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Vittal Calamur Appointed as General Manager of
HONOLULU (April 13, 2012) – The Modern Honolulu, an innovative 353-room marina-front property and the newest in Waikiki, has named Vittal Calamur general manager. Calamur has been involved in the development of this unique lifestyle hotel from its initial development phase in 2007 and new brand transition in 2011, to general manger. In addition to The Modern Honolulu, Vittal has been masterful at introducing and operating award-winning boutique properties across the country in various executive capacities including pre-opening design work, brand development and hotel operations management.
Calamur oversees all day-to-day activities at The Modern Honolulu and assures guests will experience the style, cuisine and excitement that’s made it the talk of the town, and a favorite with celebrity jet-setters. Since arriving in Honolulu, Calamur has also been an active advocate of the local community, and integrated a vigorous approach in support of Hawaii’s travel and hospitality industry. The Modern Honolulu now participates annually in the Duke Kahanamoku Challenge, the Visitor Industry Charity Walk, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival and most recently, the month-long Mele Mei celebration of Hawaii music.
“I look forward to leading The Modern Honolulu team and am confident that our employees are committed to ensuring the property’s success,” says Calamur. “Concepting and engineering the property’s transformation, as part of the ownership’s asset management team during its hard hat days, has been an incredible experience. There is no where else in the world that defines community and teamwork quite like Hawaii.”
At The Modern Honolulu, Calamur’s experience opening and operating boutique, lifestyle hotels was instrumental to the property’s successful transition to The Modern brand. His hospitality background includes participating in the growth of the W Hotel brand from two to 18 hotels; opening The Keating, first hotel ever by Pininfarina, designers of Ferrari and Maserati; TOWER23 Hotel, located on the Pacific Beach boardwalk in San Diego and a 2006 Condé Nast Hot List Hotels recipient; the JAMES Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona; and the Montage Resort & Spa, a five-star hotel nestled on the bluffs of Laguna Beach, listed as the 2003 "Best of the Best Resorts" by Robb Report and the 2003 "Best New Hotel/Resort Discovery" by Gallivanter's Guide.
Calamur obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in The School of Hospitality Business from Michigan State University. He began his career working in all areas of operations at the Westin Renaissance Center in Detroit and the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.
ABOUT THE MODERN HONOLULU
A cutting-edge lifestyle hotel where innovative design meets barefoot luxury, The Modern Honolulu debuted in September 2011. Located at the edge of Waikiki, within walking distance to popular Waikiki beaches, Hawaii’s largest open-air shopping center and a selection of luxury boutiques and retail stores, The Modern Honolulu is brilliantly laid back: both stilettos and slippers are welcome. The 353-room marina-front resort is noted for its chic not overdone design, personal, friendly modern service and incomparable food, beverage and entertainment options including a restaurant by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto; an urban spa; the vibrant ADDICTION nightclub; a sophisticated lobby bar; two refreshing pools, poolside bars and spectacular views of the Pacific. Extensive indoor and outdoor banquet and private event facilities include a 9,100 square foot Ballroom, Sun Suite with open-air terrace, four meeting studios and three pre-function galleries with state-of-the-art audio and visuals.
For more information and reservations, contact The Modern Honolulu toll-free, at 866-970-4161, or visit the website at www.themodernhonolulu.com
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