Sunday, March 18, 2018

Unrest Situations; Effects on Tourism

I have been in two countries during unrest political situations, I have seen the downside when it comes to industry I am in.

When it comes to tourism they get a huge hit. Media is amazing in blowing news out of proportion. When there is no real unrest or situations they discourage tourists showing an image of extreme in countries.

Due to media having this approach, countries issue travel bans. Tourists’ cancel booking with immediate effect due to worry of personal safety.

As a travel trade individual this is time that hoteliers and DMCs should show their power. In house guests of properties can be asked to give testimonials as to how they are safe and enjoying the respective country.

It is high time we didn’t wait on the cancelations, wait of letters from tourism authorities but as a trade family take the steps to ensure safety of our guest and protect our business.

Like Ritz Carlton states, "We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen."



Monday, February 12, 2018

Everyone wants to be an Entrepreneur!

The current day trend is that everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. Everyone wants to be the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs.

I like the fortitude and the sheer determination one entails to be. I am currently not one “An Entrepreneur”. I have been a witness to many Entrepreneurs during the past couple of years and all and young blood entering this challenging game. They are full of ideas, full of enthusiasm, and filled with ideologies. What they lack maybe a singular focus, and they lack the discipline any dream, or a simple job entails.

I do not know the pressures of been an entrepreneur, nor the burdens that will follow. This is advice from a man who has worked almost 10 years of his life. You want to be an entrepreneur, try working an as employee in the relevant field you want to start.

Why do so? Your ideologies might be great, so can be your ideas, but when it comes to day to day work, meeting deadlines, seen the messy nature of handling a team, noticing how smaller the team there is always politics,  seen the struggles or fellow employees, or simply how cash flow gets stuck even though you invoiced a million dollars.

Before you become an Entrepreneur, take two years of your time to be a great outstanding employee. Learn the trade, the screw ups, the messy situations, how to balance your customers. This one sacrifice you shall do for two years would help you leagues apart even though this idea might sound moot or dumb to you at this point.

Cheers to chasing your dreams!


Friday, January 5, 2018

Shall we try and stereotype some market behaviors to the Maldives?

I am going to stereotype some market behaviors to the Maldives.

Chinese market, main travel period are Chinese New Year which may differ from January or February according to their annual calendar, second is the National Day week in October each year. Their stay is usually a 04 Night period with the combination of 02N Beach + 02N Water. Which resorts they visit is majorly influenced by agent market trends.

Russia & CIS market, this market has two exclusive holidays the Orthodox Christmas first week of January and the May day holiday. They are long stay pax 7 / 14 / 21 nights, huge fans of beach accommodation. They are favorites for the FNB departments of resorts.

Middle East market is a growing market to the Maldives. They are very specific on privacy, please find a villa with vegetation or a wall covering the villa, this would a very important point. Pools are an additional benefit, as always ensure the passengers have privacy not open pools so the neighbors. Meal plans vary from BB to maximum HB on a trend. They are rather new visitors to Maldives hence always educate them about Maldives so they have a clearer picture. They are not long stay pax 3 to 4 nights stay. Travel increase during Eid Al Adha and Eid Ul Fitr. Very last minute travelers.

Indian market is surprisingly a very old market to the Maldives. They always will find value for money, they are very savvy about the destination in terms of how the destination works and does extensive research on offers available in the market. They are sensitive to their meal plans make sure always that is a strict rule to follow, when a guest specifies they require Jain or vegetarian meal plans. They are 3 to 4 night travelers, their travel does increase Jan – Mar each year due to wedding season and very fond of excursions and candle lit dinners.

Australian market this a new baby, a booming baby. Average stay is around 05 nights, this is the market dominating the Surf market in the Maldives. Maldivian surf season runs throughout the various atolls from mid-February to November, some known resorts for this sport, Holiday Inn Kandooma, Maalifushi by COMO, Six Senses Laamu, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa and Cinnamon Dhonveli. Their booking period is mostly prior advanced and well planned.

Last but not least the oldest market segment to the Maldives, the pioneers European market (Europe and UK markets). They are too long stay passengers, madly in love with the beaches the Maldives has to offers, the clear water they have to offer. They book in advance as well, they mostly loves beach room categories, and they spend way less times snuggled in their rooms but out and about on the beach or in the ocean. This market has always been closer to heart of Maldives since tourism started in country through all the ups and downs this market segment has faced over the years.

Hope this was educational