Raffles Maldives Meradhoo appoints Varun Bharadwaja as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

Varun is a seasoned hotelier and brings with him over 17 years of sales and marketing experience in the hospitality industry to Raffles Maldives.

Varun’s journey to hospitality is like a tale straight out of a Bollywood movie, a computer science graduate who found his passion for hospitality over helping one of his colleague open up a restaurant in Delhi. Despite the new found interest he ended up interning at a bank while pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration, but never grew fond of it. Eventually he got ‘the call’ and had to take that life changing train journey to be part of the Indian Hotels Company Limited.

Varun, who began his career as a Sales Executive with the Indian Hotels Company Limited Corporate Office in 2005 grew in length and breadth in his career as a young hotelier, bagging several accolades such as the Best Sales Manager in 2009, Alumni Excellence Award in 2010 and more. In 2013, given his fervent character in driving business he was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, making him the group’s youngest Director of Sales and Marketing, yet another feat in his career in the industry. After his decade long stint in India, he was then reassigned to the Maldives as the Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Taj Coral Reef Resort & Spa. After 3+ years stint with them, Varun decided to elevate his learning and exposure within the industry by joining the Marriott International. In this role, he successfully launched The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort in a compact timeframe of 6 months and continued to see the pre-opening through opening and post opening for three years, contributing the resort’s pivotal success.  

After completing 3 years with Marriott International, Varun takes on the Accor Group’s Legendary Raffles Maldives Meradhoo as it’s newly appointed Director of Sales and Marketing. At the southern end of the Maldives, in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean, this uniquely idyllic resort that offers its legendary service of Raffles, is assured to propel further, opening new endeavors with Varun’s vision for yet another success story in due time. In his capacity, he will be key in implementing strategies to increase topline revenues and profitability, increase market share and brand awareness across geographies.  

A sought out visionary leader in the hospitality sector and today, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo celebrates another Heartist with a soul and passion to drive an everlasting change. A mentor at heart, the heartists at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo are confident to see a new paradigm shift yet with a positive new profound breath to the resort. We at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo wish Varun all the very best in his new found venture here at our beautiful Oasis in the Indian Ocean.

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