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UNDP Maldives

Bridging Development Needs and Private Businesses

I thought I was dreaming! The Private sector was interested in our work?! Development work?! I looked around the table, my colleagues and I were all wearing the same expression. We looked shocked. Ahmed Yaamin from UNDP Maldives writes. Our project manager had just told us that Soneva Fushi, one […]

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Women’s Participation in Tourism

With proper planning and integration of strong gender perspectives tourism can help promote equality on a local, national and global scale. This article looks at the challenges to women’s participation in the tourism sector and how we could increase their contribution. Over the past few decades, due to consistent expansion […]

Resort Review

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi – a foodie island

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is a striking island with a luxurious stretch of white sand encircling it. Its lagoon is clear as Listerine, a captivating sight as the seaplane descends. The plane docks by the jetty and I disembark, tired from the hour-long trip, but filled with a nervous […]

Spotlight

Spotlight – Huya in Harmony

Hotel Insider caught up with Huya to find out more about her career and her thoughts on working within the tourism sector of the Maldives. Huyam Mohamed, popularly known as Huya, has been performing at various resorts in the Maldives for the past 5 to 6 years. Currently she plays […]

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Can tourist developments ever be sustainable?

Sustainability must be at the heart of any contemporary tourism endeavour. Based on the paper wirtten by J. Purandare from the School of Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh. The paper titled “Sustainable Resort Developments in Sensitive Environments – How can tourist developments in popular tourist destinations, such as […]

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Spotlight – Aishath Shifaza

Hotel Insider speaks with working women across the tourism industry in the country and discusses various issues and opportunities within the industry. Aishath Shifaza (Shifa) has been working in hospitality for eight years. Today, she’s the assistant human resource manager at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Hotel Insider sits down […]

Word from the top

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 […]

In the boardroom

Najib Khan

A Chat with  Najib Khan – CEO,  Ooredoo Maldives. The Maldives is experiencing a surge in tourism development. In a highly competitive market, luxury resorts are compelled to find new ways to meet the needs of the tech savvy contemporary traveller. Ooredoo Maldives, not merely a company with telecom credentials, […]

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Return of the traditional travel agent

The past decade has witnessed the decline of traditional travel agencies on the back of the meteoric rise of online travel agencies (OTAs) such as Agoda and Expedia. Old school travel agents seemed to be on their last breath. But in the past couple of years they seem to be […]

Conversation

Conversation – Hussain Afeef

For this installment of Conversation, Hotel Insider has a chat with tourism pioneer Hussain Afeef (Champa). Among other things, we talk about the Maldives’ increase in bed capacity and what that entails, whether the Maldives is losing its luxury tag, developments down south in Addu and we close with some […]