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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 […]


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, […]


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 – 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 […]


COMO Shambhala Retreat, COMO Cocoa Island

COMO Shambhala is not just an experience, it’s a journey. I have caught a glimpse of it on COMO Cocoa Island, at the COMO Shambhala Retreat which takes up half the land on the small resort. The area is also home to a steam room and specialised pool for hydrotherapy.   […]


Wellness at One&Only Reethi Rah

We meet up with Angie Tai, spa associate director at One&Only Reethi Rah for a chat about keeping your mind and body on a healing path. She heads a team of 40 so you can imagine how important wellness is at the Reethi Rah. We talk about visiting practitioners, incorporating […]