— GAMECHANGER — REBEL
DON'T PROCRASTINATE, BE PATIENT,
ALWAYS BE POSITIVE.
WE WERE BEING CALLED A DISRUPTOR
IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY.
GIRISH.J IS THE CEO TO HAVE ON YOUR RADAR AS
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE AND
WHAT HE’LL COME UP WITH NEXT.
THE MOULD-BREAKER 1/3
A self-proclaimed black sheep, I have a penchant for challenging the norm and pushing boundaries. I would always rather try and fail than not try at all! I like to think that my passion for music, art and creativity can be seen and felt throughout the Ovolo experience.
TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY 2/3
THE STORY GOES…
I am proudly Hong Kong born and raised, but I started my career outside of hospitality in my father’s watchmaking business. In reaction to the changing times, I made the difficult decision to close that business and pursue one of my lifelong dreams of starting my own hotel business. I purchased my first hotel in 2002, and now we’ve expanded to 10 hotels across Hong Kong and Australia, with more on the horizon – it’s only up from here!
FREDDY MERCURY, NEGRONI & NEON SIGNS 3/3
A MAN INSPIRED
Growing up in the 1980s, I was truly inspired by rock legends of the time - and no one more so than David Bowie. I admired not only his music but also his continuous self-reinvention as an artist, his ability to adapt to the times and take his fans on that journey with him. I’m also a Negroni enthusiast and a neon sign aficionado, but most of all I like to have fun and enjoy life – and encourage everyone around me to do the same!
THE HOT TOPICS 1/3
DO IT YOUR WAY
Why walk anyone’s path but your own? I know as well as anyone that journey to becoming a self-made entrepreneur is filled with challenges and moments of doubt. It takes bravery and perseverance. Along the way, I learned to stay on my path – even when my vision was questioned. I enjoy sharing my story with other budding entrepreneurs and hoteliers, as I know how important it is to have someone as a sounding board in those early years.
THE HOT TOPICS 2/3
How can leaders increase creativity as their business grows? Don’t let your innovation flatline. Innovation, creativity and growth are three topics I have prioritised throughout my career. I’m always willing to share how I maintain my own creative eye and inspire my teams to think with an innovative growth mindset, exceed customer expectations and challenge the status quo. When everyone else is looking to zig, I like to zag!
THE HOT TOPICS 3/3
STAYING NIMBLE AND AGILE
What does the hotel industry of tomorrow look like? I try to stay ahead of the pack. I say what I think, I back my instincts and I trust my gut when it comes to decision making. I’ve got a lot to say about the future of hospitality – the changes in customer expectations, the outlook of modern travel, and innovations that will transform the hotel industry in the next 10-20 years.
10 April 2020
Ovolo gets the tools ready for recovery | Travel WeeklyREAD MORE
07 April 2020
How Ovolo is adapting in tough times to continue its unique hotel experience | Travel WeeklyREAD MORE
06 April 2020
String of Crises Puts Asian Hotelier Ovolo’s Brand of Creativity to Test | SkiftREAD MORE
31 March 2020
How Ovolo is bringing the customer experience forward in the wake of COVID-19 | The Hotel ConversationREAD MORE
27 March 2020
‘It’s right on the street where I live’ | China Daily HKREAD MORE
16 February 2020
Hong Kong hotel operator says industry has been hit ‘back to back’ by coronavirus outbreak, protests | CNBCREAD MORE
31 October 2019
How protests pushed Hong Kong to the recession brink | BBCREAD MORE
25 October 2019
Tourism sector reels as months of protests, disruptions leave travellers saying: No, thanks | SCMPREAD MORE
24 October 2019
The heroes of travel 2019 named: The inspiring people behind your holidays | TravellerREAD MORE
23 September 2019
OVOLO GROUP’S FOUNDER AND CEO HAS CALLED ON THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR ASSISTANCE FOR THE LOCAL HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY | Travel WeeklyREAD MORE
26 August 2019
Ovolo Hotels rocking new bathroom amenities range | Hotel ManagementREAD MORE
20 August 2019
Inclusion in Article on Tourism, economy taking a hit in Hong Kong | ABC AUREAD MORE
15 August 2019
Inclusion in Article on Hong Kong billionaire tycoons call for end to protests | ABC AUREAD MORE
26 June 2019
Ovolo 1888 have just launched a pop-up in their lavish penthouse suite | Nine TravelREAD MORE
09 May 2019
Ovolo Hotels puts the ‘free’ back in freedom | Ad News AUREAD MORE
10 January 2019
Inclusion in article on lifestyle hotels | Financial ReviewREAD MORE
11 November 2018
Life After Wristwatches: Two Brothers Run Rival Hotel Chains Under the Same Corporate Umbrella | ForbesREAD MORE
18 September 2018
Disruption through Design: How Girish Jhunjhnuwala’s Ovolo is Reinventing the Hotel Experience | EntrepreneurREAD MORE
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