Growth story of The Orchid
Vithal Kamat is a popular name in the hospitality
industry. The hotel industry dominated mostly by South Indians, was slowly but
steadily occupied by a Mumbai man Vithal Kamat. Although his father was into
the hotel business, his aspirations were high which resulted in a chain of
hotels internationally and on major national highways in India. This is Vithal
Kamat for the readers. Let’s take a peek into his success story.
Vithal Kamath was born in Grant Road Mumbai in the
Kamat family. His family’s income was not very high. However, the focus was on
hard work to make their ends meet. Vithal Kamat’s father Venkatesh was into the
hotel business. Kamat’s mother was of the opinion that he should scale his
father’s business. However, Kamat wanted to expand his family hotel business in
the entire world. Meanwhile, Kamat completed his engineering degree.
Kamat started working as a chef to understand the
tricks of the business. The family’s Hotel ‘Satkar’ was running into a good
position. However, Kamat took a huge decision of his life and spoke about it to
his father. He wanted to work in the hotels of the world and get practical
knowledge before starting his own business. His father agreed to make Kamat
ecstatic. Further, without wasting any time he reached London and started
working as a cook in the hotels. Kamat would do all kinds of work and would get
75 pounds per week. He would learn the new duties through which he started
understanding the working of the hospitality industry.
Starting and running a hotel business is team work.
He learned how to handle the main chef, his assistants and how to develop a
team among others. Kamat learned his lessons by working in hotels across the
globe instead of going to a hotel management institute. He came back to India
and started working for expanding his family business. Although he started
towards enhancing his family business, his dreams were big and took steps in
executing it. Meanwhile, he came to know that ‘Plasma’ hotel near Santacruz
Airport was for sale and he decided to cash on it. He arranged the finance from
various sources and bought it. He started the first ecotel five-star hotel in
the country and named it ‘Orchid’.
After starting the first ecotel five-star hotel, he
upgraded his business through franchises. Today, Kamat’s hotels are located on
the major national highways. He has also expanded his business by setting up
hotels in 450 locations around the world. Vithal Kamat’s success story is
really inspiring to young entrepreneurs.
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