Mehrnavaz Avari- Winner: Hotelier India Awards 2018, General Manager of the year, Luxury to Upper Upscale
Mehrnavaz Avari, General Manager, Umaid Bhawan Palace – A Taj Palace
A market like Jodhpur poses several challenges—the fact that travellers to Rajasthan may give it a go-by in favour of Jaipur or Udaipur, for instance, or the constant need to market interesting experiences in the destination to a global audience. As Umaid Bhawan Palace’s general manger, Mehrnavaz Avari has negotiated her way through several such bottlenecks to position the palace hotel right on top of several ‘Best hotels in the world’ listings. Umaid Bhawan Palace has achieved exponential growth under her leadership.
Avari began her career in 2002 as a management trainee and has been associated with the Taj Group of Palaces, Hotels, Resorts and Safaris for over a decade. She has worked through the ranks—from F&B to Front Office. She has learnt how to deal with conflict management, crisis management and revenue management, lessons that have stood her in good stead as one of the youngest general managers to take over the hustings of this beautiful palace hotel.