Howard C. Karawan has been appointed president and managing director of Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Karawan, who assumes his new position on Sept. 19, succeeds Paul Burke.
A luxury hospitality and gaming veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Karawan will make his return to Atlantis after previously holding the position of president and chief marketing officer for Kerzner International, the prior owner and operator of Atlantis. During his tenure at the company, Karawan was part of the senior leadership team that developed and managed Atlantis and spearheaded the creation and launch of the One&Only Resorts brand.
Following that position, Karawan served as chief operating officer and chief restructuring officer for Fontainebleau Resorts, where he was responsible for all aspects of the luxury resort, including financial, operations, marketing and the launch of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
In his new role, Karawan will lead the business development and overall strategic direction and growth of the property. He also will oversee the leadership and integration of the overall guest and employee experience, while managing the day-to-day operations of the resort.
"Atlantis, the Bahamas, and the Bahamian people hold a special place in my heart," says Karawan. "It is a privilege to be able to come back to this one-of-a-kind resort and work with the team of dedicated Atlantis employees committed to delivering a guest experience unlike any other and continuing to evolve Atlantis, which attracts holiday travelers from around the globe."
The 3,414-room Atlantis is built around a 141-acre waterscape, which includes fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools, water slides and river rides. Atlantis features the largest conference center meeting, and convention facility in the Caribbean, with more than 700,000 square feet of meeting space, including a state-of-the-art conference center, 200,000 square feet of indoor space and 500,000 square feet of outdoor space. The 50,000-square-foot Imperial Ballroom is the Caribbean's largest.