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Grand Hyatt Goa Celebrates its People

For all the efforts they put in while at work, Hyatt had a special way of acknowledging their employees and letting them know that they are the most important asset to the organisation. Annually celebrated, ‘Celebrating Our People’ (COP) is an initiative undertaken by the Hyatt entities across the globe with the view to reinforce the People Philosophy through various activities for their employees.

This year, ‘Celebrating Our People’ took on a filmy avatar with the themes of romance, horror and action. From different theme lunches, eating contests, cooking and mocktail contests, endurance games, scavenger hunts and more. Goa Streets publisher Marisha Dutt was proud to serve as one of three judges in a gala talent contest on the event’s final evening. It was three days of fun, drama and celebrations.

One of the most interesting activities of the three day celebration was ‘Walk in My Shoes’ where department heads and executive committee members undertook entry level roles in various departments. While General Manager Jaco Le Roux took on the role of the door man and welcomed guests for the day, Director HR, S. Vidyashankar donned the chef’s uniform and took to the chopping board while EAM – F&B Tufan Kobanbay helped the front desk with a warm welcome and seamless check-ins.

Grand Hyatt Goa stars

Grand Hyatt Goa stars


This COP, Mr. Le Roux announced the start a new CSR initiative which would involve the enhancing the local community, providing them with new sustainable sources of income and helping to keep the culture around us alive and thriving.

The highlight of the Gala Dinner and something completely new at ‘Celebrating Our People’ was the two surprise performances from Anuskha Mani, famous playback singer keeping with the Bollywood theme and Sorabh Pant, a well known Indian stand-up comedian.

Betty Remedios, S. Vidyashankar and Jaco Le Roux with the HR team

Betty Remedios, S. Vidyashankar and Jaco Le Roux with the HR team


Grand evening culminates inaugural Global Grain and Feed Forum (G2F2)

The inaugural Global Grain and Feed Forum (G2F2), organised by Tefla’s with the support of The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, from June 20-22 came to a close with an evening of scintillating performances and glamour.

Hosted by Adam & Events, a Tefla’s enterprise, the gala saw a host of celebrities and high society names come together for a glittering show at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa in Panaji. Bollywood singing sensation Sharib Sabri held the audience captivated with his melodious voice, getting the crowd to join in to his latest hit ‘Saturday Saturday’ from the film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya. Sabri, along with his brother Toshi Sabri, has become one of the most successful music directors in the country today.

German-Indian actress and model Evelyn Sharma launched her exclusive fashion collection at the event. The collection favoured light, feminine, dressy wear that was easy on the eye, yet classy.


Hema Sardesai


Goa-based English fashion designer and stylist Michelle Banarse also showcased her work, which reflects Goa’s easy laid-back style and attitude, as well as her Indian-European roots. Her collection, which found favour with solid colours in chic resort wear, is one of the many handcrafted designs available at The PaperBoat Collective in Sangolda, Goa. Run by Bhagyashree Patwardhan, the concept boutique showcases the work of young talented designers focusing on handcrafted Indian items with a contemporary twist.

A fashion show by Mohit Falod also floored the audience, with an emphasis on silhouettes. Famous Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary also attended the event.

The visiting audience got a taste of Goa with a performance by Bollywood and regional playback singer Hema Sardessai, aptly nicknamed the Nightingale Queen of Goa.

sharib sabri (3)

Sharib Sabri


Keynote speakers, partners and associates of the forum were given tokens of appreciation for their involvement.

The inaugural Global Grain and Feed Forum (G2F2) was an international conference and exhibition on grain and feed trade and technology, witnessed by policy makers, leading importers and exporters, processors, retail investors, corporate groups, commodity exchanges, logistics companies and experts on weather from India and abroad.

Speakers and guests deliberated on trends, supply and demand of grains and feed, weather development and its impact on the production of kharif grain and oilseeds, price outlook – short term and long term – for grain and feed, and other important issues related to the trade.

The accompanying exhibition included the latest on offer from the grain and feeds sector, including products, processes, technologies, machinery and equipment and financial services.

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