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Marriott International launches LIVE FULLY activation in collaboration with Maldives National University

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Marriott International Maldives in collaboration with Maldives National University recently launched an activation to become employer of choice in Maldives – LIVE FULLY.

The objective of this collaboration is to nurture and create the future talent pipeline for Leadership roles within Marriott International Maldives focused on the local talents. The key aim of this event was to highlight growth opportunities and career adventure for the young minds within Marriott International. It aimed to inspire students to reflect on their career journeys, what it means to live fully with Marriott International, and how to take the next step in growing their career to who they want to become within the company.

Live Fully is an external-facing extension of Marriott’s TakeCare Culture, showcasing the different TakeCare Pillars – (Opportunity, Community and Purpose) and how they come to life at Marriott International. Whether an individual is seeking to grow with new opportunities, work beside teammates that feel like family, or make a difference, TakeCare culture helps the associates to live life to its fullest.

Emma Jones, was aspirational about Marriott Culture and the growth opportunities it has for the young and creative students of MNU. She did mention that the company provides a world of opportunities and helps each associate to grow and develop professionally and personally by developing meaningful and supportive relationships at workplace. The theme of this activation showcases Marriott International’s commitment towards its associate growth and how it invests in associates to allow them to Live Fully, and Grow Forward.

The event began with a panel discussion between the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism studies, Maldives National University led by MZeenath Solih and Marriott International representatives. The idea was to seek common collaborative grounds to attract, train and retain the local talent graduating from MNU. Marriott International representatives were positive about this collaboration considering the growth of their resorts in Maldives.

The next was an interactive and engaging session between the students and Marriott International team. Around 50 students from MNU participated in this event. The focus was on presenting the amazing growth opportunities to the students offered by the seven resorts.

The event focused on Marriotternship – Hotel Internship Programme offered by Marriott International to the students. It is a highly structured and planned program spanned over a period of 06 months, providing on job exposure in all Operations and Support departments and presenting an opportunity to work and learn alongside the hospitality experts in Maldives.

The next segment was about Voyage – Global Leadership Development Programme spanned over a period of 18 months to help create the future leaders. Voyage helps build on the current strengths of high potential students providing them continuous guidance and learning opportunities thereby creating a Talent pool of future Supervisory and Mid Management level leaders. Currently this programme is offered by The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and Le Méridien Maldives Resort and Spa. In the coming years, all resorts look forward to host the Voyage Programme. All seven resorts also provided direct hiring opportunities for the students present for the event.

Along with the growth opportunities, the discussion was focused on Marriott’s Take Care culture and the various benefits of personal growth Marriott International has to offer, highlighting how the company places an importance on associate growth, and that there are structured trainings to help them become who they want to be.

Marriott International representatives truly wish to keep this momentum alive and collaborate on many such development opportunities with Maldives National University.

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Maldives celebrates arrival of 2024’s 1 millionth tourist

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Maldives on Thursday welcomed the one millionth tourist to visit this year.

The one millionth tourist is a Thai named Sutapa Amonwivat, who arrived from Singapore with her husband and two children. This is her second visit to Maldives.

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and the Ministry of Tourism gave a warm welcome to Sutapa at the Velana International Airport (VIA) Thursday afternoon. She was welcomed at the VIA by tourism minister Ibrahim Faisal, MMPRC Managing Director Ibrahim Shiury and senior officials of various relevant agencies.

After welcoming her with traditional offerings, she was presented with various gifts by the ministry, MMPRC, customs, immigration, Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA).

Maldives reached one million tourists in June, three weeks earlier than last year. The number of tourists reached one million on July 16, 2023.

Maldives expects to reach 2 million tourists this year.

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New air route connects Chongqing to Maldives

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Chongqing Airlines on Monday began its inaugural flights to Maldives.

The Chongqing-Male route, scheduled three times a week, is expected to strengthen the bonds between China and the Maldives, opening up exciting new opportunities for tourism and cultural exchange.

The inaugural flight was welcomed upon its arrival at Velana International Airport (VIA) in Maldives, where local officials and tourism representatives expressed their enthusiasm for this new development.

“We warmly welcome our friends from China to our beautiful islands. This new connection strengthens our bonds and opens up new opportunities for tourism,” the tourism ministry said on X.

Maldives currently welcomes four airlines from China, including China Eastern, Beijing Capital Airlines, Xiamen Airlines.

In January, Maldives government urged tourism stakeholders in both Maldives and China to ramp up efforts to restore China’s position as the primary source market for Maldives tourism, a status held before the onset of Covid-19.

China, being the largest source market for Maldives tourism before the pandemic, saw a resumption of tourist arrivals from January 2023 after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. In 2023, the Maldives welcomed 187,118 Chinese tourists, marking a significant recovery in numbers. This year, the Maldives has welcomed the most number of tourists from China, with over 107,940 or 11.5 percent of total arrivals by June 12. 

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CROSSROADS Maldives Introduces Weixin Pay at resorts for seamless guest experience

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CROSSROADS Maldives has introduced WeChat Pay, widely known as Weixin Pay in China, across its world-class resorts, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. This payment option is made available to enhance the convenience and overall experience for guests from China, making their stay in the Maldives more enjoyable and hassle-free.

Understanding the needs of the diverse guests, CROSSROADS Maldives has integrated WeChat Pay into operations, allowing guests from China to easily and securely conduct transactions using a payment method familiar to them. The introduction of WeChat Pay is a testament to CROSSROADS Maldives’ dedication to enhancing guest satisfaction by offering exceptional experiences at every turn. What is also expected through this initiative is that the guests could benefit from better foreign exchange rates, translating to better savings on their expenditures during their stay.

The option is available for guests in-house conveniently at both resorts as well as across the Marina at CROSSROADS Maldives where a wider variety of unparalleled dining and retail experiences are available for all guests. The day visitors from China will also therefore equally benefit from this new introduction at the Maldives’ premier multi-island integrated leisure destination.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a vibrant tropical escape that offers unique and locally inspired experiences. The resort features spacious rooms and villas, a variety of dining options, and an array of recreational activities designed to cater to the desires of modern travellers. Guests can escape to the island’s SAiisational natural beauty, enjoy water sports, and indulge in spa treatments, all while relishing the personalised service that defines Hilton’s Curio Collection.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives brings the iconic Hard Rock spirit to the tranquil shores of the Maldives. This family-friendly resort offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment, featuring music-inspired experiences, live performances, and the brand’s signature amenities. With luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options, and a plethora of activities for all ages, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives ensures an unforgettable holiday experience for every guest.

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