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1854 22 Apr 2021

Atmosphere Group Appoints Souvagya Mohapatra to Strengthen South Asia Presence

The recent appointment of Souvagya Mohapatra as the Managing Director for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan sets the Indian Ocean Hospitality Group on the fast track to growth.

Atmosphere HotelsandResorts, a dynamic and fast-growing Indian Ocean hospitality group, announced the appointment of Souvagya Mohapatra as the Managing Director for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. This announcement signals significant growth plans, with a strong focus on the Indian Subcontinent.

Commenting on the announcement,Salil Panigrahi, the Managing Director of Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts, said, "It gives us great pleasure to appoint Souvagya Mohapatra as Managing Director for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. A consummate veteran of the field, Souvagya comes with a wealth of experience of over 28 years in the hospitality and tourism sector and will be responsible for the overall business strategy and setting up new Atmosphere Hotels Resorts in emerging destinations in South Asia. Souvagya has our complete confidence, and we wish him every success in his new role."

Souvagya Mohapatra's illustrious career began at The Oberoi Group, following which he spent most of his professional career with MAYFAIR Hotels Resorts. He was instrumental in the MAYFAIR Groups growth to twelve renowned luxury properties.

During his tenure at MAYFAIR, he played a crucial role in enhancing the average daily rate (ADR) and Group Revenue to a respectable Industry standard. He standardised operations by implementing policies, SOPs, and Corporate Governance according to the highest Indian luxury hospitality standards. Under Souvagyas guidance, effective marketing strategies were implemented that successfully enhanced the companys brand image.

Over the years, Mr Mohapatras passion for excellence in hospitality and immense contribution to the tourism industry has brought home a world of recognition and laurels.

He was conferred the prestigious 'Honorary Diploma for Outstanding Contribution and Excellence in Tourism Hospitality' by the World Congress of Poets (WCP) under the auspices of the World Academy of Arts Culture (WAAC). The award was conferred at the 39th World Congress of Poets held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Odisha. Souvagya Mohapatra was recognized as 'Architects of the Indian Hospitality Industry', heading the most successful hotel brands and has been included from 2016 till now in the Power List by Hotelier India, for five consecutive years. He was also recognized as the 'Hotelier of the Year'during BBC Good Food and Food Food Awards in the year 2018.

Mr Mohapatra has contributed to the industry through his involvement in reputed organizations and national associations.

He has been an Executive Committee member of The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) from 2014 to 2021. He was Co-Chair of the Tourism Subcommittee - Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2018-19 and 2019-2020 for the development of Tourism in Eastern India. He is the Former Co-Chair of the Tourism Subcommittee - Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2018-19 and 2019-2020 and Chairman, Eastern Region Tourism Committee -Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Industry (FICCI), for the year 2019-2020. Both these positions were dedicated for the development of Tourism in Eastern India.

Souvagya Mohapatras experience of launching world-class hotels, his knack for identifying the right destination at the right time for strategic benefits, along with immense market knowledge will help guide Atmosphere Hotels Resorts in South Asia.

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About Atmosphere Hotelsand Resorts:

Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts is a dynamic and fast-growing Indian Ocean Hospitality Brand' with extensive resort development and management experience. Set in some of the most beautiful Maldivian islands, the group operates four Best in Class resorts ranging from Luxury to Classic properties in two sub-brands, COLOURS of OBLUs and Selection by Atmosphere. The crown jewel of the portfolio is the uber lux brand, THE OZEN COLLECTION comprising two resorts in the Maldives.

Brand Journey: Atmospheres first property, Atmosphere Kanifushi, opened its doors in December 2013. Followed by three resorts OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, OBLU Select at Sangeli, and the newest addition, VARU by Atmosphere. The expansion continues with OBLU XPErience Ailafushi and OBLU SELECT Lobigili - set to open in the Mal Atoll by end of 2021. OBLU SELECT at Tangalle, scheduled to open in 2023, will take the brand to the south coast of Sri Lanka.

Websites: ATMOSPHERE / ATMOSPHERE KANIFUSHI / VARU / OBLU Sangeli / OBLU Helengeli

Impressions and up-to-date information about Atmosphere Hotels Resorts can also be found on the social media pages of the resorts.

Facebook: ATMOSPHERE KANIFUSHI / VARU / OBLU Sangeli / OBLU Helengeli

Instagram: ATMOSPHERE KANIFUSHI / VARU / OBLU Sangeli / OBLU Helengeli

THE OZEN COLLECTION Websites: THE OZEN COLLECTION / OZEN LIFE MAADHOO / OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI