Maldives takes part at EMITT 2016

Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation together with the Tourism Industry is currently taking part in the East Mediterranean Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT). 5 industry partners are taking part in the exhibition with the Deputy Managing Director, Mohamed Adam and Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Hamzeel of MMPRC. The fair will go on from the 28th till the 31st of January 2016.

Organized and run by ITE Turkey, EMITT has the gained profound experience and expertise in the tourism and travel sector in the past 20 years. Combining the powerful global network and experience, EMITT will continue to create a more powerful synergy for the tourism industry.

A total of 4.500 companies, organizations and resorts from around 70 countries will take part in EMITT Tourism Exhibition, which is recognized as one of the leading tourism exhibitions in the world. The exhibition which will take place in 11 halls equaling to a total exhibition space of 70 thousand meter squares at Tuyap Exhibition and Convention Center. The fair will feature national pavilions, Turkey’s vacation destinations, winter and outdoor tourism destinations, hotels and tourism centers, tour operators, agencies and hotels as participants and a wide range of vibrant vacation destinations will be introduced to visitors.

Maldives will be showcased in a stand area of 60sqm, conceptually designed to expose the uniqueness with photos of Maldivian tranquil sceneries. More advertising spaces such as floor tiles, staircase footsteps and outdoor flags, demonstrated in different locations of the fairground will be displaying and promoting the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign.

Turkey is the leading market of East Mediterranean Europe, holding a total of 0.8% market share. The Turkish market has been growing and showed positive growth in the past few years, and is marked as a market with good potential. In the year 2015, a total of 10,200 tourists visited Maldives from Turkey, which is an increase of 17.7% when compared to the year 2014.

Michael Wieser named CEO at Lily Hotels and Resorts

Michael Wieser has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Lily Hotels and Resorts Pvt Ltd, owner and operator of Lily Beach Resort & Spa and Dhonakulhi Investments Pvt Ltd, owner and operator of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Lily Hotels Pvt Ltd and Dhonakulhi Investment Pvt Ltd, the promotion will see Wieser take the helm to develop and grow the company whilst overseeing the implementation of all strategic and operational elements.

Wieser will work with his dedicated teams across luxury resorts Lily Hotels and Resorts and the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, on products and services, e-commerce, construction, operations, quality assurance, as well as the sales and marketing. His three decades of experience spans the successful management of large-scale luxury hospitality groups, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

He was the Middle East Managing Director of the Domina Hotel Group, overseeing nine hotels in the region. During this time he was instrumental in the group’s rebranding and pioneering innovation, whilst managing a team of over 1,600 employees. Most recently, Wieser has played a key role in the $50 million renovation project of the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, a luxury five-star property on Dhonakulhi Island, the second largest island in the Maldives.

In the lead-up to his promotion, Wieser demonstrated a track record of driving sales and profit to the newly unveiled resort, set to become one of the Indian Ocean’s most sought after addresses. Wieser brings a true passion for the industry to his new role and the belief that hotels, spas and residences should provide a sanctuary for guests to experience the true art of hospitality and luxury.

New Beginnings at Kuramathi Island Resort

An island synonymous with change; Kuramathi Island Resort is underway to unveil the newest of its concepts March 2016. With a strong focus on the broadening tastes of today’s travellers, Kuramathi will showcase five unique villa types in addition to a range of new services.

Two-Bedroom Beach House, Kuramathi Island Resort
Two-Bedroom Beach House, Kuramathi Island Resort

The Two Bedroom Beach Houses are the ideal pick for families or friends travelling together; a duplex villa with individual living spaces. Deluxe Water Villas are set in the middle of the vast turquoise lagoon with steps down to azure waters, whilst Water Villas with Pool are either on the lagoon or on the house reef side. Meanwhile the Sunset Pool Villas and Sunset Water Villas with Pool are located on the sunset side of the island, just steps from the long stretch of the famous Kuramathi sand bank.

