When the Asian Business Awards voted visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist Shiraz Boghani as their ‘Hotelier of the Year’ for 2016, no one was surprised. For more than 30 years Boghani was one of the top hoteliers in the United Kingdom. Born in Kenya, East Africa, Boghani moved to London in 1969 to pursue a career in accounting.
He became a chartered accountant and worked for several firms including Thomson McLintock & Company. Boghani co-founded the successful healthcare company Sussex Health Care in 1985. In the 1990s he began doing development work with limited service branded hotels. Boghani was one of the first people to do that in London.
Since that time, Shiraz Boghani has gone own to work with more than two dozen of these hotels. He has also acquired and provides management services for 19 hotels in the United Kingdom and serve as a Sojourn Hotels founding partner and chairman. Boghani is also involved in a wide range of hotel projects throughout the U.K. Some of the hotels in his portfolio include the New Ellington located in Leeds, the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel, the Grand Hotel & Spa, Holiday Inn London-Wembly, the Conrad London St. James and the Hilton London Bankside.
Currently Shiraz Boghani is the Splendid Hospitality Group’s chairman. One of the United kingdom’s fastest growing private hotel groups, the company is known for the high quality of its properties, the professionalism of its staff and the amazing level of amenities and customer services it provides for its guests. Shiraz Boghani is credited with playing a major role in helping the Splendid Hospitality Group attain and maintain its exalted status in the hotel industry in the United Kingdom. While accepting the ‘Hotelier of the Year’ award, Shiraz Boghani said he was honored to be a member of the Splendid family.
In addition to his experience as a hotelier, Shiraz Boghani has received high praise for his work in developing Sussex Health Care into an award-winning facility known for its innovative treatment methods and the excellent service it provides for the mentally and physical challenged and the elderly. Boghani also gives generously to numerous charitable organizations and plays an important role in the Ismaili community in the UK. He holds prominent positions with the community service organization, the Aga Khan Foundation, and is very active in the work of the Aga Khan University.
Shiraz Boghani truly is an outstanding individual.
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