What’s Cool In The Caribbean #3 – Arjun Channa
Welcome to What’s Cool In The Caribbean Episode 3, with guest Arjun Channa.
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Arjun is the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton St Thomas since August 2020.
Arjun has close to 30 years of hospitality industry experience, 24 of which completed with Starwood/Marriott this past December 2020, bringing a wealth of international expertise globetrotting around the world in 11 different countries. He has held various roles in Algeria, UAE, Jordan, Beijing, Kenya, China and the list goes on! Arjun held his first General Manager role in 2008 at the Le Meridian Port Vila Resort and Casino in Vanuatu. From there he was promoted to GM at the Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa in India. He then took on several Task Force General Manager roles. From 2013 to 2015, he held the position of Hotel Manager at Sheraton Centre Toronto, Starwood’s flagship hotel in the Canadian market than moved West to Calgary, end 2015 to be been appointed as General Manager of The Westin Calgary Hotel. Arjun has diploma in Hotel Management from International Hotel and Training Institutes in Neuchatel, Switzerland. He is fluent in French, Italian, Hindi and conversational in German & Mandarin.
With his spirit to ‘give back’, he sits on many boards in the city including the Calgary Hotel Association, SAIT Advisory Board, Global Chamber and part of the SKAL network. For Marriott International, he is part of America’s Leadership Advisory Council & also the Diversity and Inclusion Champion for West Canada.
Arjun’s a proud husband to his Sicilian wife of 25 years and father to his 4 children, one of them being a 3 year old Husky. During his free time Arjun mentors, enjoys public speaking, reading books, celebrates giving back to community but more importantly he loves to spend time with his family; travelling our world and discovering amazing people is embedded in his ‘being’.