Deluxe Water Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort
Deluxe Water Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort

New restaurants and bars enlist themselves in the repertoire of facilities, with Kobe offering teppanyaki cuisine over the water, and Inguru set to tantalize taste buds with a potpourri of Asian fusion cuisine served with a hint of excellence. Guest favourites return with an upgrade, such as The Reef, and Laguna Bar which comes with its own infinity lap pool. Champagne Loft makes its mark as the idyllic spot to unwind with a glass, while admiring breath-taking sunsets.

Sunset Pool Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort
Sunset Pool Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort

Kuramathi Island Resort is eager to launch its innovative concepts this year in an island that is proud to provide a naturally Maldivian experience.

Deluxe Water Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort
Deluxe Water Villa, Kuramathi Island Resort

Holiday Inn Resort® Kandooma Maldives Launches New Resort Video

The Holiday Inn Resort® Kandooma Maldives has unveiled its brand-new official resort video that highlights nothing but the overall experience travelers can get when staying at this Maldives resort.

Known for its facilities which cater to various types of travelers, be it families, friends, couples, surfers, divers, or nature lovers, the cutting-edge video simply showcases everything to be enjoyed by everyone who’s searching for a city escape.

“The concept behind the project is to show our guests different experiences they can enjoy and for them to realize that they can make a simple getaway extra special while on the island of Kandooma.”, says Joseph Della Gatta, General Manager of the resort.

This innovative video is the second one since the opening of this InterContinental Hotel Groups’ property in the Maldives last 2009.

“We really planned to create a new video to showcase the latest facilities and services of the resort”. “We have many repeat guests, pleasantly surprised to see and experience something new to be loved about the place.”, Joseph said.

Indeed, the launch of the new resort video by Holiday Inn Resort® Kandooma Maldives is a great idea not just to show what the brand has to offer but to keep its valued guests and future visitors updated through a unique and refreshing flick.

The video can be seen across different social channels of the resort including YouTube and on its official website.


Flight Information

Scheduled Flights to Maldives

Air Berlin
My Austrian
Bangkok Airways
British Airways
Malaysian Airlines
Oman Air
Turkish Airlines
Sri Lankan airlines
Air India
Etihad Airlines
Qatar Airways
China Eastern Airlines
Cathay Pacific
Korean Air
Alitalia Airlines
Singapore Airlines


Trans Maldivian Airways flights operated within Maldives:


North Malé Atoll

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli
Meeru Island Resort & Spa
One & Only Reethi Rah
Summer Island Maldives
Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef

Baa Atoll

Amilla Fushi
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Dusit Thani Maldives
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Reethi Beach Resort
Soneva Fushi

Raa Atoll

Adaaran Prestige Water Villas
Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
Loama Resort at Maamigili Maldives Island

Lhaviyani Atoll

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
Kanuhura Resort & Spa, Maldives
Komandoo Maldive Island Resort
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
Palm Beach Resort & Spa Maldives

Noonu Atoll

Cheval Blanc Randheli
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Velaa Private Island Maldives
Zitahli Resorts & Spa Kuda-Funafaru

Shaviyani Atoll

Viceroy Maldives

Haa Alifu Atoll

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives


North Ari Atoll

Bathala Island Resort
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
Constance Halaveli
Gangehi Island Resort
Kandolhu Island
Kuramathi Island Resort
Voi Maayafushi Resort
Nika Island Resort
Velidhu Island Resort
Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

South Ari Atoll

Angaga Island Resort & Spa
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Constance Moofushi
Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas
Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas
Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo
LUX* South Ari Atoll
Mirihi Island Resort
Ranveli Village
Vakarufalhi Island Resort
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Vaavu Atoll

VOI Dhiggiri Resort

Faafu Atoll

Filitheyo Island Resort
The Rania Experience

Meemu Atoll

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives
Medhufushi Island Resort

