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Radisson names Nikhil Sharma MD & ASVP, South Asia


Radisson Hotel Group announces the appointment of Nikhil Sharma as the Managing Director and Area Senior Vice President (ASVP) for South Asia, effective April 1, 2024.

In his new capacity, Nikhil Sharma will spearhead Radisson Hotel Group’s operations in the dynamic South Asia region, home to over 165 hotels in operation and development. With a wealth of experience, he will play a crucial role in fortifying the Group’s leadership in the Indian market, fostering relationships with valued partners, driving revenue growth, and ensuring operational excellence. Nikhil will also champion the Group’s vision of becoming an employer of choice for dynamic talent in the hospitality industry.

Nikhil joins Radisson Hotel Group from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (WHR), where he held the position of Market Managing Director Eurasia, overseeing Business Development, Operations, New Openings, and Sales & Marketing. Prior to his tenure at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Ginger Hotels, a prominent brand under the IHCL conglomerate. Additionally, Nikhil was a founding member of the Lemon Tree Hotel Company and made significant contributions to the growth of India’s upscale hotel segment.

“Nikhil’s appointment underscores our dedication to strengthening our leadership team and driving strategic growth in South Asia. This region is pivotal for us, and with Nikhil’s strategic acumen and profound industry insights, we are confident in our ability to enhance our presence and deliver exceptional experiences to our guests,” remarked Chema Basterrechea, Global President & COO, Radisson Hotel Group.

“In the last 25 years, Radisson Hotel Group has become synonymous with unparalleled hospitality, offering unforgettable experiences to millions of guests. Leveraging the collective efforts of our teams, we have gained a first-mover advantage, expanding our footprint in unique markets. We are delighted to welcome a dynamic leader like Nikhil to guide us forward in this journey and wish him success in leading Radisson Hotel Group’s next phase of growth in South Asia,” added K.B. Kachru, Chairman, South Asia at Radisson Hotel Group.

“I am excited to join Radisson Hotel Group and lead South Asia during this exciting phase of growth. With a diverse portfolio of brands and properties, the Group is poised to be the top choice for travelers and asset owners alike. I am grateful for this opportunity to drive innovation, achieve exceptional results, and elevate the brand while creating value for our stakeholders,” expressed Nikhil Sharma, Managing Director and Area Senior Vice President (ASVP), South Asia at Radisson Hotel Group.

Nikhil is actively involved in the hospitality sector in India, serving on committees for various federations, associations, and industry bodies that drive transformative decisions within the industry. He is also a published author and a regular contributor to leading hospitality publications.

Radisson Hotel Group maintains a prominent presence in the Indian market and stands as one of the country’s largest international hotel operators with over 165 hotels in operation and development. It remains the largest hotel operator in tier-1 markets like Delhi NCR, while over 50% of its portfolio is in tier-2 and 3 markets, where it has benefited from being a pioneer. With hotels spanning across 70+ locations in India, there is a Radisson Hotel Group property within every 4 hours of drivable distance across the country, operating under brands such as Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn & Suites by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, and Radisson Individuals, including its extension Radisson Individuals Retreats. Additionally, the Group is set to unveil the first hotel under its lifestyle luxury brand Radisson Collection in the near future.

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