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Vijay’ Krishnan, GM, Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club

What was your childhood passion?  Did you ever dream of becoming a CEO?

From my youth, I always wanted to be a luxury design hotel or resort operations and marketing executive. And yes, I did have a dream to become a Chief Executive Officer of a great hotel company such as Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club.

What is your background in terms of experience and education?

I hold a degree in Hotel Management from Mangalore University, India, with 22 years of experience in the hotel industry. I have attended Management Development Programmes under Cornell University, UK, on Managing Strategic Growth and Leadership in emerging markets and hotels. I have also trained in resort opening — both soft and grand— from Ecole’Hoteliere deLaussane, Switzerland.

What inspired you to contemplate a  UK Royal Wedding Watch Party recently?

The whole concept was derived to showcase Windsor as the premier romantic wedding destination. We sought to demonstrate to the world that we at Windsor can undertake such great weddings, events, conventions and also be disruptively innovative.

What challenges did you face in planning and was the event successive?

Yes, it was a successful affair and we felt we were in our comfort zone planning this occasion with precision in and around the Royal Wedding Event. Our event was so unique that we were trending on international media along with global brands of hotels. (#royalweddingke).  I would like to thank all our partners, Samantha Bridals, Soames Hotel & Jack’s Bar, Moet Chandon and DSTV.

What sets Windsor apart from all other wedding destinations in Nairobi?

Windsor is an 18-hole championship golf course that can curate a world-class wedding, event, and convention center. We have the capacity and infrastructure backed by 24 creative spaces spread over 200 acres.

What do you think should change for wedding destinations?

We need to include weddings and celebrations for the destination as part of the mice (meetings, incentives, conventions, and events) that Kenya advertises globally to promote tourism. 

How do you balance work and family?

I am extremely conscious of my work-life balance. I ensure that I spend time with my family during weekends. We often go out in the city to explore various culinary venues. My wife and I also ensure that we spend one meal with our children every day. This helps us relax and enjoy our time in Nairobi.

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