Dhaalu Atoll

Angsana Velavaru
Sun Aqua Vilu Reef


Addu City (GAN)
Dharavandhoo (DRV)
Fuvahmulaku (FVM)
Kooddoo (GKK)
Hanimaadhoo (HAQ)
Kaadedhdhoo (KDM)
Kadhdhoo (KDO)
Maamigili (VAM)
Malé (MLE)

Maldivian International Destinations:

Bangkok – Thailand
Dhaka – Bangladesh
Chennai – India
Changsha – China
Chongqing – China
Nanjing – China
Wuhan – China
Xian – China
Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) – India

Maldivian Domestic Destinations:

Addu City (GAN)
Dharavandhoo (DRV)
Fuvahmulaku (FVM)
Kaadedhdhoo (KDM)
Kadhdhoo (KDO)
Kooddoo (GKK)
Hanimaadhoo (HAQ)
Ifuru (IFU)
Maamigili (VAM)
Malé (MLE)
Thimarafushi (TMF)

Mega Maldives Airlines

Hong Kong (HKG)
Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
Beijing (PEK)
Koror (ROR)
King Abdul Aziz (JED)
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Macau (MFM)

Free Shower Room

While traveling from hotels to the airport, it is likely that you may require freshening up prior to departure. The shower rooms situated next to the coffee shop will do just that for you..

Maldives participates in BOOT 2016 held in Düsseldorf, Germany

Maldives will be participating in 47th International Boat Show Düsseldorf 2016 to be hosted in Germany from January 23rd – 31st. This is one of the largest sea sports exhibitions. BOOT fair is a consumer fair targeted to sea sport enthusiasts and diving.

Boot 2016

At this event, visitors can inspect, examine and experience the new boat, diving equipment or wakeboard they are interested in. This Trade Show, Fair and Exhibition is considered to be attended by more than 1700 exhibitors over 60 countries, takes place at Dusseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany.

Boot 2016

Together with Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation, 18 representatives from 8 companies of the tourism industry will be representing Maldives in the event. The main objective of participating in this fair is to promote Maldives as a diving destination. The travel show will pave way to build new contacts, strengthen the established ones and further reach the target audience of the German market.

Boot 2016

Germany is an important traditional market to the Maldives that has always ranked amongst the top generating markets to the Maldives. The total number of arrivals for 2015 was 9,640; thi is an increase of 6.9% compared to 2014. Germany is the second largest generating market to the Maldives which holds 8.5% of the market share.

Boot 2016

Kurumba Maldives’ M.I.C.E Facilities

Kurumba Maldives is conveniently located within 10 minutes of Malé International airport and 15 minutes from the capital of Malé, making its position a great advantage for companies wishing to organize meetings, incentives, conferences and events.

Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives
Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives

As the first private resort island in the Maldives, Kurumba has had the privilege to organize numerous events over the years since its opening in 1972. The team has vast experience in special occasions such as state dinners and conferences.

Conference Hall, Kurumba Maldives
Conference Hall, Kurumba Maldives

This beautiful island, boasts 8 restaurants, 3 bars, nightly entertainment, water sports, a diving school, a vibrant house reef for snorkelling, excursions, a recreation center with numerous facilities and activities, a spa and paradisiacal beaches.

VIP Lounge, Kurumba Maldives
VIP Lounge, Kurumba Maldives

The Bougainvillea Hall is Kurumba’s main convention hall. Its high ceilings give the well-appointed room an open feel, without pillars obscuring attendees’ views. This meeting space caters for up to 200 guests in a variety of layouts. In addition, The VIP lounge is connected to the main conference hall and can be divided into two spaces. Suitable for up to 60 guests, this space is perfect for breakouts, a rest area for speakers or for smaller meetings.

Conference Hall, Kurumba Maldives
Conference Hall, Kurumba Maldives

The bathroom facilities adjacent to the conference hall and in the VIP lounge have all been recently renovated, while the installation of new carpets in the conference areas has provided a fresh feel to the space.

Kurumba Maldives

Ms. Judit Rosa, Sales & Marketing Manager at Kurumba Maldives commented: “Kurumba Maldives is fully committed to providing the best value for money and continually improving its services and facilities. We have invested over USD1 million over the past year in accordance with our improvement policy and we are looking forward to welcome more MICE guests to the island in 2016”.

