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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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South Asian Travel Awards unveils events for 2024

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The South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) has announced its exciting lineup of events for 2024, aiming to celebrate and honor excellence in hospitality across the region. This marks the 8th edition of SATA, continuing its tradition of recognizing outstanding achievements in South Asian travel and tourism.

Supported by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Hotels Association of Nepal (HAN), the festivities kick off with a grand Cocktail event on September 19th, 2024, at The Malla Hotel. Designed as a prime networking opportunity, the evening aims to foster connections among key players in the business, providing a platform for fostering meaningful collaborations.

The following day, on September 20th, 2024, the highly anticipated awards ceremony will be held at Aloft Kathmandu. This event will recognize and reward outstanding achievements in South Asian hospitality, showcasing the pinnacle of excellence in the industry.

Previous editions of SATA have been held in various destinations across South Asia, including Mount Lavinia, Addu City, Mumbai, Galle City, Male’ Atoll, and Bengaluru. Notably, one edition was conducted virtually during the pandemic, demonstrating SATA’s adaptability and commitment to celebrating excellence even in challenging times.

With these events, SATA sets the stage for another year of innovation and growth in the South Asian hospitality industry. The awards solidify SATA’s role as a premier platform for promoting and celebrating the very best in travel and tourism across the region.

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Oaga Art Resort gets nominations in South Asian, Travel Trade Maldives Awards

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Oaga Art Resort, a haven for those who crave an escape brimming with artistic inspiration and carefree indulgence, has been nominated for a trio of prestigious awards.

Nestled amidst the Maldives’ turquoise embrace, Oaga Art Resort isn’t your average beach escape. The place is a celebration of creativity, where every corner functions as a canvas showcasing the vibrant Maldivian soul. Locally-sourced art adorns the walls, while handcrafted designs whisper tales of generations-old traditions. But beyond the aesthetics, it’s the genuine warmth and artistic spirit that truly sets the resort apart.

The upcoming South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2024 has nominated the resort for three distinct categories:

  • Leading All-Inclusive Resort: For those who crave a carefree escape where every detail, from gourmet meals to exhilarating water activities, is meticulously curated.
  • Leading Boutique Hotel/Resort: For those who seek an intimate haven, where personalised service and a genuine connection with the island’s rhythm take centre stage.
  • Leading Family Resort: For those who yearn to create lasting memories with their loved ones. Oaga offers a vibrant playground for the little ones, especially with the Fiyoh Kid’s Club and petting farm, ensuring endless entertainment while parents indulge in island serenity.

Travel Trade Maldives (TTM), the Maldives’ leading travel authority, has also recognised Oaga’s unique approach to hospitality. The resort is in the running for:

  • Best Boutique Resort: A testament to the resort’s dedication to intimate experiences and artistic expression.
  • Best All-Inclusive Resort: Highlighting the commitment to providing a seamless and worry-free escape.
  • Best Water Villa Resort: Celebrating the stunning ODI water villas, designed to be an extension of the turquoise paradise.

While your vote would be deeply appreciated, Oaga Art Resort believes the true reward lies in the experience itself.

Imagine a place where art isn’t just admired, it’s lived. Where splashes of colour dance across villas, curated by local Maldivian talents. Where culinary artistry goes beyond the plate, with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and breathtaking ocean views as your backdrop.

This is Oaga Art Resort. A place where every detail whispers a story, and every moment is an invitation to explore your own creativity.

So, the next time you dream of a vacation that transcends the ordinary, consider Oaga. It might just have the perfect canvas for your unforgettable Maldivian adventure.

For Maldives lovers searching for an all-inclusive holiday, Oaga Art Resort’s Greatest All-Inclusive plan re-defines the limits of what All-Inclusive is all about; with inclusions such as Free Flow (art) classes, Take Notes (music) experiences, In-Villa Dining to floating meal, choices of excursions, motorised water-sports and many more. Situated in North Malé Atoll, Oaga Art Resort is 45 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport. A small island with 60 villas with beach and over water options, 5 dining venues and a spa inspired by Maldivian traditional healing practices, Oaga Art Resort’s artistic and creative spaces offer an immersive experience curated by local and visiting artists, and craftsmen from the Maldives.

To vote in South Asian Travel Awards, please follow this link. Guests can vote in Travel Trade Maldives awards, via this link.

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Coco Bodu Hithi featured among 50 honeymoon resorts

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Coco Bodu Hithi beckons with its enchanting allure, casting a spell of romance and adventure to all the sun-and-sea lovers. This year, Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine features the luxurious resort as one of the Top 50 Honeymoon Resorts in the world in their Honeymoons Special Bookazine.

Coco Bodu Hithi, an ideal luxury destination in the Maldives, nestled only 40 minutes away from Velana International Airport is the perfect hideaway for honeymooners. This perfect location, situated on a naturally serene island, exemplifies the tranquil elegance that defines a tropical paradise.

While this five-star property offers a perfect, quiet, and intimate atmosphere with its swaying palm trees and white beaches, nothing surpasses the exceptional luxury travel experiences and curated hospitality that the island provides.

Coco Bodu Hithi offers seamless and idyllic experiences that are exclusively designed for honeymooners, including a mesmerising Sunset Cruise that allows guests to witness the breathtaking Maldivian hues.

As the sun dips below the horizon, choose to celebrate the end of the day with an intimate, private pergola dinner. Each dining experience is a symphony of flavours and ambiance, curated to create unforgettable moments against the breathtaking backdrop of the Maldivian sunset.

Indulge in the ultimate privacy with a delectable floating breakfast served right in your villa or elevate your stay with a journey of wellness at Coco Spa with His & Hers Coco Fusion Massage, part of Coco Bodu Hithi’s exclusive Coco Splendid Honeymoon Offer.

Coco Bodu Hithi invites guests to discover the ultimate contemporary luxury during you next stay with your loved ones!

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