Vivek Bhalla is regional VP, South West Asia, IHG

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Vivek Bhalla as the Regional Vice President, South West Asia (SWA), effective from 1 January, 2018. He succeeds Shantha de Silva who will progress his journey with IHG as Senior Director, New Hotels – Australasia and Japan. Bhalla will be responsible for spearheading strategic growth for the company and operational performance of 31 hotels in South West Asia, across four brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. He will also play an instrumental role in driving IHG’s growth agenda to have 150 hotels open or in the pipeline in India within the next 10 to 15 years, starting with facilitating the opening of 33 hotels in India within the next 3 to 5 years. Bhalla will be based in Gurgaon and report to Pascal Gauvin, COO, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG.

In his last role as director of operations, SEAK, Bhalla was responsible for the operations of IHG’s 30+ hotels across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Prior to joining IHG, he was co-founder and MD of CASAM Hospitality, an asset management and consulting firm in South East Asia.

Pascal Gauvin, COO, IHG, India, Middle East and Africa said, “I am delighted to welcome Vivek Bhalla to the region and to his new role. Vivek has vast operational experience and commercial expertise, and I am confident he will provide strong leadership to this dynamic region and empower IHG to drive both performance and growth across South West Asia.”

Commenting on his appointment, Bhalla said, “I am very excited to start my new role within IHG. South West Asia, especially India, is fast emerging as an important destination for travellers from across the globe and the region offers many growth opportunities for us. Through our global, preferred brands and strong distribution systems, we have managed to build a strong presence in India with 30 operational hotels and a robust development pipeline.”

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