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Kanakara Markar

Kanakara Markar

Corporate Communications

Kanakara joined Hyatt’s corporate communications team in February of 2014. She is excited to be a part of an amazing company and an awesome team. She is new to the Chicago area and loves the city’s charm (who wouldn't love the architecture, the food and the people in Chicago!). In her spare time, Kanakara loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, being adventurous (skydiving being her recent example), meeting people and learning about different cultures.

Around the World

October 15, 2014
Our People

Around the World: A Warm Hyatt Welcome is Waiting

Welcoming guests, opening the door of the car and hotel, assisting with carrying the luggage — these are only few of the duties of a doorman. It’s much more than this, of course. At Hyatt, it’s our doormen’s welcoming smile that makes all the difference.

We’re proud to feature some of Hyatt’s most caring doormen around the world. We welcome you to explore the unique characteristics of our colleagues in their different cultures and show you firsthand why they love what they do.

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Hyatt’s Commitment to Sustainable Seafood Sourcing

August 21, 2014
Food & Beverage, Hyatt Thrive

Thrive Thursday: Hyatt’s Commitment to Sustainable Seafood Sourcing

Did you know that roughly 3 billion people around the world rely on seafood as their primary source of protein? Or that more than 85 percent of marine fish stocks are considered either fully exploited or overfished, and more than 1 in 5 fisheries has collapsed? With this harsh reality, sustainable management of marine resources is more and more important. Hyatt is working hand-in-hand with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a leading global conservation organization, to enhance our sustainable seafood sourcing and helping us to eliminate the procurement of highly vulnerable species.

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The Nature of Artifice - Header Image

August 1, 2014
Art & Design, Hyatt

Exclusive Art Installation at Hyatt Union Square New York

Any season is a good time to visit New York City, but summer is particularly an ideal time to soak up the sun and culture in the Big Apple. From amazing festivals to free concerts, theater and comedy shows, there is always something happening in the city that never sleeps. And now, adding to the list, is the new art installation at Hyatt Union Square New York.

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July 1, 2014
Memorable Moments, Our People

Happy 10th Birthday, Grand Hyatt Mumbai!

At Hyatt, we all are a big family and, just like a family, we like to celebrate one another! So, for the 10th anniversary of Grand Hyatt Mumbai, the hotel dedicated a “Wall of Fame” to its 65 colleagues who have been with the hotel since the very beginning — since it’s opening day.

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The Driskill Lobby

April 30, 2014
Memorable Moments, Travel Tips

Exploring The Driskill’s Presidential Past

The Driskill Mezzanine

The Driskill Mezzanine

Austin, Texas is the city that has a little something for everyone. If you’re a fan of live music (and who isn’t?), then you can enjoy a concert at one of the 250 music venues that the city has to offer. It’s not called the “Live Music Capital of the World” for nothing. If you’re a foodie, remember to make reservations at one of the many critically acclaimed restaurants such as Congress or Qui, or simply stop by one of the many food truck and trailer spots. Shopping is your thing? Then you will love spending a day browsing the unique shops at SoCo (South Congress). And if all this isn’t enough, Austin is also a city of history and legend. The history of Austin is beyond its monuments and museums – rather, history lives in Austin and it doesn’t take much for a visitor to feel a part of this great city’s past.

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Hyatt New Orleans Mask

March 4, 2014
Food & Beverage, Travel Tips

Happy Mardi Gras! Let the Good Times Roll!

About two years ago this time, I was in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a birthday trip and to my surprise, my then boyfriend (now husband) proposed in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. Fast forward two years and I’m married, live in a new city – Chicago, am part of an amazing team at Hyatt and get to share my love for traveling through posts like this. So it’s almost an obvious choice why I would pick to write about Mardi Gras in New Orleans for my first blog post – it’s taking me back to a place that holds a special place in my heart.

Although I was there in March of 2012, it was a few weeks after Mardi Gras and I didn’t get to experience one of the most famous parades in the United States and arguably in the world. With today being Mardi Gras, I thought it would be fun to look into this amazing tradition and share some of the cool things the city and Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Hyatt French Quarter are doing to prepare.

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