December 17. 

Chakraborty holds a Masters Degree in Commerce from Bangalore University where he spent his childhood.  He and his wife, who previously worked in the travel industry with Malaysian Airways and Swiss Air, have two children, daughter Riddhi and son Risheek.  In his spare time, Chakraborty loves to read, write poetry and listen to music. A karate instructor, he also enjoys martial arts. And he is passionate about his Honda Civic.

Set on 11 lushly-landscaped acres amid waterfalls and lotus ponds, the luxurious Leela Kempinski Mumbai is a tranquil refuge from the hustle and bustle of India’s largest city.  Guests enter through towering cast-iron gates and continue up the drive through tropical gardens of palms, mango and banyan trees.  Known as one of the premier business hotels in India’s financial capital, The Leela boasts expansive rooms, a spa featuring the renowned ESPA products, a large swimming pool and a gym equipped with personal trainers.  Recently the “Royal Club,” underwent a $25 million renovation.  Its prime location – five minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from the domestic airport – is a plus for both leisure and business travelers.  And with more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space, The Leela is popular with incentives and meeting planners. 

Leela Kempinski Mumbai
Set amidst 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, The Leela is an enclave of
tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of India's commercial capital - Mumbai 

The Leela Kempinski Mumbai has 390 rooms and suites including the sumptuous 1,722-square-foot Maharaja Suite decorated with Indian paintings and antiques.  The five-star property has four restaurants: Jamavar for authentic Indian cuisine, The Great Wall serving Chinese and Singaporean specialties, Stella for Italian dishes and Citrus, a 24-hour brasserie. The Leela’s Six Degrees bar is a popular spot for cosmopolitan Mumbaiites.  Sitar players serenade guests in the lobby, providing a genuine essence of India.

About Hotel Leelaventure Limited:
Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. operates The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts in Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kovalam (Kerala), Gurgaon and Udaipur. Located in key business and leisure destinations, The Leela is a blend of aesthetic sensibility, modern amenities and truly reflects the essence of India. New hotels will soon open in New Delhi (2010) and Chennai (2011); with plans to develop hotels in Agra, Hyderabad and Pune. The group has marketing alliances with Germany based Kempinski (Hoteliers since 1897); US based Preferred Hotel Group and are members of Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland.


Meredith Pillon

Also See: Christopher Newbery Rejoins Luxury Indian Hotel Group as General Manager at the Leela Kempinski Mumbai, India / April 2009

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