Industry veteran Paul Burke moved from his role as chief operating officer at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas earlier this year to take up position of president and managing director at the world beating property. Here Breaking Travel News takes a look at the man in charge of one of the most important resorts in the Caribbean.
Marriott International has revealed the iconic Atlantis, Paradise Island resort will become part of its Autograph Collection, a rapidly growing exclusive portfolio of over 60 independent hotels in key locations across the globe. Regarded as the premier destination resort in The Bahamas and Caribbean, the 3,400 room Atlantis, Paradise Island will operate under a franchise agreement with Marriott.
Dubai World subsidiary Istithmar World is acquiring the remaining stake in the Atlantis hotel for $250 million. The company confirmed it has completed the purchase of Kerzner International Holdings Limited’s 50 percent interest in Atlantis, making it is the sole owner of the property.
George Markantonis, President & Managing Director, Atlantis, Bahamas, CHTA 2012
Following a sustained campaign from environmentalists, the Atlantis resort in Dubai has released a captive whale shark back into the ocean. Sammy – a four metre female whale shark – was released back into the Arabian Gulf in conjunction with Atlantis Fish Husbandry Team.
Brad Pitt and David Beckham are thought to be among those caught up in Dubai’s latest credit squeeze, as developer Nakheel has asked creditors for a six-month “standstill” on debt repayments totalling US$59 billion. The Dubai government has also called in accountants Deloitte to advise on restructuring the business, stoking fears that Nakheel will be unable to continue with the Palm Jumeirah, leaving one of Dubai’s landmark developments a construction site.
Alan Leibman, President/Managing Director of Kerzner International,is pleased to announce the appointment of Serge Zaalof, as Chief Operating Officer of the Company. An accomplished hotel executive, Zaalof was most recently Chief Executive of Hospitality, owner and operator of 7 hotels in Dubai, totaling 2,200 rooms, including the flagship hotels Grand Hyatt and The Westin.
Iconic Dubai resort Atlantis, The Palm has joined forces with Virgin Atlantic to launch Vtravelled.com, a brand new social media channel aimed at engaging and inspiring people with a passion for travel.Conceived by Virgin Atlantic, vtravelled.com showcases travel destinations in a fresh way through reviews and eye-catching photography. Featuring guides on destination resorts such as Atlantis, The Palm, as well as hundreds of cities, beaches, ski resorts and national parks, the website is designed to inspire people to travel to new destinations as well as making the planning and sharing of travel easier.
Breaking Travel News interviews Ian Scott, Director of Tourism and Marketing, Dubai Representative Office in UK & Ireland at World Travel Market 2007 about Atlantis which will be opening on the Palm Jumeirah. Scott also talks about the entry of Silverjet and the expansion of the tourism product.