Published on : Thursday, September 15, 2016
TJ Joulak, a.k.a. TJ, has recently been appointed as the General Manager for W Goa, located on Vagator beach, the new, chic destination in Goa. TJ is one of the coolest General Managers and has been adding excitement and oomph to W hotels across the World since 2002.
He is now sharing his passion with his team to bring alive the whatever/whenever philosophy and deliver unconventional experiences to guests at India’s first ever W Hotel in Goa.
TJ began his journey with Starwood in 2002 after opening the Iberostar, in Hammamet in Tunisia. Since then, he has worked with some hero Starwood hotels, by opening 4 hotels over the past 15 years, naming Sheraton Hotel & Towers Tunis, W Doha in Qatar, W Istanbul in Turkey, and W Bali in Indonesia, then recently running the W Taipei since 2014. He has also worked with the world famous Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Athens, Greece.
On his appointment as the General Manager, TJ said, “my journey in Starwood has been a dream come true. Since integrating W Hotels in 2006, I realised how blessed I am to work for the best and most exciting Brand in the world. It’s in my DNA. Moreover, I’m thrilled to be opening the first W in India and eager to WOW our world class clients and with my Team, deliver an experience they have never had before. I’m already in love with the Indian cultures and this vibrant city and I look forward to making it a must-do global travel destination through this landmark launch.”
In TJ’s new role, he will be in charge of overseeing W Goa’s strategy and daily operations. Following his motto “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others,” TJ will not only provide a combination of professional advice and administrative support to both business and leisure guests, but will also motivate the talents of W Goa.
TJ’s educational background includes a Higher National Diploma in Hotel Business Management from University College Birmingham, UK. He also acquired a Degree (BA HONS) in International Marketing and Economics and completed his MBA in Economics and Finance in Hospitality from the same University. During his stints with Starwood, he got a chance to do several courses from Cornell University.
In addition to his strong academic background, TJ’s secret to success comes from a lot of inspiration and influence received from his family. “My father was a Banker and Chairman of hotels, so everything needed to be well planned, concessive, detailed and had to make sense. My mother is British, so I received the gentlemen behavior.”