The Touchless Revolution

Contactless tech pre-dates the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the crisis accelerated the adoption of new technologies in the hospitality and travel industry. In our cover story for Issue 53, contributing editor Naufal Naeem ‘re-imagines’ the old ways by looking at the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated in how we interact with each other. For […]

Data & Destination

A successful destination brand is a successful storyteller, engaging your audience with an emotive narrative. We looked at the role of data analytics in destination promotion in the cover story for Hotelier Maldives Print Edition issue 52; out earlier this month. Our contributing editor Naufal Naeem, a sales and marketing professional with a special focus […]

Intrepid Travel Takes Lead in Responsible Travel with Decarbonisation Efforts

As global societies finally start to adjust to a world that is quite different to that of yesterday, the aftermath of COVID-19 has also started to reveal a peculiar change in consumers across all spheres of the world’s industries. From fashion to food, as well as travel and tourism, all these sectors report a “changed” […]

23 New Islands Up for Grabs! Massive Expansion Plan On the Way

The Maldivian government has recently announced 23 islands across 16 atolls to be developed as tourist facilities. This is part of the government’s efforts in initiating tourism development projects in the North and South of the country, closely in line with the government’s strategic action plan to deliver 35,000 new tourism beds by 2023. As […]

TripAdvisor Goes Down by A Billion in 2020

The world’s largest travel platform had suffered a whopping billion dollars due to the pandemic. Apart from cost cutting, the company has used recalibration and diversification as recovery measures. With strict border controls and restrictions on global mobility, the entire tourism industry was brought to a complete standstill by the pandemic. Suffering tremendous losses, the […]

Isle of Horses

A world of islands engulfed by a vast ocean of blue. Palm fringed shorelines embraced by rings of sand white as snow. The Maldives has always been well known for their tropical beauty, their rich marine ecosystems and the ultra-exclusive addresses where travelers can indulge in luxury lifestyle experiences. Now, the Maldives is adding a […]

A Fair Game

An Intervention As shock waves from the pandemic started being felt all over the globe, just as any other country in the world we weren’t spared from the devastation caused by this modern-day pestilence. As the entire tourism industry shut down almost overnight, state intervention was a necessity to safeguard our local economy. Countries have […]

Sun, Sand, Sea and City

HDC proposes development of a tourism island. Hulhumale From the blue waters across the coast of Male’ rose a city like nothing we’ve ever seen before. A city that brought hope, and a promise of a bright future. The city of Hulhumale’ was the answer to enable urban expansion and to bring some relief to […]

Manta Air Talks Expansion

Manta Air has announced plans to add further capacity to its current seaplane fleet, to bring in five new twin DHC-6 Twin Otter seaplanes by the end of 2021 to serve their robust domestic expansion plans. The new aircrafts will bring Manta Air’s fleet to a total of fifteen, including their ATR 72-600 turboprops that […]

Our Flight to Recovery

Aviation plays a crucial role as an enabler in the global tourism industry. It connects some of the most remote regions around the world with the global tourism source markets, bringing forth a substantial economic impact transforming their local economies. With a massive injection of foreign exchange along with a rise of employment opportunities across […]

Bubbles in the Glass

One of the most famous shapes in the world is the iconic contour fluted lines of the Coca-Cola bottle. Renowned as a design classic and described by noted industrial designer, Raymond Loewy as the “perfect liquid wrapper,” the bottle has been celebrated in art, music and advertising. When Andy Warhol wanted a shape to represent […]

The Nautilus Maldives: A World of Your Own Making

Forget what you think you know about luxury and then take a look at The Nautilus; the private island single-handedly redefining luxury’s meaning. Discreetly nestled away in the ever-stunning Baa atoll, the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – just 15 minutes away from the world-renowned Hanifaru Bay, The Nautilus is an ultra-luxe bohemian hideaway […]