Hospitality News: Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila Welcome New General Manager

The InterContinental Hotels Group is proud to welcome the new General Manager of Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria—Australian national Gaurav Rai. GR, as he likes to be called, boasts of a 23-year experience in the hospitality industry, and specializes in Human Resources and Revenue Management. With his appointment, the two hotel properties in Ortigas shall see more improvements as they continue to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of hospitality.

We met GR over a sumptuous lunch at the Seven Corners Restaurant in Crowne Plaza, the hotel’s all-day dining outlet. He gave a short talk about the hotel’s future plans, and talked a bit about his background. Having worked with international hotel brands in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, GR’s approach on leadership is one that encourages close involvement with his team. “I like engaging with my team, with the community, to help in creating a place for guests to enjoy, relax, stay, and eat great food”, he shares. “Our focus is to keep clients and patrons aware of the uniqueness of Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands as ideal destinations for leisure and business. On the same manner, we would like both hotels to be known as great places to work and an employer who encourages employees to be themselves.”

GR also confesses to be huge foodie, and to being a fan of Filipino food. He believes that our local cuisine is the world’s biggest secret, yet to be unearthed. For sure, he enjoys the Filipino selections at Seven Corners. I, on the other hand, especially loved the buffet’s Indian section—the lamb biryani, amritsari murgh makhani  (chicken in masala gravy, fresh cream, tomatoes, spices), fish tikka, and dal were exquisite! The Japanese section has unagi sushi (yay!!!!), and there are steaks and a wide selection of seafood offered for lunch (other hotels only have these selections for dinner). For dessert, you have to try their homemade gelato—the best in town.

All the best to Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Manila!

Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
1100 Ortigas Avenue cor. Asian Development Bank Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City

Holiday Inn Manila Galleria
One Asian Development Bank Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

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