Maldives President’s Tourism Gold Award conferred on Odisha-born hotelier Salil Panigrahi

 Monday, February 27, 2023 


Odisha born Salil Panigrahi, Managing Director of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, has been conferred with the coveted Pravasi Bharatiya Samman 2021 in the Tourism category by the President of India for his contribution to the Maldives tourism sector and for establishing links between India and the Maldives through his Indian Ocean Hospitality brand. The award recognises his outstanding contribution to the tourism industry via the establishment of recognised resorts in the Maldives, which has improved India’s image.

To mark its worldwide tourism presence, the Maldives is commemorating its golden jubilee year. As a result, in order to recognise the efforts of tourism stakeholders, Salil Panigrahi has been awarded the ‘Maldives President’s Tourism Gold Award’ for his excellent contributions to the island nation’s tourism industry.

With successful projects in the Maldives and forthcoming properties in Sri Lanka, Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts is now looking to expand into India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The business has already inked a few luxury hotel management agreements for its India operations and has many more in the pipeline under the guidance of Souvagya Mohapatra, Managing Director of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts for India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts is a rapidly expanding worldwide hospitality firm with eight properties in the Maldives with plans to develop further in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. AH&R’s unique portfolio includes The Ozen Collection, Colours of Oblu, and By Atmosphere.

With three separate new properties, the company’s success story continues. Ozen Mansion Kolkata, a sumptuous stately city experience in India, will open in the fourth quarter of 2023, and Ozen Prive’ Athiri Gili, a soulful, sustainable sanctuary on the Maldives isle, will open in the fourth quarter of 2024. Ozen Secluded, the company’s third planned resort, will be located in Sri Lanka.

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