Power List 2017, Jyotsna Suri, CMD, Bharat Hotels
If there is one thing that the hospitality industry needs, and in copious amounts, it is the ability to socialise, network and form partnerships. Of course, most people immediately confuse this with a gregarious personality. But does this necessarily have to be true?
Not if you look at the calm and poised Dr Jyotsna Suri, a veteran in the hospitality business, who has been serving as the CMD of Bharat Hotels and The Lalit Hotels since 2006. Earlier this year, on 26th January to be precise, the Lalit Hotels made its international debut with the opening of Lalit London at 181 Tooley Street. This converted luxury hotel will feature 70 rooms, each ornamented with bespoke Indian art, combining Indian culture with a quintessentially British charm. It is reported that Suri’s company invested £50 million and five years on refurbishment of this old building.
But then again, the reticent does not like to rush into things. Neither does she like to ape trends because a me-too attitude does not suit her style.
An alumnus of Lawrence School, Sanawar and Miranda House College, Delhi University, she took charge of the hospitality group after her husband’s demise. Two years later, she undertook a major rebranding exercise. From its erstwhile name of ‘The Grand – Hotels, Palaces & Resorts’ the name was changed to it was changed to ‘The LaLiT’ on November 19, 2008 to pay homage to the company’s founder, chairman and her husband, Lalit Suri.
According to the company, The Lalit has 13 luxury hotels, with 3600 rooms in India and one in London. It is present in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Goa, Bangalore, Udaipur, Khajuraho, Kerala, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mangar and London.
The Group has also forayed into mid-segment
hotels under the brand – ‘The Lalit Traveller’. The
first two hotels under this brand opened in Jaipur and Khajuraho and more hotels planned in the next five years.
Suri was the erstwhile president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) and had been included in various business delegations that accompanied heads of Indian state.
By Vinita Bhatia