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Shiraz Boghani, Splendid Hospitality Group

When he first came to England in 1969, Shiraz Boghani had just twelve pounds in his pocket. Originally from Kenya, after he traveled to England, he began studying to become an accountant and began working at Chartered Accountants. Eventually, he started working at Thomson McLintock and Co. Through hard work and determination, Boghani managed to be among the first to open a limited service branded hotel in London. Since then, he’s been involved in over 25 projects and has grown his hotel portfolio to just over 20.

Eventually, he became chairman of the Splendid Hospitality Group, and he began transforming from budget hotels to luxury hotels, seizing the opportunity once it presented itself. Considered a warm, friendly, driven, persistent and intelligent man, Boghani led the company to open 20 trading hotels. Among those is the luxurious Hilton London Bankside which boasts 292 rooms. Other hotels that have grown under his steady hand are The Grand Hotel and Spa in York, and Holiday Inn in Wembley which contains 336 and bedrooms.

Besides the hotel service, Boghani has also given his time to health care. He cofounded Sussex Health Care and is a managing partner. This healthcare service offers innovative homes as well as health care services. Boghani has helped Sussex open up 18 care homes that contain over 500 beds. He also oversees restaurants linked to the company Splendid.

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Business aside, Boghani contributes to numerous charity organizations as well as volunteers himself for charitable missions. He’s served a few positions in the Ismaili community such as serving as a member of the National Council. Boghani has also been the chairman of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board and Resource Development Convener for the Aga Khan University.

To celebrate his successes and reward him for a lifetime’s worth of intelligent business making, the Asian Business Award was awarded to him in 2016 for Hotelier of the Year. Boghani was deeply moved by the award and feels that it is a lifetime award more than anything else for his long journey of careful maneuvering and persistent, hard work in the hotel service.

For those young workers looking to either start their own business or find success with their own hotels, Boghani suggests that working hard, being persistent, and not taking “no” for an answer is the pathway to success. A shrewd businessman and warm-hearted philanthropist, any aspiring hotel worker should follow his example.

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