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In Conversation with Mukesh Gothwal

Originating from a small village of Rajasthan, his professional journey is nothing less than an adventure for Mukesh Gothwal, Multi Property Manager Airport Services & Concierge. Currently based in Jaipur, the heart of Rajasthan, Mukesh started his career with the Oberoi Group in 2008. With an indomitable spirit to grow in the hospitality and service industry, he then joined Jaipur Marriott in August 2011 as an airport representative. From there, with his sheer will and hard work he ascended the stairs of success and became the Multi Property Assistant Manager, Airport Services & Concierge in the year 2018. In the Jaipur Marriott, he is in charge of concierge and provides exceptional service to guests. Mukesh is an active member of prestigious Les Clef d’Or and bears the Golden Keys on his lapel.

Lobby-Jaipur Marriott Hotel

The Les Clef d’Or is an international association, where extra ordinary services are provided to guests with a motto of ‘service through friendship’. Mukesh is fond of bike riding and loves to go for long rides on his Royal Enfield. He is a polished artisan and showcases his talent through the creation of fine woodcraft.

How has the pandemic changed the way you work?

The pandemic has brought a wide paradigm shift in the way we work. With time, we have become more flexible towards the nature of our work. With Covid safety protocols becoming the new normal, it is always on my mind to provide exceptional services to our guests while maintaining proper hygiene. Along with it, the need of the hour is the emotional well-being of my team which has now become my utmost priority.

poolside-Jaipur Marriott Hotel

What are the most memorable responses to your work so far?

As a professional in the hospitality industry, we have always provided extended services to our guests and the responses received for it have always been memorable. This enables us to further elevate our services and provide warm hospitality to our guests like always.

To name one of my most memorable responses, it was when I received an appreciation from a guest after I found and handed over his lost passport. When I was informed that the guest had lost his passport, I helped him to retrieve it within the next 3-4 hours. The guest was overwhelmed with happiness and appreciated my efforts.

Was a career in hospitality/airport management something you always dreamt of?  What is your advice to aspiring airport managers? 

Hospitality industry has been my dream since childhood. Being born and brought up in Rajasthan, the essence of ‘Padharo mahare des’ has been inculcated within me. Rajasthan’s rich culture and tradition of hospitality encouraged me to contribute to this industry. Being an airport manager, I am the first point of contact and a representative of Marriott Hotels & Resorts Jaipur, to my guests which is an honor to me. The opportunity to meet and interact with people from diverse backgrounds and businesses is what i look forward to day after day. For all aspiring airport managers, I would advise them to keep guests’ satisfaction as paramount. With a mindset to serve our guests, we will never go out of style.

Jaipur Airport

At work, which is your most challenging activity?

During COVID times, it became quite challenging for us to assist our guests, in accordance with the airport security protocols. As an airport manager, I have made this a part of my duty to overcome these day-to-day challenges and provide the best possible services to our esteemed guests, while taking all the safety measures.

What are the attributes of an efficient airport manager?

For me, guests are my family and I always aspire to exceed their expectations while on duty. According to me, an efficient airport manager is an amalgamation of the following:

Communication Skills: Effective communication plays a vital role to develop relationships with our guests and to manage the critical situations. Clear and concise communication is an essential skill for an airport manager to serve their guests with the best services.

People connect: The ability to connect with people at their mental level is something which is indispensable for me as an airport manager. To be able to understand and anticipate their service requirements along with delivering them on time is an integral part of our business.

Liaison with the key stakeholders: This is important for us to make our functionality smooth. During our service hours, we encounter several situations where we would have to rely on people from different dimensions to help serve our guests. An effective liaison makes it possible for us to go beyond the horizon and provide efficient services in no time.

Time Management: Punctuality and effective time management is non-negotiable to me personally. From picking up guests on time from airport to anticipating and delivering their needs, I believe for an efficient service, time management plays a key attribute.

Mukesh Gothwal

2020 was a challenging year for the hospitality industry. In your opinion, how will travel trends change in the 2nd half of 2021? 

The pandemic has changed people’s approach towards traveling. With the world adjusting to the new normal, people will and have become vigilant in taking initiatives to curb the spread of COVID-19 while traveling such as taking all the safety measures including hygiene management and social distancing. According to me, we could see a trend where people will embark on more experiential staycations which would further increase possibilities for the hospitality industry.

When are you happiest?

I am a family man. Being a cordial person, I consider my work as my family. Whenever I am achieving my service goals, I feel the happiest. Apart from this, time with family is something I always look forward to.

