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 […]

Silver Sands Boat Yard – Built to Precision

From Silver Sands, Sea Gear to Pure Shores More than two decades ago, Silver Sands began its journey as an inbound travel agency. As the business expanded, the company began to offer an innovative “total solution” service to resorts. Its concept of operating the dive & watersport centers, fishing activities and excursions by providing an […]

Taking it Easy in Paradise: Innahura Maldives

Affordable adventure and laid-back experiences coexist in perfect harmony within a tropical island resort surrounded by natural luxury. Described as an ‘unpretentious gem’ this island has an emerald centre, fringed by pure white beaches and bright aqua lagoon plus charming Maldivianstyle beach bungalows. Whether playing beach sports, gliding over the water on a tandem sea […]

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 […]

COVID-19 AND THE GIG ECONOMY

AN IMPOSSIBILITY TO A REALITY Once thought to be an impossible economic sector, given the geographical limitations, isolation and lack of infrastructure, the Maldivian tourism industry will soon be marking its 50th anniversary in two years’ time.  Unyielding to the viability assessment and opinion of the United Nations, the Maldives had entered a new dawn […]

Find out what potential guests like and dislike about your resort with Brand Auditor

According to a 2019 survey, over 80 per cent of first time Maldives travellers see resorts to be ‘mostly similar’. The same survey suggests that most travellers choose to book a resort with attractive product presentation, clear differentiation, and straightforward marketing communication. Despite the Maldives having over 130 unique resorts, this perception simply cannot be […]

KEDGE EXPERT OPINION – Evidence mounts that eco-friendly wine tastes better

Consumers have shown that they are willing to pay extra for organic produce grown without pesticides, even if it does not taste better. That has not been the case for organic wine. Organic-labeled wines generally sell at prices similar to those of non-organic wines. And that is despite growing evidence that they actually do taste […]

Emerging band, Equatic Vibe talks about its evolution on the Equator.

(with additional contributions by Donna Richardson and Lana Hafeez) In a country where music is not encouraged as a career path, many artists are breaking this social stigma through dedication and utter devotion to their craft. This describes local band ‘Equatic Vibe’, winning the hearts of fans in the Maldives’ five-star resorts as well as […]

Tourism Indicators: Hope and Recovery amid the Pandemic

The year 2020 began with hope and positive expectations for Maldivian tourism industry, achieving a monthly growth rate of 14% in international tourist arrival for the month of January compared to January 2019. Yet, within just few weeks, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic led to an immense global health crisis, worldwide panic, uncertainty and […]

A Tribute – Dr Ibrahim Umar Maniku 1952-2020

Main Photo: Dr Ibrahim Umar Maniku (far right) with senior members of his team at The Nautilus.  With the passing of Dr Ibrahim Umar Maniku, on 25 November 2020, Maldives has lost one of its favourite sons. Dr, as everyone knew him, was an anaesthesiologist by training and an entrepreneur in spirit. His contribution to […]