Hotelivate is a new-age hospitality consulting firm offering specialized services to clients across the Asia Pacific region. Founded by the erstwhile team of HVS India, Hotelivate, offers a comprehensive consulting environment through a diverse team of consultants that have a combined professional experience of 250 years across varied hospitality verticals. The firm presently has offices in Delhi and Mumbai, with Singapore and Jakarta opening shortly.
The founding partners of Hotelivate are reputed hospitality business consultants, who have advised, assisted and nurtured thousands of clients for more than two decades in South Asia.
Through its focused, empathetic and innovative approach, Hotelivate serves a wide range of industry stakeholders across all phases of hospitality lifecycle consulting, thereby eliminating the need for several different advisors. Core services of the firm include: Strategic Advisory (Feasibility Studies, Valuations, Management Contract Negotiation), Executive Search, Professional Skills Development, Investment Advisory, Asset Management, Revenue Management and Project Execution Planning and Advisory.
Manav Thadani, MRICS
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A serial entrepreneur, trusted advisor, foodie, phillumenist, and a passionate hotelier, Manav brought HVS to South Asia in 1997. In a market that hadn’t yet recognized the need for professional consulting expertise, Manav grew HVS South Asia into a formidable consulting, valuation, and executive search firm before launching the now-highly acclaimed Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA) in 2005. With an ever-growing passion to provide solutions to the hospitality sector, he set up HOSI, THINC Indonesia & Sri Lanka conferences, a professional skills development vertical, and most recently HVS Investment Advisory Services. As co-founder of SAMHI, India’s most sought-after Hotel Investment Company, Manav forayed into the world of hotel ownership on behalf of foreign institutional capital a few years ago. Hotelivate is the next step in his vision to provide end-to-end solutions to the hospitality sector with an eye on curating customised results that can assist hotel industry stakeholders throughout the life-cycle of a hotel. Manav’s passion for the hotel business coupled with his inimitable style of speaking his mind, while constantly innovating in the space of hotel consulting has earned him a reputation that is highly valued by his clients and colleagues.
Partner & Co-Founder
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A graduate of École hôtelière de Lausanne, Megha chose HVS South Asia as the starting point in her career – one that has been witness to an enriching and diverse set of experiences. Megha grew through the ranks at HVS quickly and was the youngest Associate Director of Consulting & Valuation before launching a food tech company focused on Indian food. As founder, she set out to provide an experience that captured the essence of the various culinary experiences that have been an integral part of the gastronomic history of India. As the business reached a stable operating state, Megha decided that it was time to move on in search of her next challenge. As Co-founder of Hotelivate, Megha is responsible for the overall planning and execution of business and ensuring the ongoing growth strategy of the firm. Her drive to create well-thought-out and structured solutions and her unique ability to craft business ideas for all things hospitality makes Megha a highly sought-after industry person.
Achin Khanna, MRICS
Managing Partner | Strategic Advisory
Achin Khanna, Managing Partner at Hotelivate heads the firm’s Strategic Advisory practice. His experience in the consulting field encompasses economic feasibility analyses, asset & large portfolio valuations, operator searches & management contract negotiations, master planning & strategic consulting assignments, both in India and internationally. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has served over a decade with HVS South Asia. Earlier on, Achin spent 10-years in the United States with brands like Hilton, Wyndham & Homestead Studio Suites. Gaining valuable experience across professional roles ranging from hotel operations & revenue management to franchise relations and business development, he understands the hotel business from a holistic perspective. His keen interest in language & literature is amply visible in his inimitable style of writing for & speaking across industry platforms.
Saurabh Gupta, MRICS
Managing Partner | Investment Advisory
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Saurabh Gupta is Managing Partner with Hotelivate, leading the Investment Advisory practice for the firm. His experience in the hotel industry is multifaceted, having performed diverse roles ranging from hotel business development, strategic planning, and market assessments to hotel operations, contract negotiations, asset management, and transaction advisory. Saurabh’s two decades of experience with companies such as the Taj Group, Premier Inn, Accor Hotels, and HVS enables him to bring to the table a blend of macro and micro perspectives. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is an author of numerous hospitality industry-focused articles. Additionally, Saurabh’s affinity for culinary delights is at par with his enthusiasm for fitness; a dichotomy he loves to balance every day!
Akhil Arora, CHA
Managing Director | Asset Management
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Akhil has been part of the Hospitality Industry for 19 years and stands privileged to have gained multi-disciplinary experience amongst India’s leading Luxury and Business hotels namely with The Oberoi Group, The Leela Palaces & Resorts, The Imperial New Delhi, Marriott International, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. A passionate hotelier with an unwavering belief in delivering nothing but the finest, the determination to combine high-quality service/experiences with business excellence has always been a salient focus. He has also worked in hotel properties where change management was the need of the hour and has led large operational teams through varied challenges to successfully achieve their results.
In 2017, Akhil chose to proceed off the beaten path and joined the Asset Management division at Hotelivate. In these four years, Hotelivate Asset Management has been credited with the successful turnaround of multiple under-performing hotels into performing ones. In addition, Business Strategy solutions through data analytics and Guest Experience enhancement through service quality assessments have been provided to several leading hotels in the country.
Managing Director| Indonesia
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Satria Wei has over 30 years of experience in various establishments of hospitality services in Indonesia and overseas and has proven his expertise in managing hotels under many prestigious worldwide hotel companies. He started his career with the luxurious Aman Resorts International in Bali and laddering up promptly into some key positions in 5-star International Chain Hotels, Condominium & Serviced Apartments, and prestigious Golf & Country Clubs in Indonesia and China for solid brands such as Melia Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels, IHG, Hainan Airlines Group, Rainwood Pine Valley Private Golf Resort, Ciputra Group, Jababeka Group, Maya Resorts Indonesia and PHM Hospitality, a subsidiary company of the biggest integrated tourism company in South East Asia – Panorama Group. His last post as a Director and COO of MNC Land Bali, a subsidiary company of the biggest media company in Indonesia called MNC Group provided asset management and operation assistance towards some prestigious integrated resort projects such as Trump Resort Lido, Trump Resort Bali, and Park Hyatt Jakarta.
Managing Director| Singapore
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Puneet comes with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in various hotel and corporate level roles in Marketing, Revenue Management, and Distribution for chains such as the Four Seasons and Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces Safaris. Puneet is also involved in various industry-wide initiatives. He serves as the Asia Pacific Chair to the HSMAI Revenue Management Advisory Board and has successfully completed 2 terms as the Asia Pacific Chair on the Board of Directors of Hotel Electronic Distribution Networking Association (HEDNA). Puneet also served as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World International Rooms, Revenue Management, and Distribution Advisory Board. Additionally, Puneet has personal investments in several successful Restaurant and Bar projects in Singapore that have established themselves among the most successful brands and gives him first-hand insight as a quintessential entrepreneur.
Managing Director| MENA
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Rishi Kapoor is a seasoned hotelier with over 25 years of global experience in business strategy, asset management, hotel and integrated real estate developments, rebranding and repositioning hospitality projects, sales and marketing, and hotel operations. Prior to joining Hotelivate, Rishi was the Senior Vice President of International Development for MGM Hospitality, a division of MGM Resorts International. He was responsible for the strategic advice to the MGM Corporate Leadership on global non-gaming hotel and integrated destination developments across Europe, MENA, and Asia. He developed and implemented MGM Hospitality’s vision to establish, through management contracts and strategic joint ventures, a portfolio of luxury hotels and complex integrated entertainment, wellness, commercial and residential projects.
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