Dubai-based hospitality firm JA Resorts & Hotels has announced the appointment of Anthony Ross as the company’s new chief executive.
Ross, an Australian hotelier and corporate strategist, joins JA Resorts & Hotels from Indonesian-based Aryaduta Hotel Group where he was chief executive.
He has more than 30 years’ industry leadership experience in the hospitality sector, spanning roles in multiple continents.
Previously the executive vice president for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, he oversaw 120 hotels in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
Ross contributes an ownership approach and in-depth understanding of hotel operations, having been both a unit general manager alongside developing and operating his own luxury lodge in New Zealand.
He has managed independent hotels in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia, spending several years with Swire Hotels, where he was the group’s area general manager for China.
Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in business, catering and hotel management from Victoria University in Melbourne.
He said: “The team has done a great job in delivering ‘heartfelt hospitality’ and ‘casual luxury’ across our diverse portfolio from the gorgeous JA Manafaru in the Maldives, to our Dubai resorts and Bateaux Dubai.
“We aim to enhance how our guests experience both brand values, expand and deepen our reach and eventually bring heartfelt hospitality to new destinations in the region and beyond.”
JA Resorts & Hotels comprehensively rebranded itself five years ago and has since entered two new international destinations, now operating properties in the UAE, Seychelles and Maldives.
Its portfolio covers hotels, resorts, restaurants, leisure and sports facilities, event venues and a catering division.
JA Resorts & Hotels is owned by the Dutco Group of companies and employs approaching 2,000 associates across an inspiring portfolio and is proud of its rich diversity of cultures and nationalities.