Diamonds Resorts Maldives teaches young Maldivians art of hospitality

Always looking to give back to the local community, Switzerland based PlanHotel Hospitality Group (Diamonds Resort Thudufushi and Athuruga) introduced last year its new International Hotel School in collaboration with the Amelia Rosso Foundation. This one-week programme, now in its second year of function, is designed to introduce the resort and tourism industry to young Maldivian adults, by teaching them the fundamentals of the job.

This year, 12 highly motivated students had the chance to learn from two renowned hospitality teachers from Switzerland: Paolo Zanga, who taught them about the Food and Beverage Department, as well as from Aleandro Zaccheo about hygiene measures in a resort. Subjects studied varied from table setting to the behaviour to adopt in a service environment.

On Saturday February 24, the small group visited the luxurious Diamonds Thudufusi Beach and Water Villas, accompanied by their teachers. They had the chance to visit the resort thoroughly, including the backstage scene, and to meet with employees who shared their experience working for the resort. Amongst these employees, Diamonds Resorts Executive Chef Giacomo Gaspari and invited Chef Thomas Dorfer from Jeunes Restaurateurs (JRE) shared their expertise about working in the industry and the vast opportunities for advancement.

The level of experience varied amongst the students from the group, but they were all delighted to have the chance to learn some new skills. They mentioned that one of the most important things they learned during the course is to always be smiling, as it is vital to a good service, and that they found the art of setting a table to be the most interesting subject they have learned.

The Maldivian students showed a high interest for the industry and most of them expressed a desire to work in a resort following the completion of this programme.

PlanHotel Hospitality Group has planned to carry on this program for a total of four years and hopes to be welcoming even more eager students next year for the third edition. Anyone interested should contact gm.thudufushi@diamonds-resorts.com for more information.

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