Mr. Puneet Dhawan is a gifted hospitality professional and strategist who has been leading Accor Hotels in India and South Asia for many years. Under his able and dynamic leadership, the Accor hotels in India and South Asia are reaching new heights. He was recently honored by the International Hospitality Council and IIHM for his Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments. He is truly an asset to the hospitality industry. Keep up the good work, Mr. Dhawan!
In this blog, we will be sharing some introduction about Mr. Dhawan, about the award event, and lastly why IIHM and how it is helpful for your career in hotel management.
Who Is Puneet Dhawan
Mr. Dhawan is a hospitality executive with over 23 years of experience in the industry. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Operations for India & South Asia at Accor, one of the world’s largest hotel companies. In this role, Puneet is responsible for Accor’s operations across India and South Asia, overseeing a team of more than 4,000 employees. Prior to joining Accor, Puneet was the General Manager of Sofitel Manila in the Philippines. During his time at the Sofitel, Puneet oversaw a $10 million renovation of the property and was named “General Manager of the Year” by Hospitality Management magazine. Puneet has also held positions with Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration/Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Mr. Dhawan has been appointed by Accor as Senior Vice President of Operations for India and South Asia. His appointment took effect on August 1st, 2020, replacing Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer (COO) For India & South Asia, who left for retirement.
Mr. Dhawan has worked for Accor for more than 20 years. During that time, he has held important positions in nations like Australia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines. He supervised 35 hotels in six nations while serving as Vice President of Operations – Economy & Midscale Brands Accor Middle East, Dubai Regional Office.
He was assigned the role of General Manager Delegate in Bangalore in 2012. Under his direction, the Accor hotels opened Novotel and ibis Bengaluru Techpark, Accor’s first dual property in India, with more than 500 rooms, six restaurants, and bars, and more than 300 staff members.
IHD Award Event
On July 18, 2022, the International Hospitality Council (IHC) London celebrated International Hospitality Day once more with a renowned award ceremony. The Mumbai International Hospitality Day Awards were held as a celebration of those connected to the hospitality sector. Honors were given to those who have made significant contributions to the hospitality sector through grit, creativity, and ideas. This honor recognizes the labor and dedication of industry professionals who have given their all to reviving the sector following a two-year slump. The International Hospitality Day Awards in Mumbai, according to Dr. Suborno Bose, CEO and Convenor of the International Hospitality Council (IHC), “really reflect the bounce-back of the industry.”
The IHC Best Hospitality Professional Award was given to more than 100 young people in the hospitality industry who work in hotels and other industries. The organizations they work for choosing them based on merit and performance. The IHC Hospitality Leadership Awards were presented as part of a special awards program that recognized the major achievements of industry leaders and trend-setters. “We are here today to celebrate all of these legends’ and entrepreneurs’ fantastic and outstanding accomplishments. We must also express our gratitude to all the industry experts who have helped us during these trying times. We are paying tribute to the industry’s icons and businesspeople who are also its artists. We should be incredibly proud of our sector and its workforce “added IHC Chairman Prof. David Foskett, MBE.
Mr. Puneet Dhawan, in his acceptance address stated “I appreciate IIHM & IHC for this wonderful honour. Receiving this honour is truly humbling. It makes me happy to be a part of this wonderful celebration here because I believe it is crucial to recognise and appreciate our achievements. My advice to all the students is that you are actually in a beautiful field that offers you wonderful options, and that the only thing holding you back is your imagination.”
Why IIHM And How It Is Helpful For Your Career In Hotel Management
IIHM is one of the leading institutes of hotel management which is helpful for your career in hotel management. It offers a four-year full-time undergraduate program in hotel management. The institute has its own hospitality training division known as Hotel School, Kolkata. The institute provides various facilities like well-equipped classrooms, a computer lab, a library, and a canteen. It also has an on-campus accommodation facility for students. The institute offers various programs like BHM, BBA in Hospitality Management, Diploma in Culinary Arts, and Certificate Course in Food & Beverage Service. IIHM also offers placement assistance to its students. The average salary package offered to students ranges from 3-5 lakhs per annum.
The institutes have tie-ups with leading hospitality brands like Taj Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Lemon Tree Hotels, etc. Students can easily get placed in good positions after completion of their course from IIHM.
IIHM eCHAT Test is the first step towards a great career in the hospitality industry. The test is an online assessment of English language, Aptitude & Critical Thinking skills. It is a 2-hour exam for which candidates need to register online on the official website of IIHM. The test has been designed to assess the skills required for admission to the Undergraduate and Integrated Programs of IIHM. Candidates who qualify for the eCHAT Test will be shortlisted for the next round of selection, which is the WAT (Personal Interview & Writing Ability Test). The final selection will be based on the candidate’s performance in all the rounds of selection. So, if you’re looking to start your career in hospitality, then the IIHM eCHAT Test is the first step you need to take.
IIHM congratulates Mr. Dhawan on his new appointment and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors. With Puneet’s rich experience in the hospitality industry, we are confident that he will lead Accor India and South Asia to greater heights.