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International Hotel & Resort Butler Training in Maldives

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Maldives.net.mv – On the 12th of September 2016, the South African Butler Academy will host their next 10-day “open” International Hotel & Resort Butler Training in the Maldives.

The renowned butler school have partnered with the exquisite Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa which is centrally located and only 15 minutes from Male’. With their 156 guest rooms and 20 ocean pool villas, furnished in tropical style and equipped with the finest amenities, this is the perfect location to host the course that is already fully booked.

With so many hospitality professionals in the predominantly tourist-driven Maldives, the South African Butler Academy realised that there is so much more to offer in the service industry.  More individuals will get the opportunity to up skill themselves in order to become ambassadors to this industry.

This gives the opportunity to graduate as a Certified International Butler from the leading Butler School in the World.

For more information, please visit site at www.thebutlerschool.com, like us on www.facebook.com/Butleracademy  or follow us on twitter.com/butleracademy

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Hilton earns top honors as World’s Best Workplace and Great Place to Work

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For the first time ever, Hilton has been named the  No.1 World’s Best Workplace by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work. This recognition  – the culmination of eight consecutive appearances on the “World’s Best” list – also marks the  first time a hospitality company has achieved the top honor in this best-in-class program.  

In another first, Hilton was certified as a Great Place to Work in the Maldives earlier this year,  celebrating a workplace culture where team members are encouraged to pursue their  passions, draw upon their unique experiences, and be their authentic selves at work as they  deliver exceptional stays for all guests.  

These awards are a testament to Hilton’s continuous efforts to build an inclusive, purpose driven workplace culture that provides growth opportunities and robust support for team  members to achieve their potential and thrive.  

Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa continues to foster an environment for local talent to  flourish, empowering Maldivian professionals who have developed within the group to  progress along their career paths.  

Key figures at the resort include Director of Operations Ahmed Anees, who is the first  Maldivian professional to be elevated to this role within Hilton’s portfolio of brands in the  country; Bars and Beverage Manager Ali Hamdan, and sommelier Gasim Ibrahim. 

Anees’ 18 years of experience encompass a variety of roles, such managing transport,  housekeeping and front office operations for both Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and Waldorf  Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. His years of overseeing housekeeping also led him to co-found  the Maldives Housekeepers Association, the country’s largest and sole nationally recognized  association, where he advocates for training and development, and provides professional  support.  

Ali Hamdan joined Conrad Maldives as a bar attendant and was promoted to bartender within  three years. His growth as a mixologist was enhanced by plentiful opportunities to train in  various locations, from a Singaporean brewery to a Japanese sake house and the great  Champagne houses of France. He is the first Maldivian mixologist certified by the International  Bartenders Association.  

Like Hamdan, Gasim Ibrahim began his Conrad Maldives stint as an F&B attendant, and it  was there that he came under the tutelage of the head sommelier and began his education in  earnest. Over a decade later, he is now one of the rare Maldivian sommeliers working in the  industry and is currently completing his WSET Level 3 certification.  

While at Conrad Maldives, both Hamdan and Gasim competed with distinction at the Hilton  South East Asia Food & Beverage (SEA F&B) Masters, an annual series of rigorous  competitions designed to showcase the best F&B talent across Hilton properties in the region  on an international level. 

Another valuable benefit of working with Hilton is career mobility. This facilitates the seamless  exchange of skills and brings a diverse range of perspectives and expertise to the  organization, which is evident in the team make-up. 

Other team members such as Executive Housekeeper Hussain Visham, Front Office Manager Ali Shunaiz and Purchasing Manager Adam Ali, all of whom were previously from Waldorf  Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, brought their invaluable experience to Hilton Maldives Amingiri  Resort & Spa, and are fundamental to the smooth operations at the resort.  

Similarly, HR Manager Nani Rasheed, IT Manager Naji Mohamed, Restaurant Manager  Mohamed Niyaz, and Laundry Manager Abdulla Shareef all came from Conrad Maldives, and  other team members, like Duty Manager Sajid Bushry, joined from overseas Hilton properties  and contributed a wealth of multicultural perspectives. 

