The awarding of the 2016 Hotelier of the Year Award at the SHG Asian Business Award to Shiraz Boghani was the culmination of more than two decades of hotel-based business success for the Kenyan-born former Chartered Accountant. Shiraz Boghani has built the Splendid Hospitality Group from a bit-part player in the U.K.’s hotel sector to one of the leading operators of luxury and limited service hotels in the world; the success of the company began in 1995 when Shiraz Boghani made the decision to create one of the first limited service hotels in the heart of London.
As one of the leading hospitality Group’s in the U.K., Splendid and Shiraz Boghani understand the need to create new developments and include the latest technology at the hotels of the brand is of the greatest importance. One of the latest hotel developments undertaken by the Splendid Hospitality Group has been the Hilton London Bankside which has been constructed for an impressive $121 million; Shiraz Boghani understands the fact name recognition for a brand is all important when customers are looking to book a hotel room in either a luxury or limited service location. The recent purchases and developments from the Splendid Hospitality Group reflect the understanding Mr. Boghani has for the use of branded hotel chains including The Grand Hotel & Spa in York and London’s The Conrad St. James.
Business is always important to Shiraz Boghani but so is the need for building a brighter future for members of the British community regardless of their race, religion, or gender. Among the charitable groups backed by Mr. Boghani is the Aga Khan Foundation operating in the U.K. and across the planet through a network of linked charities. As one of the most prominent members of the U.K.’s Ismaili community, Shiraz Boghani has donated a large amount of his own time and funds to the National Council of this community to assist in building the level of prominence and understanding of the group within the country.