Team building activities can also be arranged by the Majaa Recreation team, as well as excursions, social events and cultural experiences for delegates and their spouses.

Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives
Thila Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives

Indoor and al fresco dining options are available, including the ever popular Thila restaurant’s 1st floor, which offers spectacular views and can be booked for private events. This space is ideal for a cocktail reception or as a dining space. The Food & Beverage and culinary teams will work on dedicated menus based on requirements.

Media Contact:

Please contact us with any questions that you may have regarding organizing your meeting, event or itinerary. We will be happy to assist you in organizing your package, accommodation, transfers and all the small details that really count. Phone: (960) 6647369 Fax: (960) 6643885 E-mail: [email protected]

About Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Malé Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of eight styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment. All while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for a holiday in paradise, perfect for honeymooners and family alike.

Over the years, Kurumba has played host to a variety of foreign dignitaries and Heads of State, including Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. It has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

Maldives leading tourist destination at Fitur 2016

Fitur is one of the grand global events for the tourist industry. A wide range of worldwide destinations comes together under one roof to establish contacts, do business and know about the latest trends and patterns from the tourism and hospitality industry. Fitur is also an important platform to reach the lucrative Latin American market (Spanish speaking countries including Mexico, Colombia and Argentina) as well as the Portuguese speaking countries (Portugal, Brazil).

Maldives is among the leading tourist destinations that will be featured at Fitur 2016. Maldives stand, with 65sqm is decorated with the beautiful sceneries of the country representing the different segments offered in the destination. In order to expand the image of the Maldives stand and to get more exposure, advertisement slots were taken from different locations at the exhibition, which were means to promoting the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign. Aside from these, the head of Maldives delegation also gave an interview to travel weekly and took part in different seminars organized by UNWTO during Fitur 2016.

Aerial, Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Maldives is currently showcasing its sunny side of life in Fitur, which kick started today in Madrid, Spain. Maldives is represented by Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC) together with 12 industry partners; Acting Managing Director of MMPRC, Mr. Haris Mohamed leads the Maldives delegation. The 36th edition of Fitur will run from January 20-24, 2016.

The numbers from Spain market to Maldives have seen a steady growth in the past 3 years. In 2015 Maldives saw a 15.6% growth in Spanish arrivals compared to 2014, with a total of 16,273 tourists to the country till November 2015. Spanish market is a seasonal market to Maldives which holds 1.5% of the market share.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Announces Barista Cup Winner to Represent Maldives at the Grand Final of Hilton Worldwide Southeast Asia & India F&B Masters 2015/2016

As the F&B Masters competition heats up in Southeast Asia (SEA; including Sri Lanka and the Maldives), the time is nigh for rising F&B talents across Hilton Worldwide’s SEA properties to put their best food and drink forward. Rakesh Shetty of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has emerged triumphant as the Country Winner of The Barista Cup of the Hilton Worldwide SEA & India F&B Masters 2015/2016. He will represent Maldives at the grand final of the F&B Masters 2015/2016 to be held at Conrad Bangkok from February 15-16, 2016.

The annual competition, which aims to celebrate culinary creativity and original mixology, extends to Asia Pacific in 2015 through 2016, following a successful introductory run in Southeast Asia in 2014. Finals of the F&B Masters across APAC will take place in regional clusters namely: Australasia; Greater China; Japan, Korea & Micronesia, and; Southeast Asia & India.

For the 2015/2016 edition, SEA saw 157 team members across 27 properties in the region participating and competing for the honors of winning the ‘Cups’ across the five disciplines— Bar, Culinary, Pastry, Sommelier and Barista – at the SEA & India F&B Masters.

The clustered countries semifinals took off end 2015 at DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta-Diponegoro for the Singapore and Indonesia hotels; Hilton Colombo for Sri Lanka and the Maldives hotels; Millennium Hilton Bangkok for the Thailand and Myanmar hotels; and Hilton Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysia and Vietnam hotels.

