Taj Cape Town welcomes new GM, Sanjay Sood
Six years after its launch in March 2010 under the helm of general manager Michael Pownall, Taj Cape Town is heralding a new era with the appointment of Sanjay Sood as general manager. His appointment to this now iconic inner-city hotel follows the resignation of Pownall who is stepping down from Taj Hotels to join an exciting local hospitality management company in Cape Town (PMR Hospitality Partners).
“I believe that Taj Cape Town is now firmly positioned as Cape Town’s inner city Luxury Hotel of choice and has become a favourite destination for both local and international travellers. The amazing Taj Cape Town team and I have worked tirelessly to firmly establish and grow a strong reputation for this new luxury hotel in the last six years and following a record season in 2015/16, I feel it is time to pass on the baton for a further strong growth phase in the very capable and experienced hands of Taj veteran Sanjay Sood” says outgoing GM, Michael Pownall.
Sanjay Sood, a Hotel School graduate from Kolkata in India joined the Taj Group of Hotels in 1986. A seasoned hotelier, he attended the Hotel School at The Hague, Netherlands in 2000 as well as the Taj Senior Management Programme conducted by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 2006.
With over three decades of hotel experience, 13 years of which in GM roles, Sood has a proven background of improving operational turnaround in various Taj Hotels. His experience within the group include key positions like General Manager of Taj Banjara, Hyderabad, Taj Club House, Chennai, Taj West End, Bengaluru in India and Taj Pamodzi in Lusaka, Zambia.
“My appointment at Taj Cape Town began in April, 2016 and I honestly feel blessed to be a part of the Taj Cape Town family. I’m very grateful for the leadership of our outgoing general manager and look forward to building on the solid foundations he has put in place. Taj Cape Town has a great team of experienced hospitality professionals and we will continue to provide the best of hospitality to our guests. I look forward to contributing towards the development of the tourism sector in one of the most rapidly developing tourist destinations of the world” says Sood.
“In 2010 the vast majority of all visitors would have expressed a preference to stay within the V&A Waterfront, but today Cape Town’s inner-city has established itself to be an excellent and desirable option, squarely on the tourism map.
It offers authentic experiences in the oldest most historic part of Cape Town – it offers world-class museums and attractions, theatres, fashionable bars and cafes, award winning restaurants, food markets and excellent retail shopping all on the doorstep of Taj Cape Town. Under its new leadership, we believe Taj Cape Town will only grow from strength to strength” says Willie Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing.