Chalana joined Yays in Autumn 2018 to support the brand’s European expansion. After graduating from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, Chalana started his career with the Development & Investment team of citizenM Hotels in the Netherlands. At citizenM Chalana supported the chain’s expansion in Paris, Copenhagen and Switzerland and worked alongside citizenM’s Business Intelligence team to shape the brand’s global growth strategy. At Yays, Chalana hopes to bring the brand to new neighborhoods in Europe’s biggest cities. With his international background and emergent experience, Chalana brings a fresh perspective to the hospitality industry.
“This is all a rather new industry to me but I really enjoyed hearing about the perception of changes, particularly in the short-term rental, “end of alternative” debate. It was also exciting to see people blurring the lines with regards to serviced apartments and aparthotels in Paul Rands’ talk. My favourite part though was listening to the Brexit debate and seeing people put their views on the table.