Maldives.net.mv – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific held its ‘Run to Give’ charity run in 105 locations across Asia Pacific. As part of this Asia Pacific-wide initiative, 2 Starwood Hotels in the Maldives, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa joined hands to support of Home for People with Special Needs in Guraidhoo and and W Retreat & Spa – Maldives in support of Himandhoo School. Run to Give also marks the kick-off in Asia Pacific of Together As One (TAO), Starwood’s annual global volunteer campaign.
Now in its second year, Starwood has dedicated the entire month of October to TAO to encourage additional volunteer efforts and also celebrate its associates’ volunteer work that takes place year-round throughout the world, making a positive impact in their communities. Across Asia Pacific, Starwood associates have volunteered more than 6500 hours of community service in 2014 alone.
“Run to Give underscores Starwood’s commitment to drive meaningful impact to the local communities as we recognize that the vitality of our business is directly linked to the vitality of the places where we operate,” said Stephen Ho, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “Last year was the first time we organized the charity run to immense response; this year with the continued support from our associates, we are confident that Run to Give will accomplish more than we ever could alone.”
The run at Sheraton Maldives participated by guests and associates started from one of the island at Arrival Pavilion with the route taking participants by the Shine Spa, Sheraton Club Lounge, Fitness Center and ending in Beach Bar. Maldives current national record holder in multiple categories and Dhiraagu brand ambassador Mr. Hassan Saaid also joined the participants in support of the cause. The event concluded with the entertainment of traditional Bodu Beru performances on the beach.
The race held at W Retreat & Spa – Maldives was divided into 2 KM race and 0.5KM swim. The route saw guests and W talents swimming and running across the island. Each participant mixed and mingled at FIRE Beach after the race to sip on bespoke cocktails while listening to the vibrant tunes curated by the new Music Curator, Erica Rhone.
Started in 2014 as Hotel Charity Run, the inaugural event saw an overwhelming response of over 20,000 runners take part in 92 locations across Asia Pacific; raising a total of close to USD 228,000. Associates from Starwood hotels all over the region organized these unique runs to raise funds for a local charity in which their hotels operated in. This year, the run took on the official event name‘Run to Give’ – chosen amongst close to 500 internal submission entries by Starwood associates, best representing the spirit of the charity event.
Run to Give expects to gather more than 75 Starwood associates, running enthusiasts and philanthropists. Funds raised through the charity run in the Maldives will go towards Home for People with Special Needs in Guraidhoo and Himandhoo School to support education’s program for underprivileged children and help people with special needs.
Canareef Resort Maldives broadens global reach with new sales representatives in Russia and the UK/Ireland Markets
Canareef Resort Maldives has appointed Sales Representatives for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland. This expansion is part of the resort’s broader vision for global development and increased tourist engagement.
SEA Company Takes the Helm in Russia and CIS
Canareef Resort Maldives has welcomed SEA Company as its Sales Representative for Russia and the CIS countries. SEA Company, headquartered in Moscow, has been a prominent player in the Russian hotel business since 2013, earning accolades such as the “Best PR and Consulting Agency in the Field of Tourism in Russia” at the Global Hospitality Awards in 2019.
Andrey Shemyakin, Managing Partner of SEA Company, expressed confidence in Canareef Resort Maldives, emphasizing the resort’s appeal to Russian and CIS tourists. With the Maldives consistently ranking among the top destinations for winter vacations, the partnership aims to cater to the diverse preferences of travelers, especially families with children seeking comprehensive amenities.
Russia remains a leading source of tourists to the Maldives, making the collaboration between Canareef Resort Maldives and SEA Company a strategic move to tap into this lucrative market.
Red Tree Representation Takes Charge in the UK and Ireland
Simultaneously, Canareef Resort Maldives announced its partnership with Red Tree Representation, a move designed to solidify its standing in the UK and Irish markets. Red Tree, boasting over 15 years of experience, specializes in product, marketing, and contracting roles with leading UK tour operators.
The partnership aims to capitalize on Red Tree’s extensive industry knowledge and contacts to promote Canareef Resort Maldives and the scenic Addu Atoll. The UK market, being one of the largest sources of tourist arrivals to the Maldives, presents a significant opportunity for the resort to expand its reach and increase tourist inflows.
Mohamed Jaish Ibrahim, Resort Director of Canareef Maldives, highlighted the resort’s commitment to making the Maldives an accessible luxury for a broader audience. The collaboration with Red Tree Representation is seen as a crucial step towards achieving this goal.
Nestled in the southernmost atoll of the Maldives, Addu—a UNESCO biosphere reserve—Canareef Resort Maldives spans 42 hectares of secluded island paradise. With 271 villas, offering breathtaking views of the pristine Indian Ocean, Canareef is your ideal destination for a romantic escape, adventurous family vacation, or a memorable group trip. Immerse yourself in the beauty and wonders of Addu Atoll at Canareef Resort Maldives.
Atmosphere Core expands in South Asia with Atmosphere Living ultra-luxury residences
Atmosphere Core, a globally renowned name in hospitality, has announced the launch of Atmosphere Living as part of its continued expansion in South Asia. Headquartered in India, this new company will offer branded ultra-luxury residences with customised end-to-end amenities and indulgences, including coffee lounges, wine cellars, private transport, and bespoke concierge services.
The global branded residences market has experienced a remarkable 150 percent growth over the past decade, and projections indicate a surge in demand. With the real estate veteran Sandeep Ahuja at the helm as Managing Director, Atmosphere Living is strategically positioned to capitaliSe on this demand.
Atmosphere Living will focus on a conscious design philosophy. All properties will be built in harmony with the environment and will incorporate features such as smart recycling, efficient waste and water management, and green energy solutions.
Sharing his insights on the launch, Salil Panigrahi, Managing Director, Atmosphere Core, said, “Atmosphere Living will bring a distinctive offering to India, and is a brand to watch out for. It will combine Ahuja’s decades of experience, knowledge, and industry network in real estate with Atmosphere’s hospitality expertise, introducing unparalleled serviced residences in India.”
Positioned in major metropolitan areas, established second-home destinations, and undiscovered scenic locales nationwide, these projects will also present lucrative investment opportunities. Elite homeowners will have the option to lease their residences back to Atmosphere Living, allowing them to be rented out for income generation.
Sandeep Ahuja, Managing Director, Atmosphere Living, said, “There is currently a gap in the Indian realty landscape for ultra-indulgent serviced homes catering to affluent consumers. We aim to bridge this gap by curating serviced homes that offer indulgences such as entering homes using smart key cards, 24/7 butler services, fine dining, and co-working spaces, among others. Our ultimate desire is to enable our customers to experience a life of true luxury and exclusivity.”
Maldives crowned World’s Leading Destination for fourth consecutive year
Maldives on Friday won the World’s Leading Destination accolade at the World Travel Awards 2023, making it the fourth consecutive top title win for Maldives.
In addition to the World’s Leading Leading Destination Award, the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) also won the World’s Leading Tourist Board award for the second year in a row.
The awards were presented at a gala held in Dubai Friday evening.
The Maldives successfully secured the title of the World’s Leading Destination in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The World’s Leading Destination title is the most distinguished in the annual programme, which itself is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive award in the global travel industry.
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