Lounge-Jaipur Marriott Hotel

Which is your favorite Indian city?

The Pink City, Jaipur is my favourite Indian city. Being from Jaipur, I had started helping tourists as a tour guide during my scholar life. Since then I find myself inspired with the rich cultural heritage and grandeur of Jaipur. Pink city is not only my home but is my dream city as well.

Where do you see yourself after 5 years in terms of your career?

I believe to grow in life, one has to expand their horizons and for that very reason diversifying my current portfolio is what I am interested in. In the next few years of my professional career with Marriott International, I see myself taking on challenging and exciting roles and expanding my portfolio to imbibe all the Rajasthan Marriott hotels into it. In the coming future, I aspire to represent Rajasthan Marriott Hotels at an international level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. Ramjilal Choudhary

    Mr. Mukesh Gothwal is a very honesty , hard working , cool & tolerant person.
    Love you Mukesh.

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    • Gajraj Rathore

      Thank you Mr.Mukesh Gotwal Hotealer for your hard work and dedication to the work. You’re truly a man of work and art.
      Best wishes

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    • Hitesh

      Mr. Mukesh is a very honesty, hardworking and helpful person.my best whises always with you for your Bright future.

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    • Farooq Khan

      Mr. Mukesh is a great personality, very honest, humble, polite, very down to earth, very hardworking, very punctual very friendly nature, a family man, his one smile keeps guests happy, since long time I know him very well and happy to work with him…CONGRATULATIONS Mukesh ji..
      You know very well and always say: SUCCESS IS A JOURNEY NOT THE DESTINATION…

      ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR BRIGHT FUTURE…

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  2. Pandhi D. Bhutia

    One of the Strong pillar of the Jaipur Marriott.
    I never have listened a word “NO” from him for assisting guests without any hesitation. He never miss a chance to make a first impression to get a second chance.
    Great mentor 👏👍👌

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  3. SOHAN SINGH

    Mr. Mukesh Gothwal is very nice person his smile is very sweet and he is very hard working about his job and responsibility.
    best wishes for bright furture.

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  4. Rajiv Jhurani

    An amazing personality, humble and down to earth. His whole charisma lies in the “never say no attitude” of his. He has been instrumental to myself in many ways with all jobs accomplished with finesse……!!!
    Good Luck and keep shining…!!

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    • Mukesh Gothwal

      Thank you sir for your valuable comments

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  5. Pankaj Sain

    Such a great leader and trainer of our Concierge. I am hapy to work with you.. Thank you sir

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  6. Harsh Sachdeva

    Mr Mukesh Gothwal is very down to earth and have nice personality, very hard worker and always ready to help, all the best for your future

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  7. Pushp kumar

    Best mentor and I am happy to work with you sir…

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  8. Sourabh patel

    He is the best person as well as a good teacher.

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  9. Sanjay singh

    I have known Mukesh Gotwal since last 10 years, he is a wonderful person, I have worked with him for four years, he has supported me a lot.Got to learn a lot from you in this life and ProfessionallyI hope you have a happy and bright future
    Thanku
    Sanjay singh

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  10. Yashvardhan

    Best mentor and we’ll deserved person congratulations sir

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    • Minakshi Rathore

      He inspires many of us who are part this industry and aspires to grow. Thankyou Mukesh Sir for teaching us the basics of what hospitality really is, One can never forget your thoughtfulness be it a guest or the people who work with you.

      You deserves the world and I am very certain that you will achieve evrything you want with this dedication, enthusiasm and PRIDE which you carry on both of your shoulders in a form of those two golden keys.
      All the my best wishes are with you👍🏼

      YOU ARE OUR SUPERSTAR✨ AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ONE✌🏼

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  11. Vidisha Garg

    You are the best Mukesh ji. You deserve the heights and I am sure you will achieve it in coming future, the way you are always on your toes and work hard no matter what the situation is. You have been the best colleague I have ever worked with. Lots of best wishes for your future.

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  12. Anil Singh Rawat

    The way you look at your life, I’m very impressed with it. You have achieved a lot at a very young age and it is all result of your hardwork and persistence. And I’ve been very fortunate to have good people like you in my life.

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  13. Muzahid Gulrez

    He is very professional to his work , very supportive, happy to work under him,

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  14. Kashi Ram

    He is a loving person and very good human being.

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  15. Sunil Kumar Jangid

    This is a great achievement for you, as well for our.you have shown us how to finish a tough task a very smoothly.we have many to learn from you.
    That’s success journey.
    That’s are remarkble and memorable.
    Well done!

    Good job 👌👍

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