Atlantis, The Palm, the five-star destination resort located on The Palm Island in Dubai, appointed Timothy Kelly as GM and SVP of operations.
Directly reporting to Serge Zaalof, COO for Atlantis Resorts & Residences, Kelly will oversee all operations, strategic direction, management and continued growth of Atlantis, The Palm. This also includes additional responsibility for all administrative, retail, food & beverage, banqueting & special events, marine & waterpark and recreational services.
With more than 25 years of international experience, Kelly joins Atlantis, The Palm from Wynn Resorts, where he managed multiple property portfolios in Las Vegas, Macau and Cotai as well as being instrumental in the successful opening of Wynn Palace Resort and Casino in Macau in 2016. Prior to joining Wynn Resorts, Kelly was the VP of hotel operations at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., where he managed all brands in the portfolio with 6,760 rooms consisting of MGM Grand, West Wing, Skylofts, Mansion and The Signature Residences.
“With a wealth of international experience in the general management of public and privately owned integrated hotel, restaurant, and resort operations, the appointment of Timothy Kelly supports Atlantis, The Palm’s continued commitment to enhance and redefine the guest experience. Timothy has obtained exceptional operational expertise with a proven history of excelling within leadership roles and we look forward to supporting him in continuing this journey with Atlantis, The Palm,” Serge Zaalof, COO for Atlantis Resorts & Residences, said in a statement.
Kelly’s leadership excellence earned him the position as the first representative of Forbes Travel Guide’s Service Advisory Committee, representing the Asia-Pacific region on five-star luxury service and maintenance standards. He was also appointed to the Nevada Hotel Lodging Association's board of directors for six years, lobbying the state legislature on bills that would support the integrated resort industry. In addition, in 2009 Kelly was recognized with a lifetime membership by Les Clefs d’Or International for his work and support of concierge services worldwide. Kelly graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1993, with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration and is expecting to receive his Master of Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2018.