Our People - Krishna Pastakia

Krishna Pastakia – Sales Manager, Staybridge Suites Birmingham

The attraction to Staybridge is having the opportunity to put forward new and creative ideas to drive sales and having empowerment to drive this for the hotel and for Interstate. The reason I applied for this position is because I have extensive experience in the Extended Stay industry and felt that I would be the right fit for this role having experience in a Long Stay Agency and IHG.  What was attractive about Interstate is that they offer support to develop your long-term career plan. Interstate also has robust sales tools which are in place that are advanced and already adapted to the hotel. This makes it attractive for the Sales Managers to work consistently and as a collaboration with the rest of the portfolio especially in Birmingham.

Interstate is a very well-established global hospitality management company within the hospitality industry because they are recognised for their strong strategic approach to work towards achieving the hotel goals and objectives. Working with Interstate gives you the ability to exceed your goals in-line with the future of the business. Interstate is a very energetic and dynamic company to work for and that is why I believe people are attracted to us.

During my time with Staybridge Suites Birmingham I have been able to develop my skill set and present in front of the commercial team every quarter and also at the budget review. This has given me the opportunity to understand in depth where the business sits within the market place in terms of ‘extended stay’ and what else we need to do to drive sales. One of the key elements to this role is having the ability to manage several relationships consistently and thoughtfully. I believe I have now mastered this with the support from the General Manager and commercially.