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Mr. Modak

Ashish Modak

General Manager, LUX* Belle Mare

Ashish Modak is the General Manager of LUX* Belle Mare, the flagship resort of LUX* Resorts & Hotels and is based in Mauritius. The group operates contemporary luxury resorts in the Indian Ocean where it has 8 properties and 2 resorts in China. The group is also launching its first resort in the UAE and is on a steady expansion plan in several new destinations.

Mr. Modak's profile includes operational excellence of over 20 years in Food & Beverage, Rooms Division and allied areas in some of the finest hotels in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa including experience in pre-openings and complete refurbishments of hotels with reputed hotel chains like Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces and Six Senses Resorts & Spas prior to joining LUX* Resorts & Hotels.

In his current assignment, Mr. Modak has been instrumental in converting a 186 suite beach front resort in to a leading trendy offering boasting of some of the finest restaurants, a luxurious spa and one of the best service experiences in this part of the world. The resort has shown a steady upward trend on Trip Advisor from being on the 35th position in 2011 to being ranked 1st amongst 181 resorts in Mauritius in 2017.

Having successfully launched Cafe LUX*, the Indian Ocean's first home roasted coffee experience at LUX* Belle Mare in 2011, Mr. Modak was also involved in the opening of LUX* Resorts & Hotels 2 franchise cafes.

Please visit http://www.luxresorts.com/en/hotel-mauritius/luxbellemare for more information.

Mr. Modak can be contacted at +230 402-2000 or ashish.modak@luxbellemare.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.