Atmosphere Hotels announces change in senior management

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts has made two new appointments within its senior management team.

Venkata Giri has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Atmosphere Group.

Over the last four years, Giri has led the operations team under the title of Group Director of Operations. He has been with Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts since 2016, where he first launched OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo to be the flagship all-inclusive luxury resort of the group.

“It’s our great pleasure and honour to have Venkata Giri become COO of the group, we are at a critical juncture wherein we are strategising our growth and expansion into the broader Indian Ocean markets, and we truly believe that Venkata will be instrumental in spearheading the process,” Salil Panigrahi, Managing Director of Atmosphere Hotels, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Meanwhile, Stephane Laguette is the newly appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He is taking over from Dinesh Bhaskar, the former Group Director of Sales and Marketing.

Laguette, who joins Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts from Anantara Hotels & Resorts where he held the position of Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Asia and Maldives, said: “I am extremely honoured and excited to join Atmosphere and continue to build on the brand’s strong legacy as we slowly spread into the broader Indian Ocean region.”

From Bangkok, Dubai, Cancun and The West Indies, Laguette brings experience from the international hospitality sector where he will work towards taking Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio to a global level.

“The tourism sector in the Maldives is challenging. With the development of the senior management team and the hard work from all members of team, we believe that our ethos and values will stand out regionally and globally,” Salil added.

Since the inception of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts in 2013, the award-winning Indian Ocean hospitality brand has been rapidly expanding within different market segments: the four-star OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, entry-level five-star Atmosphere Kanifushi, and the luxury all-inclusive OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo.

The high price-performance ratio common to all resorts is crucial for the success of Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts. United under the philosophy of “The Joy of Giving”, the brand has been successful in translating this core value to anything they deliver to the discerning customer consistently and effectively.

The critical objective of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts is to always understate and over deliver. This is clearly the primary reason for their secret of success at such a rapid pace, culminating in the launch of their fourth resort, OBLU Select at Sangeli early this year.

Photo: Stephane Laguette (R) and Venkata Giri.

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