IATA figures show dip in demand for air travel around the world from 2019

The latest figures from IATA show that demand for air travel in November 2021, measured in revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), was down 47 per cent compared to November 2019 and 48.9 per cent in October 2019, according to a report in TNA News. International passenger demand in November was 60.5 per cent below November 2019, bettering […]

GM’s View: Idu Ribeiro, W Maldives

As 2021 draws to a close, Idu Ribeiro reflects on his one-year anniversary as general manager of W Maldives.  With twenty-four years of international experience in the hospitality industry prior to joining the island, Idu has held leadership positions in five countries. He began his career as a Valet Parker in Boston, USA for Marriott […]

Marriott Set to Open 30 Luxury Hotels in 2022

Marriott confirmed at ILTM Cannes that it is poised to open more than 30 hotels worldwide in 2022. With seven properties already in the Maldives, including the J. W Marriott, St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, W Maldives, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Ritz Carlton Fari Islands and Le […]

Visitor Numbers Take Top-flight in 2021, Ready for the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in 2022

As 2021 draws to a close, tourism in the Maldives is flying high and thriving, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. From 1 January to 25 November 2021, there were 1,126,539 arrivals to the Maldives and 29th October 2021, was the date that the archipelago reached its one million visitor target. Emerging as the top market five […]

Suppliers You Should Know: Tropico

For this Suppliers You Should Know, we’re shining the spotlight on Tropico Pvt Ltd. Tropico Pvt Ltd offers a full-service distribution channel of high-end gelato, coffee and beverage-related supplies to the Maldivian tourism industry. The owners of Tropico Pvt Ltd, bring together a wealth of expertise and experience in the Maldivian Tourism and Food & […]

Meet the Icon Behind the Fashion Label Raidhas Maldives

Raidhas Maldives is a Maldivian fashion label specialising in women’s clothes. From ‘ready to wear’ to party dresses, vibrant collections are a direct reflection of owner/designer Raidha Shafeeg. Her philosophy poetically combines her appreciation for the traditional and classic with the modern fashion needs of today’s woman of style. And her creations particularly appeal to females who […]

GM’s View: Gavin Sanders, Radisson Blu Resort Maldives

Gavin Sanders is the general manager of Radisson Blu Resort Maldives, the first and only of its kind in the archipelago. With over three decades of experience, Gavin has taken to his new role as GM of this splendid island with gusto. Before arriving in the Maldives, Sanders was general manager of Radisson Golf and […]

Atmosphere to Open Two Resorts in Maldives Under Colours of Oblu Brand

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts’ new brand Colours of Oblu is set to open two new resorts next year. These include the highly anticipated Oblu Select Lobigili in February and Oblu Xperience Ailafushi in March. Located in North Malé Atoll, both resorts offer activities for families, couples, honeymooners, or global nomads. The pristine beaches, turquoise lagoon […]

Interview with DJ Akram from Kandima Maldives

DJing is a way of life for DJ Akram who grew up in the Maldives. He is renowned at Kandima for spinning the decks. Hotelier Maldives caught up with him to find out more about what it is like to be a DJ. HM: Tell me about your background. Where did you grow up? DJA: […]

Meet Oreste Traetto, Resident Manager, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort

Oreste Traetto joins the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa as resident manager with almost three decades experience in senior management at hotels across the globe. He began his career in 1993 with Club Med and evolved within the ACCOR Group. Originally from Livorno Italy, he specialises in hotel opening, preopening and operation budget as well as aspects […]

GM Forum ’21; Maldives Looking to a Busy Season to End the Year

Panel Discussion on  ‘Trends in Destination Marketing’, featuring Thoyyib Mohamed of Visit Maldives and Abdulla Ghiyas of PATA Maldives Chapter at Hotelier Maldives GM Forum ‘21 UK online searches for the Maldives have hit the roof since the announcement they were coming off the UK’s travel red list. Abdulla Ghiyas, Chair of PATA, Maldives Chapter, told […]

The Tale of Veligandu

Within a luxurious blue kingdom, one can find one of the most authentic resorts in the Maldives. Veligandu Island Resort and Spa, in the North Ari atoll is one of the Maldives’ founding resorts that retains its original charm as it entices honeymooners today. The secluded haven of Veligandu Island Resort and Spa is a […]