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Jonas Amstad

A Swiss national who’s very familiar with Russia and Ukraine, Jonas Amstad, general manager, LUX* South Ari has had experiences that will likely crush the average person. Fluent in Russian, he was in Crimea when the annexation happened, his hotel in Donetsk was occupied by the armed forces. He’s seen… […]

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Bradley Calder

Cluster general manager, Hurawalhi Island Resort & Kudadoo Maldives Bradley Calder is a Kiwi, mentored by several hospitality professionals as he worked around the world, but none more so than Brian Clivaz, a respected and renowned figure in British hospitality. Brad was into tourism from the get-go and jumped a […]

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Patrice Aira

We travel down to Ari Atoll and sit with Patrice Aira, Lily Beach Resort’s general manager. His journey in hospitality began in Seattle during the grunge era and he had a stint in Toronto before moving all the way to Sharm al-Sheikh. A seasoned GM, Patrice spent most of his […]

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Meenakshi Sundaram

Born in Chennai, India, Meenakshi Sundaram is probably one of the least likely people to have made a career in the hospitality industry. He has an academic background in zoology, is certified in library and information science, and had other dreams but circumstances led him to a hotel in his […]

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Michael Wieser

This time, Hotel Insider meets up with Michael Wieser, an experienced Austrian with three decades of hospitality behind him. He’s no stranger to luxury, having managed Sheraton Hotels and Le Meridian properties in the late 90s and early 2000s. He’s also spent several years in the Middle East working with […]

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Mark Hehir

This time around, Hotel Insider visits Amilla Fushi and sits down with Mark Hehir, CEO & Curator of TSMIC. Mark, who has decades of experience with luxury brands, is responsible for Amilla Fushi, Finolhu and Huvafen Fushi. We go over what gives TSMIC the ability and confidence to compete in […]

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Benjamin Kreuz

Hotel Insider meets Benjamin Kreuz, general manager of COMO Cocoa Island. Benjamin has a strong background in hospitality, having worked with luxury international brands in the USA, Europe and China. Also, he is, in more ways than one, married to the Maldives. We talk about how he was drawn to […]

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Abdulla Thamheed

Hotel Insider sits down with Abdulla Thamheed, a homegrown general manager who oversees The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in Noonu Atoll. Thamheed speaks about his introduction to hospitality, the milestones of his career, what’s good about operating a resort in Noonu Atoll, and, as this issue celebrates working women, ways […]