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Mr. Rajakarier joined Minor Hotels in March 2007 as Chief Finance & Investment Officer and then took over the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2008. In September 2011 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. During his time with the Minor Hotels he has seen its core Anantara brand grow from just a handful of properties to become a leading operator and developer of luxury hotels, resorts and spas.
Prior to joining Minor Hotels, Mr. Rajakarier held the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer for OrientExpress Hotels, Trains & Cruises. Here he was a key member of the acquisitions team which completed the purchase of trophy assets including Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons (UK), La Residencia (Spain), Maroma Resort & Spa (Mexico), Hotel Ritz (Spain), Grand Hotel Europe (Russia), and Pansa Hotel Group (Asia). The company, born in Pattaya in 1978, currently operates 8 brands.
Mr. Rajakarier is tasked with growing Minor Hotels’ portfolio and expanding the group’s home grown brands of Anantara and AVANI, in addition to continued strategic acquisitions across the group’s growing footprint.
The Hospitality Awards® have received close to 3,000 applications and awarded more than 250 initiatives. This global competition attracts more than 750 international experts who come together to celebrate achievers and to discuss promising trends in the world of hospitality.
After Simon Vincent, Executive Vice president and president of EMEA Hilton in 2022, Satya Anand, President EMEA Marriott International in 2021 or Kenneth Macpherson, CEO, EMEAA, IHG Hotels and Resort in 2019, and many other hospitality leaders before, we are very pleased to welcome Dillip Rajakarier in Paris on November 9th for the award ceremony.