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Vakkaru Maldives Appoints Janice Tan as New Director of Sales and Marketing

Janice Tan has been appointed as the new Director of Sales and Marketing.
Vakkaru Maldives has appointed Janice Tan as its new Director of Sales and Marketing. With over two decades of experience in luxury hospitality

Vakkaru Maldives has appointed Janice Tan as its new Director of Sales and Marketing. With over two decades of experience in luxury hospitality, Janice has worked at several leading resorts in Maldives.

Currently based in Singapore and Maldives, Janice possess thorough knowledge and expertise in luxury hospitality. Bringing in over 20 years of experience in the industry, Janice will play a key role in promoting Vakkaru Maldives as the new Director of Sales and Marketing. Her love for travel and residency in countries across the world will impart vital insights to redefining Maldives’ approach to tourism and hospitality.

Janice started her career at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, and paved her way up the corporate ladder, working for several high-end luxury brands. Janice was significant in launching luxury resorts in Maldives including Antantara Naladhu during her time as Anantara Group’s Cluster Director of Public Relations. She also held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at Velaa Private Island and Accor’s Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. Furthermore, Janice held the role of Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for COMO Hotels and Resorts’ COMO Maalifushi and COMO Cocoa Island.

“I am so excited to join the team at Vakkaru Maldives, a privately owned and managed resort where exceptional attention to detail and a passion for unsurpassed hospitality is integral to everything, and a commitment to ensuring loved ones can interact and reconnect in tranquillity underpins every service and interaction.”

Janice Tan

Born to parents who worked in the airline industry, Janice travelled a lot has lived in Switzerland, Italy, Greece, the US, and France. Her love for gastronomy took her to studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and working at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Georges Blanc.

Vakkaru Maldives is set in the pristine waters of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Just a 30-minute seaplane ride away from Velana International Airport, Vakkaru Maldives offers an intimate slice of paradise. With spectacular marine biodiversity, powder white beaches, exemplary services, and truly world-class dining choices, Vakkaru Maldives commits to delivering a unique experience.

Feature image by Hotel One

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February’s Finest: 05 Key Appointments in the Maldives Resorts

The month of February has seen various key-promotions and appointments in different resorts of The Maldives.

Resorts in the Maldives are constantly working towards providing travellers with better experiences and services. One of the key factors that contribute to these personalised experiences is the effort put in by employees. In addition to anticipating the needs, preferences, and interests, the amazing teams at resorts tailor services perfectly customised for each traveller. To provide this stellar experience, resorts are constantly on the lookout for the best of the best. The month of February has seen some amazing appointments and promotions. Here are the top appointments made in February, as some key personnel joined top-notch resorts!

Rifaath Saeed Returns to Dusit Thani Maldives as DOSM

One of the most major appointments, or shall we say re-appointments of this month was the return of Rifaath Saeed to Dusit Thani Maldives. Rifaath was part of the pre-opening team at the resort back in 2011, taking on the role of Director of Sales and Marketing (DOSM) before she departed from the resort. As she returns to the role, Rifaath has gained 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Before her return, Rifaath worked as DOSM at Amari Raaya Maldives, Cluster DOSM at OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi, Kandima Maldives, Kurumba Maldives, Velassaru Maldives, W Maldives, as well as Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.

Roberts Ejubs as Group Director of Operations at Crown & Champa Resorts

This February, Crown & Champa Resorts revealed the key appointment of Roberts Ejubs as Group Director of Operations. Hailing from Australia, Roberts has an extensive career, spanning several countries. Prior to the Maldives, Roberts has worked across the US, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. With a specialization in sales, marketing, revenue distribution, and resort operations, Robert has some ambitious goals lined up for the resort.

Zakwan Ahmed as Director of Sales at Kuda Villingili Resort

Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives announced the key appointment of Zakwan Ahmed as Director of Sales this February. Zakwan joins with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Prior to this, Zakwan worked as Assistant Director of Sales at THE OZEN COLLECTION. At Kuda Villingili, Zakwan will work towards developing strategies to achieve the sales target as well as managing relationships with key partners. Additionally, he will also collaborate with various teams to ensure successful sales outcomes for the resort. In this role, Zakwan’s primary focus will be the German-speaking countries, Europe, and the UK market.

Josje Van Engelen as General Manager of Soneva Secret

Soneva’s newest addition to the resort collection, Soneva Secret announced Josje Van Engelen as General Manager. Hailing from the Netherlands, Josje brings to Soneva Secret over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Before this, Josje worked in various countries across the globe including the Netherlands, Belgium, Costa Rica, Australia, and Turks and Caicos. Josje will be leading an incredible team of over 25 nationalities. With this, she brings a new wave of rare, personalised hospitality to the Maldives!

Ali Ashfag as Front Office Manager at Seaside Finolhu

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll introduced Ali Ashfag as the new Front Office Manager this February. Ashfag joined the hospitality industry at the young age of 18, working his way up to this new position. His transition to Front Office was made eight years ago. From here on, Ashfag ventured on his journey as a butler, later becoming the Front Office Manager. Ashfag brings over a decade of experience across five internationally recognized brands and two local establishments to his new role. In addition to his priceless contributions to Seaside Finolhu, Ashfag has also made generous contributions towards handpicking and training individuals at the resort.

Interested in all the appointments made this February? Head over to our website, and find out more.

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