Resort leaders are actively involved in nurturing young professionals. Anees mentors fellow  Maldivian and Hilton SEA Management Trainee Hassan Visam throughout an 18-month  program designed to develop him for the Duty Manager role.  

Regular career workshops are a staple feature of resort activities, as are networking and  coaching sessions through the Women Team Members Resource Group. Team members are  also able to access specialist certifications, such as the childcare certification from Worldwide  Kids that was recently awarded to the Krakengiri Kids’ Club team.  

Community Collaborations 

Hilton continues to build purposeful relationships within the community, empowering team  members to pursue meaningful initiatives that lead to a lasting positive impact.  

IT Manager Naji Mohamed champions Hilton’s Travel with Purpose initiatives. These include a recent visit to Maafushi School in North Male Atoll where Team Members distributed educational children’s literature to the students and water dispensers for the school. 

The resort also partnered with Maldives National University to provide internship and career opportunities for the next generation of young hospitality leaders. The first intake culminated  in an intern’s successful integration as a regular member of the culinary team.  

Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty  program for Hilton’s 22 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly on the hotel’s website  will have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to  choose nearly any combination of points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount,  free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors app.  

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Chef David Hemmerle at InterContinental Maldives’ The Lighthouse this festive season

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Chef David Hemmerle, a leading chef originally from France and now based in Moscow, will be visiting InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort and taking over The Lighthouse restaurant in December.

The Lighthouse has a 360-degree view of the resort and the sparkling Indian Ocean below, offering the finest seasonal ingredients and seafood.

The collaboration with Chef Hemmerle promises to elevate the resort’s culinary experience, providing guests with a diverse range of carefully crafted and delectable dishes that showcase Hemmerle’s culinary skills.

Known for his work in Michelin-rated restaurants in Europe and Asia, Hemmerle has over 30 years of experience in fine dining at the likes of the Four Seasons in Moscow and the Cristal Room Baccarat (Mercury Group), all of which has helped develop a deep understanding of the tastes of metropolitan gourmet cuisine, combined with a rich experience in Michelin-rated restaurants.

Chef Hemmerle will bring the flair and refinement of his homeland’s cuisine to the resort this winter, cooking with creativity & complex techniques and the finest local ingredients.

Rates start from USD 952++ per night in a Water Pool Villa including breakfast for two. For more information, please visit www.maldives.intercontinental.com or email reservations.icmaldives@ihg.com.

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JA Resorts & Hotels welcomes Khumar Askerova as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Indian Ocean

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JA Resorts & Hotels has announced the appointment of Khumar Askerova as the new Director of Sales and Marketing for the Indian Ocean region. Khumar brings with her an impressive 25 years of experience in sales and marketing within the hospitality industry, and a key appointment to the regional team.

The appointment will see Khumar overseeing sales for the company’s Indian Ocean flagship property JA Manafaru in the Maldives and two properties in the Seychelles, the boutique JA Enchanted Island and luxury villa residencies at JA Enchanted Waterfront.

Khumar is a seasoned sales specialist with a diverse background in the hospitality sector. Fluent in English, native in Russian and Azerbaijani, with a good command of Portuguese and Turkish, Khumar’s multilingual skills underscore her ability to connect with a global audience.

Khumar’s most recent role as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing at COMO Hotels saw her successfully manage a portfolio of key partners, and her expertise extends to new hotel openings, where she has played pivotal roles in the launch and success of four upper-scale Marriott hotels.

Additional Maldivian experience was gained whilst Khumar was Group Director of Sales & Marketing at Lily Beach Hotels also in the Maldives, where she led a cluster team, overseeing sales, reservations, marketing, and revenue for two islands in the Maldives.

Robert El Khoury, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at JA Resorts & Hotels comments, “We are confident that Khumar’s wealth of experience, strategic vision, and leadership qualities will contribute to the ongoing success and growth of our unique properties in the Indian Ocean. We warmly welcome her to our team and look forward to further developing our international presence with Khumar’s global expertise.”

Khumar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Baku State University. She has also obtained certificates in Executive Revenue Management & Strategic Pricing from the Institute of Hotel Management and eCornell Hotel Revenue Management Certificate.

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