Resort News Weekly Roundup

Joan Li appointed new Marine Biologist at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has appointed Joan Li as the new resident marine biologist to take forward the OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE) conservation initiative. A Chinese national from near the North Korean border, Joan says her new job is a dream posting.

Joan passed her first three levels of scuba diving at courses in Sipadan in Malaysia, one of the top dive spots in the world. In 2017, she got the opportunity to become an intern at a marine conservation group in Philippines, where she learning about coral reef monitoring, sea grass and mangrove ecosystems. “I conducted my own research. I carried out more than 200 underwater surveys, which taught me a lot – more than any textbook,” she says.

“In order to further pursue a career in marine biology and the diving industry, I found opportunities online. Outrigger had a position for a resident marine biologist. Working in the paradise of the Maldives was a very attractive proposition.” The total number of restored coral, under the Outrigger OZONE coral conservation programme, is now around 400 branches.

Outrigger established its coral restoration project three years ago through its previous marine biologist. “We’re now looking to involve more guests to join our coral restoration activities as well as showing them the wonderful underwater world. Right now, we have 19 coral frames restored underwater as well as stone piles with new coral growing on them,” Joan adds. To learn more about the programme, please visit outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/maldives.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi announces recruitment drive

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, the soon-to-be newest addition to the Maldives, is set to open up a recruitment drive. Nestled in the heart of South Male Atoll, the resort is just a 30 minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport. The resort will feature 119 Villas, 10 restaurants and a host of facilities for guests including a spa, two swimming pools, a Waldorf Kids Club and other recreational activities.

Looking ahead to its opening in Q1/2019, the resort will hold the Recruitment Open Day to showcase the range of career opportunities available in the unique resort. The Recruitment Open Day will be held from September 5 to 6 at Maagiri Hotel. “We are committed to growing individuals for their unique and individual personalities that will reflect in the service we aim to provide to our guests.  As part of Hilton we will also support their career aspirations through quality based training programmes, online learning and on the job training,” the resort said in a statement.

During the two days, candidates will have the opportunity to meet with the key decision makers at one go, reducing the usual delays associated with a typical recruitment process such as the back and forth in settings meeting timings with various stakeholders. The property is looking to fill vacancies in the following sectors: front office, housekeeping & laundry, culinary, food and beverage, team member restaurant & stewarding, finance, purchasing and IT, sales & marketing & reservations, engineering & landscaping, human resources, spa & recreation, security and transport.

Carpe Diem Maldives, Scripps Institution of Oceanography partner on 100 Island Challenge

Carpe Diem Maldives has announced plans to expand its Dive with a Purpose marine conservation programme this September in collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the United States of America. This year’s September Dive with a Purpose trip will initiate this collaboration with a week-long dive safari will replicate the methodology of the classical field surveys Scripps undertake, using innovative imaging and data technologies to archive reefs digitally and watch how populations change through time, according to Carpe Diem Maldives.

Recreational divers joining the cruise will learn how to take their own reef images to recreate a virtual reality of the dive using special software. According to Carpe Diem Maldives, during the Dive with a Purpose week on Carpe Vita from September 9 to 16, Dr Brian Zgliczynski, Project Director of the 100 Island Challenge will present to Carpe Diem’s guest divers the research work involved in the project and go diving with the Carpe Diem Maldives team and guests to lesser-known dive sites in Raa Atoll as they accomplish conservation tasks.

Introducing the 100 Island Challenge and establishing core sites of the 100 Island Challenge in the Raa Atoll region of the resort, the September Dive with a Purpose programme will include an introduction to 3D imaging of coral reefs. The visiting scientists from Scripps will demonstrate use of 3D imaging within the context of the 100 Island Challenge, introduce workflow and approach for 3D imaging to guest divers, and create 3D models from guest-collected imagery, providing them with a 3D image as a take-home memento for participating in the dive with a purpose week. For more information about the programme, please visit carpediemmaldives.com.