Jamie Crisp appointed Director of Sales for Centara Maldives

Jamie Crisp - CentaraMaldives.net.mv – Centara Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Jamie Crisp as director of Sales for the Maldives. Crisp, who will be based at Centara’s head office in Bangkok, will be responsible for the company’s three resort properties in Maldives.

“The Maldives is of great potential to us, and is an essential part of our growth strategy,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer, Centara Hotels & Resorts. “We have two resort properties open in the Maldives, with a third under construction. Jamie Crisp brings great experience to this position, and we are confident he will help us achieve our objectives in this beautiful destination.”

Crisp is a British national who has been living and working in the hospitality industry overseas for the past 19 years. He worked for almost eight years with one of the leading UK tour operators in various destinations such as the Maldives, India, Egypt, Malaysia and Dubai. He also spent a total of five years in Dubai, mainly heading up the corporate sales department for Arabian Adventures, the DMC owned by Emirates Airline.

Moving to Thailand six years ago, Crisp worked with Kuoni Destination Management at Asian Trails, looking after the MICE business for the Southeast Asia region. Previous to joining Centara Hotels & Resorts, he was Director of Sales for Evason & Six Senses Resorts in Hua Hin.

Centara opened its first Maldives property, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, in late 2009. Set in the South Ari Atoll, the five-star resort has a broad range of leisure activities and operates under Ultimate All-Inclusive programme, in which cash is not required on the island.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives, a villa-only resort located just 15 minutes by speedboat from Male International Airport, opened earlier this year and is an adult-focused with no guests under the age of 12 years accommodated on the island. The resort has been named by TripAdvisor as the top North Male Atoll destination for honeymooners, an accolade won in the face of competition from 30 other resorts in the region.

Centara’s third resort in the Maldives will open in 2014.

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