Mr. Edwards has previously served with other International groups including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts as well as Starwood Hotels & Resorts for several years and has been instrumental in leading the hotel group’s properties as Vice President of Operations and successful General Manager across China, Western Asia, and the Middle East. With his diverse operational background and experience, Edwards has opened more than seven pre-opening Hotel projects. With a broad spectrum of hospitality experience of over two decades, Mr. Edwards has played a crucial role in operations, pre-opening projects, re-positioning and improve in strategic vision and expansion at multiple prestigious properties.
There are fewer tourists from western countries arrive in Bangladesh whereas there are lots of foreign delegates stay here. So what plan do you take to attract the tourist?
Mr. Edwards: We have a variety of packages and promotional offers to attract tourists, but basically the majority of our business is domestic travelers. Generally, the Tourism business in Bangladesh, and certainly Chittagong is just starting to build up and will take quite some time to be well established.
What is the positive effect of Tourism Business in our country’s economy?
Mr. Edwards: Of course Tourism brings in revenues to support the country and local communities. It also helps promote the beauty of the country and the fact that Bangladesh has a lot to offer in terms of Tourism and Travel.
Chittagong is blessed with natural beauty and there are many popular tourist spots in CTG, is there any plan of you to present CTG globally from the perspective of tourism?
Mr. Edwards: Whenever we as a company get the chance to talk about the locations that we have Hotels, we obviously promote the Hotel, and also the City and the attractions it has. Our job is not only to promote ourselves but support the community as well by doing whatever we can.
Do you have any plan to attract foreigners to hold their conferences in Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View? Is there any lacking facilities that you consider as the barrier of attracting them?
Mr. Edwards: We don’t only focus on Foreigners. We target all markets that we feel are business sources for the Hotel. I don’t feel that there are any challenges that we face as a hotel to attract any visitors at all, however with global economic situation as it is right now, and the fact that people are concerned about budgetary constraints within their own travel expense allocations, many people prefer to travel domestically in their own countries and not so much venturing afar these days.
Is there any business competitor of Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View in Bangladesh and how does your brand remains as an outstanding brand?
Mr. Edwards: We see everyone as a competitor, no matter who they are or what Brand they represent. Our Hotel is the leading Hotel in Chittagong and also very well established overall. Carlson Rezidor Hotels and Resorts is one of the strongest brands that are represented in the Asia Pacific Region, and that, of course, helps us to position ourselves in the market where we are today.
From when are you involved with this International Luxury hotel brand? Please let us know the history behind your achieving today’s position.
Mr. Edwards: I have recently joined the Carlson Rezidor Family in 2016, however, I have worked with other International Hospitality Brands for more than 30 years now. I started my career in 1983 in this business as a Resort Manager, and have worked in many diverse positions in Hotel Management to attain the position I have achieved to this date.
Are there any CSR activities of Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View and what its impact on social reforming?
Mr. Edwards: Taking responsibility for the environment and local community has been an important part of the broader commitment and support of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to sustainable development for many years. Each hotel has a unique Responsible Business Action Plan. Last year Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View’s initiative for the festive season, was to “ Pay it Forward” by donating products to a local orphanage. The initiative focused on promoting better living conditions for children less fortunate than many. I believe in whatever way we can help, no matter how small it may seem, our efforts will be duly rewarded by the smiles on the people whose lives we touch.