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Lily Hotels Welcomes Back Desislav Gospodinov as Group Director of Sales & Marketing

Desislav Gospodinov
Desislav Gospodinov has been appointed as Group Director of Sales & Marketing for Lily Hotels’ two award-winning luxury resorts.

Desislav Gospodinov has been appointed as Group Director of Sales & Marketing (GDOSM) for Lily Hotels’ two award-winning luxury resorts, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, and Lily Beach Resort & Spa. He brings with him more than 10 years of sales management experience and an international record to match it, spanning across Europe and Asia.

Though he attended higher education in England, both at the University of Portsmouth and Cardiff Metropolitan University, it was in Bulgaria where Mr Desislav’s career in hospitality began.

Since 2005, he has proven sales experience with luxury venues and big names, spending multiple years working at places like Hilton, Starwood, and Yastrebets in the capital Sofia. From Senior Sales Manager to Sales & Marketing Director, and even a stint as General Manager, Desislav Gospodinov is well acquainted with steering company performance, profit, and strategy.

He is not just capable of the GDOSM position; he is also a familiar face. Mr Desislav previously served as Director of Sales & Marketing at Lily Beach Resort & Spa from 2015-2017. During these two years, he cultivated a better online business, oversaw the creation of Lily Beach’s popular mobile application, and helped to diversify the overall market. Likewise, he is very proud of these accomplishments and left a lasting and positive impact on the company.

Most recently, he was the Area Sales Director for Centara Hotels & Resorts overseeing their resorts in the Maldives. He was responsible for sales in their Maldivian properties and entering new markets in Asia and the Americas. Although he was based in Bangkok and enjoyed this position, the island life of the Maldives was never far from his mind.

Now that he is back in full force, Mr Desislav has expressed pure excitement at starting his new role. Although Hideaway and Lily Beach are very different hospitality products, he views it as a fun challenge- especially during this period of unpredictability caused by the pandemic. There are many great qualities about both resorts, and he is ready with new perspectives to bring these to a higher level.

With his understanding of the tried-and-true Lily model, familiarity with management, and knowledge about the properties, Mr Desislav plans to reengage markets that have been affected by the pandemic and increase the brand’s competitive edge.

Lily Hotels says that the company welcomes their new (but not so new) team member with open arms, and looks forward to continued collaboration, picking up exactly where they left off in 2017.

Feature image by Lily Hotels

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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives Announces New Leadership Appointments

Meet the newest leadership appointments at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives introduces Steven D’Souza as Director of Food & Beverages, and Tammy Gan as Assistant Director of Branding & Marketing.

Steven D’Souza – Director of Food & Beverages

Originally from India, Steve brings over 18 years of experience within the hospitality Industry. Having achieved a Bachelor of Hotel Management degree, Steve has accumulated invaluable pre-opening resort experiences. Steve has worked across three continents and served as the Food and Beverage division Head at Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla.

When it comes to the Maldives, Steve has worked at The Nautilus Maldives, Niyama Private Island Maldives, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives. Additionally, Steven has also worked in Anantara in Thailand, Raffles Hotels Canouan Island, Buccament Bay Spa and Resort in St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Sheraton Jumeirah in Dubai.

At Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, Steve will be reporting directly to the General Manager. He has been tasked with spearheading the F&B operations, prioritizing revenue growth, waste minimization, and regulatory compliance, as well as enhancing guest satisfaction through elevated service standards.

Tammy Gan – Assistant Director of Branding & marketing

Tammy, who is originally from Singapore joins Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll with over 14 years of Marketing and Branding experience in the hospitality sector. Throughout her career, Tammy has worked in countries across Southeast Asia to the Middle East as well as the Maldives. Prior to this, Tammy held the position of Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at The Nautilus Maldives. Additionally, she held roles in esteemed properties like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited in Phuket, Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spa in UAE, and Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

In her new role, Tammy will report to the Director of Sales & Marketing. Here, she will oversee the strategic development and execution of marketing and communications plans for Finolhu and . HERE brands. Additionally, her role also encompasses brand enhancement, market analysis, advertising initiatives, resource allocation optimisation, as well as nurturing innovative branding and communication strategies through collaboration with external agencies.

I’m thrilled to welcome Steven and Tammy to Seaside Finolhu. I am confident that their expertise will help enhance our brand and elavate our dining experiences, ensuring unforgettable memoments for our guests, comments Steven Phillips – General Manager, Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives is owned and managed by the Seaside Collection. The resort consists of 125 beachfront and overwater villas, four restaurants and an array of activities for guests to enjoy every day! Recently, the resort took groundbreaking measures to offer its employees more opportunities by signing an MoU with the Maldives National University. The MoU with Finolhu and MNU ensures the employees have opportunities to pursue further education and grow in the industry.

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