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MAHRP to host 3rd HR Convention and EXPO on March 4-5

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Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) is set to host its third HR Convention and EXPO on March 4 and 5.

The event is the largest gathering of HR professionals, people leaders, thought leaders, thinkers and emerging people leaders and colleagues from various organisations.

This year’s convention is themed, ‘Creating Value and Leading Organisations’, which is aimed at guiding HR professionals, leaders, business owners, and stakeholders to understand the role of HR and how HR teams can lead organisations and add value along the way.

Convention speakers will be speaking on various tracks such as leadership development for HR professionals, bringing a healthy organisation and keeping wellness and well-being at best, transformation and the role of HR professionals, data analytics and emerging HR trends and HR as a value creation partner.

National HR Convention and EXPO will bring together at least 350 participants, and the event will be held at the Maldives National University Main Auditorium.

This year’s convention will feature celebrated TedX speakers, Forbes-recognised entrepreneurs, people professional experts, human resource leaders from various industries, and regional experts on recent HR trends and emerging people development areas.

Commenting on the convention, MAHRP President Ahmed Ibrahim said: “We are thrilled to bring the largest people professionals development initiative for the third time, and we believe this will help business leaders, owners and HR professionals to rethink how we see HR and how we can add more value to organisations.”

Afeef Hussain, Convention Chair and MAHRP VP of Growth and Membership Affairs, added that the 2023 conference would see world-class speakers from various parts of the world, including Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Germany, the UK, and the USA.

MAHRP hosted its first HR convention in 2019 and a successful second convention in 2022. Both conventions saw an outstanding speaker line, participation and recognition from the participants and various organisations of the need for international level events to uplift the morel and thinking in the world ahead to build the human capital development across the Maldives.

MAHRP was formed in February 2018 to champion human capital development globally, bringing various partners and collaborators a holistic approach to how we see human resources and their development. MAHRP has been hosting several events under its HR Best practice Share bringing local and international expertise. Under its various segments, MAHRP has partnered with several international and local parties to bring good practices of HR Knowledge and Events such as hosting global thought leaders like Ron Kaufman and Robin Banks and well-known international speakers. MAHRP also works closely with regional and international partners such as APFRHM – Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management which MAHRP is a member, and Villa College as its research and standard, competency development partner. These collaborations help MAHRP to challenge its status within the Maldives community and bring refreshing ideas in its efforts to bring growth to the HR development sector.

This February 22nd, MAHRP will be celebrating its 5th anniversary.

Registration is open for the National HR Convention and EXPO, and the individual registration fee starts from MVR 3,500 and group registration of more than five participants is MVR 3,250 per seat, and more than 10 participants per organisation per seat is MVR 3,000. The last date for the HR Convention registration is February 2. Interested parties can register via this form.

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Indian influencer Niki Mehra in Maldives

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Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/ Visit Maldives) hosted a familiarisation trip with Amilla Maldives for high-end influencer, Niki Mehra, from India to experience the luxury and romantic offerings of the Maldives from 3rd – 6th May 2024.

The familiarisation trip was a great opportunity to Niki Mehra, a renowned Indian model, fashion, beauty and travel content creator and social media influencer with over half a million followers who has carved a niche in the Indian fashion industry with her unique sense of style. During her time in the Sunny Side of Life, Niki Mehra showcased luxury to romantic experiences of the destination.

The trip promoted Maldives through social media platforms of Niki Mehra while highlighting experiential itinerary offerings of the Maldives. Additionally, the influencer trip assisted MMPRC in propelling growth in the luxury travel segment and honeymoon market by showcasing the Maldives as a premier honeymoon destination for the Indian travellers.

The Indian market has been a strong market for the Maldives over the years, currently ranked number 6 with 46,970 tourists as of 13th May 2024. Additionally, MMPRC showcased the Maldives in OTM and SATTE held earlier this year. MMPRC is committed to boosting the arrivals from the market and has exciting marketing activities planned for future, including joint campaigns, familiarisation trips, participation in major events and other campaigns which provides numerous opportunities to showcase the breathtaking Maldives to the market, attracting more Indian travellers.

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130 hotels in The Prestige Collection with 4 Maldives properties

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The Prestige Collection has reached 130 hotels in its portfolio, continuing to uphold quality and excellence as core pillars. It represents the most exclusive selection within Keytel, the world’s first alliance of independent hotels.

