The Way I Travel – Vijay Gollarahalli

Vice President Operations & Director of Development, Le Meridien BangaloreVijay Gollarahalli – 

Vijay Gollarahalli has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Le Meridien Bangalore, he was the Regional Director of Operations for the Hersha Group’s South East United States Hotels, comprising Hilton hotels and Holiday Inns. Three of his hotels in the United States were awarded Gold Medals for operational excellence. He has also served as the Director of Operations for Imperial Hotels in Africa.

How frequently do you travel?
I travel on an average of about four times a month.

Which is your favourite business destination?
Dubai, as it has great infrastructure, making travel within the city very easy. I pick Guangzhou in China as well.

Your favourite airlines?
Emirates, for its service. They believe in personalised attention. Lufthansa has a great frequent flyer program.

Your favourite hotel?
I always stay at a Starwood hotel, but I like the Hilton hotels as well. Among the Starwood brands, I like the Le Meridiens, Westins and Sheratons.

What do you always carry in your baggage?
My Blackberry and laptop.

What do you not like about business travel?
I really dislike red-eye flights! But sometimes, I’m on such a tight schedule, I can’t avoid them.

Any tips for business travellers?
Always ask for Fast Track Immigration Cards. They save one the trouble of standing in endless lines.

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