'I think most women run businesses deserve to be supported'

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.


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