Since its establishment in 2007, The Prestige Collection has been dedicated to meeting the growing demand for luxury hotels, becoming a reference for hospitality industry specialists. Despite its focus on independent hotels, the collection has successfully attracted prestigious properties from international luxury chains such as Rosewood Villa Magna, Mandarín Oriental Ritz Madrid, and Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya. These hotels view The Prestige Collection as a complement to their commercial strategy for attracting luxury clientele.

With a prominent presence both nationally and internationally across 36 countries, The Prestige Collection shines in with four distinguished resorts: Baglioni Resort Maldives, Diamonds Athuruga Maldives Resort & Spa, Diamonds Thudufushi Maldives Resort & Spa, and Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. Internationally, the collection boasts emblematic properties like Armani Dubai, Café Royal in London, The Pierre in New York, and Kappa Senses in Ubud, Bali, among others.

The collection categorises hotels into four distinctive categories, highlighting ideal places to disconnect, properties in vibrant urban settings, coastal options for those seeking serenity, and unique experiences for those seeking singularity.

Furthermore, this milestone coincides with the relaunch of its new experiential website platform. This platform offers users and industry professionals the opportunity to explore the collection in greater detail and drives qualified traffic to the official websites of member hotels.

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Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO) Marks a Significant Step Towards Transforming Urban Waste Management

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Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO) marked a significant step towards plastic waste management with the adoption of dedicated vehicles handed over to boost this transformation of urban waste management supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Maldives.  

In March 2024, UNDP Maldives officially handed over a fleet of six vehicles to WAMCO, which included two electric vehicles (EVs), as part of an initiative aimed at enhancing waste management across the Greater Male’ Area (GMA). This acquisition, facilitated through the financial support of TCCF paves the way for a crucial advancement in bolstering PET collection efforts and tackling the challenge of plastic waste in the Maldives.

“This initiative marks a significant step towards boosting recycling rates and combating environmental pollution in the Maldives,” stated Pek Chuan Gan, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Maldives speaking at the handover ceremony. “Integrating electric vehicles into WAMCO’s fleet and improving PET recycling processes not only lowers carbon emissions but also pioneers renewable energy use in waste management. It’s a vital move for steering the Maldives towards a sustainable and renewable-powered future.”

The provision of electric vehicles marks a continuation of UNDP Maldives’ support to the Government’s vision to introduce renewable energy in key sectors such as waste management that significantly contribute to the country’s renewable energy transition ambition. By embracing clean energy solutions, such as electric vehicles in waste management practices, the Maldives can further reduce its carbon footprint and move closer to achieving its renewable energy goals.

“Utilizing eco-friendly vehicles is a pivotal change for WAMCO, signifying a major leap towards modernizing waste management in the Maldives,” remarked Mujthaba Jaleel, Managing Director, from WAMCO. “This collaboration highlights the shared commitment to environmental stewardship and the potential for such partnerships to catalyse meaningful progress in sustainability and about the positive impact these vehicles will have on our operations and the environment.”

Representatives from UNDP Maldives, WAMCO, and The Coca-Cola Foundation’s unified efforts towards a sustainable future. Photo courtesy: CIAO Advertising.

“Our commitment goes beyond just recycling; it’s about fostering a culture of sustainability,” remarked Saadia Madsbjerg, President, Coca‑Cola Foundation and VP Community Affairs. “By enhancing waste management in the Maldives, we aspire to set a benchmark for environmental stewardship.”

For The Coca-Cola Foundation, together with the stakeholders, the aim is to propel Maldives towards a future where plastic circularity is not just envisioned but actively pursued. By channelling resources and expertise into the heart of waste management, TCCF has made a sizeable contribution in enhancing and attracting investment to this crucial sector in the Maldives. This initiative is a testament to TCCF’s commitment to fostering sustainable practices and promoting the reuse and recycling of plastics, thereby reducing environmental impact, and paving the way for a circular economy.

The fleet handover event held on March 18, 2024, served as a celebration of collaboration in waste management. Representatives from UNDP Maldives, WAMCO, The Coca-Cola Foundation, government officials, and stakeholders came together to mark this significant step and reinforced their collective dedication to building a more sustainable future for the Maldives.

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