Under the Southern Cross: Observations on Addu Atoll’s development and future

The southernmost atoll of the Maldives, Addu Atoll, is steeped in history and culture, home to remnants of the British colonial endeavour, a unique dialect and some of the country’s most esteemed scholars and businessmen. Now more commonly referred to as Addu City, it’s the country’s largest population centre after Malé. The inhabitants of Addu […]

A Day in the Life of Roshan Pereira

Roshan Pereira, a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka, embarked on his career in hospitality in 1996 with the Riverina Hotel in Aluthgama. After a stint at Jet Wing Hotel in Galle, Roshan came to Diamonds Athuruga in 2003 as a bar waiter, through an opportunity he received from a relative working with Trans Maldivian Airways. […]

Ana Roš: The story of a self-taught master

Named World’s Best Female Chef for 2017, the Slovenian culinary phenomenon, Ana Roš, is a striking personality, exuding an air of confidence that is almost infectious. And when you talk to her, you realise that it comes, to an extent, from her incredible journey. Throughout our conversation, her wit and intelligence – she is conversant […]

Here today, gone tomorrow: the world of travel as a fast-paced, ruthless ecosystem

The world of travel is an ever-changing ecosystem whose components must be fit for survival or face extinction. Today’s traveller is different from her ancestor of twenty years ago; though motivations remain largely the same, her modus operandi and her expectations have changed significantly. This owes greatly to the shifting technological landscape; what was once […]

Best Dives’ SEMI-SUBMARINE a big hit

Best Dives Pvt. Ltd., the company that unveiled one of the country’s first semi-submarines at Jumeirah Vittaveli last year, reports their semi-sub excursion is a roaring success. The semi-sub, which accommodates fourteen people, makes four daily trips at Jumeirah Vittaveli due to immense popularity. “It’s an absolute hit with guests, especially children,” says Trevor Bowden, […]

Bridging the Gap – Maldivian

National Carrier Maldivian is owned and operated by Island Aviation Services Ltd and is the leading domestic carrier of the country. Graduating from its role as the dominant domestic carrier in the country; Maldivian commenced its first regional operations on 25th January 2008 with the first flight to Trivandrum, India. Today, Maldivian the nation’s carrier operates […]

Dusit International joins hands with Japanese E-hotel chain

Thailand based Dusit International has partnered with Japanese E-hotel chain operator Colours International to create Dusit Colours Co. Ltd., hotelnewsresource.com reports. This venture marks Dusit’s debut in Japan. Dusit Colours will develop and operate Dusit-branded lodgings and hotel management related education. The two companies are expected to develop a distinctive hotel franchise model incorporating the […]

Tomorrow’s booking tech today

Airlines are usually conservative when it comes to booking systems but recently they have begun to experiment with new ways of selling, Skift reports. Loyalty French tech startup Travelaer created a reservation engine that integrated Icelandair’s stopover programme, letting people add Iceland as a stop for free in any itinerary. Also, mixing loyalty and cash […]

Asia Pacific Hotels deliver a mixed performance

Global data benchmarking and analytics company STR has revealed hotels in the Asia Pacific delivered mixed results in three performance metrics during February this year. Occupancy rates for the region increased slightly to 68.7% in February 2017, up from 63.6% in the same period in 2016. This increase was largely driven by Northeastern Asia, whose […]

Airbnb gets a facelift in China

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky has announced a set of plans for conquering the Chinese market, Skift reports. Part of the plans include rebranding Airbnb in China to Aibiying, meaning “welcome each other with love,” and the introduction of its newest product, “Airbnb Trips” in Shanghai that feature peer-to-peer tours and activities. The company […]

The GM’s View: Vishal Singh, General Manager- Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives

Vishal Singh is the General Manager at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives. With a hospitality background that spans two decades, he kicked off his career with Taj in Mumbai. He hopped up the ranks through F&B and has overseen several properties in India before arriving in the Maldives in March 2012. An experienced hotelier, […]

2017 another strong year for airlines – IATA

2017 is going to be another strong year for airline profits, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced on their website. The association has forecasted an industrywide net profit of 29.8 billion USD and a total revenue of 736 billion USD. “Airlines continue to deliver strong results. Even though conditions in 2017 will be […]