“Winning the competition in Sri Lanka was a very proud moment for me,” said Rakesh, the winner from Conrad Maldives.

“I reflected on what it took to get me there and it made me realize there cannot be success without time and hard work,” he added.

“The adrenaline and buzz created were through the roof,” says the F&B Masters champion for SEA, Jean-Sebastian Kling, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur. “The caliber of talent this year has been phenomenal and it is a joy to see the level of dedication, effort and thought shared throughout the competition.”

“Without a doubt, F&B Masters has proven yet again to be a fantastic platform to showcase team member talents and capabilities,” adds Jon Warmington, general manager, Hilton Kuching, also F&B Masters champion for SEA.

Follow the competition either on the respective SEA hotel’s Facebook page or by searching the hashtag #HiltonFnBstars.


Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is delighted to announce that our resort Cellar Master Rakesh Shetty took out the F&B Masters Barista Cup in the country level competitions held at the Hilton Colombo in November 2015.

Inspired by his first job as a barista in a coffee shop in India, Rakesh won over the judges with his inventive creation, I. A.M Latte.

Rakesh will be heading to Bangkok in February to represent Conrad Maldives in the South East Asian Finals.

Q&A with Rakesh ShettyFnB Masters Winner Rakesh Shetty, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Age: 36 years

How many years have you worked in F&B?

14 years

What types of roles you have worked in and where?

I started my hospitality career working as a Barista for eight months in one of the busiest coffee outlets in Mumbai. I then worked as waiter with the Taj Group for eight years in India and Maldives. I worked in a number of roles at varying properties including bar manager at Taj Exotica Maldives, Sommelier at one and Only Reethi Rah and now my best role yet, Cellar Master at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

It is hard work, however, I am enjoying every minute of it.

The competition

Why did you choose to take part in the barista cup?

I have never been involved in a competition like this before and since I started my career as a barista, I thought it was an appropriate choice. This was a way of getting back in touch with that part of my life and reminding myself of how I got here.

What did it feel like to win?

Winning the competition in Sri Lanka was a very proud moment for me. I reflected on what it took to get me there and it made me realize there cannot be success without time and hard work.

Advice for future participants and other baristas?

Take time to develop your skills and try to improve your product the best you can. Finding resources to develop your trade is much easier now. For example YouTube videos have helped me a lot to improve my milk frothing skills. Search for a better way to make your cappuccino.

Always Seek Knowledge.

Name of winning drink: 

FnB Masters Winner Rakesh Shetty, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

I A.M. Latte

Inspiration for the drink:

There is an increasing demand for non-dairy alternatives like soya and rice milk. I wanted to do something different and a bit upscale with almonds and Macadamia milk. Yes, it takes a lot of time to prepare, however, the best things always do.


150 grams blanched almonds.
1/2 cup/50 grams macadamia nuts.
1/3 cup/40 grams pitted dates.
Espresso and 1 liter filtered water.

Soak the above items in filtered water for a minimum of 6 hours and blend and strain into a fine milk like consistency


Espresso 70 ml

Almond Macadamia Milk 160 ml

Place these ingredients in a blender for 30 secs

Pour in a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with almond flakes

About the F&B Masters

The F&B Masters is an internal competition open to employees within Hilton Worldwide properties across the Asia Pacific.

The competition was successfully held in Southeast Asia in 2014 and, with growing momentum and interest, it has now been extended across the Asia Pacific this year. The F&B Masters is a multifaceted competition that aims to discover, develop and celebrate the best food and beverage talent within Hilton Worldwide properties across the Asia Pacific.

The competition has four different categories.

  • The culinary cup
  • The pastry cup
  • The bar cup
  • The barista Cup

Three rounds of finals are staged at the hotel, country and a regional level. The competition kicked-off from July 2015 and will culminate with regional finals in February 2016. #HiltonFnBStars