Harish Kumar Bhatt
Head – Sales & Marketing, The Soaltee Kathmandu
Harish Kumar Bhatt is a passionate hospitality professional working as the Head of Sales and Marketing at The Soaltee Kathmandu. Bhatt completed his Bachelor’s in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition in Kolkata, India.
Bhatt says, “During my career at different levels, I have had exposure in different operational departments of the hotel and currently I am heading the Sales and Marketing department for the evolving hotel chain.”
With 21 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Bhatt is keen to learn more and expand his knowledge to deliver the best through his capabilities. “I would love to travel and further develop knowledge and skills in order to achieve a higher-level position within the company,” he states.
In this issue of Business 360, he talks about his pick of favourite brands and what he has learnt from some of them.
Top 4 apps that you use the most
Outlook, Teams, WhatsApp and LinkedIn
3 destinations within Nepal you want to travel to
Chitwan, Pokhara, Itahari and Janakpur
Women-run businesses you think deserve accolades
I strongly believe in gender equality. It has been proven in our industry that women have managed businesses perfectly. I think most women run businesses deserve to be supported.
A startup business that you think will ace later
Technology-based distribution network for hotels
An entrepreneur who inspires you
Ratan Tata, an Indian industrialist and former chairman of Tata Sons
3 brands/people/campaigns that you have learnt something from
Rolls Royce – Trusted to deliver Excellence.
TATA – Building on Belief
MasterCard – There are some things money can’t buy; for everything else, there’s MasterCard
The best work advice you have received
The future depends on what you do today. I got this advice from one of my leaders and still remember it.
How do you think we can support local businesses?
Go vocal for locals; promote local products by talking about local products
Use only local products
Giveaways should be domestic products
If you could change ONE thing in the new business/entrepreneurship scene in Nepal, what would that be?
Focus on local production to discourage imports.
Any advice that you want to give to young aspiring entrepreneurs?
You don’t have to do different things; do things differently. And hard work pays.
Startups are important for a country like Nepal because…
Nepal is in the developing phase and a growing country with more than 40% of the population that is young. The country is largely dependent on imports so there is a huge scope and environment for the success of local manufacturing startups.