JA Resorts appoints Anthony Ross as new CEO

Dubai-based hospitality firm JA Resorts and Hotels has appointed Anthony Ross as the company’s new CEO.

The Australian hotelier and corporate strategist started his tenure in January with the established hospitality company known for offering “heartfelt hospitality” and “casual luxury” in the Middle East and Indian Ocean.

Ross has over 30 years’ leadership experience in the hospitality sector, spanning roles on multiple continents. Prior to joining JA Resorts & Hotels, he was CEO at the Indonesia-based Aryaduta Hotel Group, and held the Executive Vice President position at Preferred Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw 120 hotels in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region.

As a former unit general manager, in addition to developing and operating his own luxury lodge in New Zealand, Ross also contributes an ownership approach and in-depth understanding of hotel operations. Apart from managing independent hotels in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia, he spent several years with Swire Hotels where he subsequently became the group’s Area General Manager for China.

Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in business, catering and hotel management from Victoria University in Melbourne.

“The team has done a great job in delivering ‘Heartfelt Hospitality’ and ‘Casual Luxury’ across our diverse portfolio from the gorgeous JA Manafaru in the Maldives, to our Dubai resorts and Bateaux Dubai. We aim to enhance how our guests experience both brand values, expand and deepen our reach and eventually bring heartfelt hospitality to new destinations in the region and beyond,” the new CEO was quoted in a statement, as saying.

In the Maldives, JA Resorts and Hotels runs the private island resort of JA Manafaru.

Accessible via a 75-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport or by a 45-minute domestic flight to Hanimaadhoo Airport followed by a 35-minute luxury speedboat transfer, JA Manafaru is a peaceful haven situated in the northernmost atoll of Haa Alif, where world-class service is delivered amidst dazzling turquoise waters, white sand beaches, distinct Maldivian architecture and lush vegetation.

A total of 83 villas and suites, each with their own private plunge pool are dotted throughout the spacious island.

Additionally, find island bliss with over eight spa treatment rooms at the award-winning Calm Spa, gourmet galore at one of seven restaurants and create lasting memories with water sports such as scuba diving, jet skiing and kayaking.

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