Onyx appoints new regional vice presidents, assigns Maldives operations

Onyx Hospitality Group has named two new regional vice presidents of operations, with one tasked to oversee the management of the group’s property in the Maldives.

In a statement, the Thailand-based hospitality group said Pierre-Andre Pelletier has been promoted to the post of Regional Vice President of Operations for South Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives. Previously the Vice President and Area General Manager for South Thailand, his expanded portfolio includes leadership responsibilities in the Maldives and Vietnam, it added.

The Swiss national first joined Onyx in 1993, and has served as General Manager of Amari Pattaya, Amari Watergate Bangkok and more recently the group’s flagship Amari Phuket, where he will continue to be based.

Onyx currently operates Amari Havodda Maldives and is preparing for the early 2018 opening of Ozo Hoi An in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, David Cumming has also been promoted to the Regional Vice President of Operations for Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos. In his expanded role, Cumming will support the company’s future growth in Malaysia, where Onyx has one newly-launched Amari and three additional hotels in the pipeline, and Laos, the location of three new Amari properties currently under development.

The hospitality veteran, with 25 years of experience under his belt, has been with the company since 2004. He was previously Vice President and Area General Manager for Bangkok, Vice President of Operational Development, and General Manager at Amari Pattaya and Amarai Watergate Bangkok.

He will continue to be based at Amari Watergate Bangkok, where the group’s global head office is located.

In the Maldives, Onyx runs the Amari Havodda Maldives resort.

Located in the southern Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, Amari Havodda Maldives is accessible by a 55-minute domestic flight to Kaadedhdhoo domestic airport from the main Velana International Airport, followed by 10-minute speedboat transfer to the island. The resort offers 48 Beach Villas, six Beach Garden Pool Villas, six Beach Pool Villas, 58 Overwater Villas and two Overwater Pool Villas.

Dining options include Amaya Food Gallery that serves a selection of Asian delights, Ember Robatayaki that serves grilled sea food and Pizza Kaage where guests can enjoy light meals and get takeaway pizzas. Iru Bar is a beach bar, whereas cocktails, drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at Thari Bar while the sun shines and beyond at the pool bar.

With its location popular for diving and snorkelling, Amari Havodda features a dive centre. The resort also offers an outdoor pool, a kids pool water sports facilities, a fitness centre, a beach volleyball court and a tennis court.

Photo: David Cumming (L) and Pierre-Andre Pelletier. PHOTO/ ONYX

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