Kym Barter

General Manager and Senior Vice President of Operations at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai


Kym Barter, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Operations at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai, has over three decades of experience in luxury hospitality and food and beverage and has held senior management positions across North America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Barter joined Atlantis, Dubai in May 2021 as Vice President of Atlantis, Dubai’s extensive food and beverage operation, before being appointed General Manager and Senior Vice President of Operations at Atlantis, The Palm in June 2023. Barter's current role places him at the helm of Atlantis, The Palm, where he oversees all aspects of the iconic resort, enhancing financial and operational performance while sharing his passion for exceptional guest experiences. Barter's remit includes the 1,548-room resort, as well as 35 world-renowned restaurants and bars, an extensive MICE & Events offering, retail avenues and AWAKEN Spa & Fitness.

Prior to joining Atlantis Dubai, Barter served in a variety of leadership positions most immediately as Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, where he led the strategic direction of the culinary operation for 21 dining experiences and 11 bars, including Wing Lei, the only Forbes five-star Chinese restaurant in North America.

Prior to this, Barter held the prestigious role of Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage at Wynn Palace, Macau, where as an integral member of the pre-opening leadership team, Barter supported the strategic direction of the $4.5 billion integrated resort, overseeing a division consisting of 1,700 team members, managing day-to-day operations and executing strategic business plans for 13 dining outlets. Under his dynamic leadership, Wynn Palace’s signature Japanese restaurant, Sushi Mizumi, earned its Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award in 2018 and he spearheaded the organising committee for the 2018 San Pellegrino Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants.

Barter’s earlier experience includes a leadership role within Nobu Hospitality where he oversaw the food and beverage development of new hotels in Miami, London, Riyadh and Manila, as well as General Manager of Food & Beverage at Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. Prior to joining Crown Melbourne, Barter held Director of Food & Beverage roles with various hotels throughout Asia, including the InterContinental Bangkok, Shangri-La's China World Hotel, Beijing and the flagship Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong.

Barter enjoys a wide range of activities including entertaining, travelling, dining out, and experiencing new cultures, which he has been able to embrace in the seven countries he has lived in. He is joined in Dubai by his wife, Carmen, with whom he has been travelling around the world since 2003.