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MATATO Raises Concerns on 'Maldives Safe Tourism Guideline'

the president of MATATO speaking

Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has clarified that the current draft SOP “Maldives Safe Tourism Guideline” was not discussed with them during the drafting stage.

MATATO raised concerns regarding the guideline on 21st May 2020 as some medias mentioned that the draft was prepared with the input and feedback from industry stakeholders. As one of the key stakeholders of the tourism industry in Maldives, MATATO was compelled to clarify that they are now in the process of reviewing the Guideline along with their domestic and international stakeholders in order to provide feedback.

Given the severity of the impact from the COVID-19, it is imperative that all stakeholders are consulted and allowed the opportunity to give diligent feedback in order to effectively recover from this global crisis.”


MATATO also extended their appreciation of the initiatives taken by the government of Maldives to resume meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders of the industry to review the drafted SOP. This would facilitate the borders reopening and the national recovery process.

According to MATATO, it is significant to prepare for borders reopening while having a practical approach to re-entering the global tourism market rather than hindering an already ailing tourism industry. Furthermore, they added that Maldives should not depart from the 40 years of welcoming travellers and that a balance needs to be found to ensure the recovery process of the industry is not hindered.

Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the tourism industry is the single most affected economic sector in the Maldives. The UNWTO estimates that 70-80% of the global tourist numbers will fall, further worsening the recovery efforts of managing the economy in destinations like Maldives. As per the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Maldives is one of the most severely impacted countries due to the pandemic.

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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives Announces New Leadership Appointments

Meet the newest leadership appointments at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives introduces Steven D’Souza as Director of Food & Beverages, and Tammy Gan as Assistant Director of Branding & Marketing.

Steven D’Souza – Director of Food & Beverages

Originally from India, Steve brings over 18 years of experience within the hospitality Industry. Having achieved a Bachelor of Hotel Management degree, Steve has accumulated invaluable pre-opening resort experiences. Steve has worked across three continents and served as the Food and Beverage division Head at Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla.

When it comes to the Maldives, Steve has worked at The Nautilus Maldives, Niyama Private Island Maldives, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives. Additionally, Steven has also worked in Anantara in Thailand, Raffles Hotels Canouan Island, Buccament Bay Spa and Resort in St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Sheraton Jumeirah in Dubai.

At Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, Steve will be reporting directly to the General Manager. He has been tasked with spearheading the F&B operations, prioritizing revenue growth, waste minimization, and regulatory compliance, as well as enhancing guest satisfaction through elevated service standards.

Tammy Gan – Assistant Director of Branding & marketing

Tammy, who is originally from Singapore joins Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll with over 14 years of Marketing and Branding experience in the hospitality sector. Throughout her career, Tammy has worked in countries across Southeast Asia to the Middle East as well as the Maldives. Prior to this, Tammy held the position of Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at The Nautilus Maldives. Additionally, she held roles in esteemed properties like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited in Phuket, Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spa in UAE, and Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

In her new role, Tammy will report to the Director of Sales & Marketing. Here, she will oversee the strategic development and execution of marketing and communications plans for Finolhu and . HERE brands. Additionally, her role also encompasses brand enhancement, market analysis, advertising initiatives, resource allocation optimisation, as well as nurturing innovative branding and communication strategies through collaboration with external agencies.

I’m thrilled to welcome Steven and Tammy to Seaside Finolhu. I am confident that their expertise will help enhance our brand and elavate our dining experiences, ensuring unforgettable memoments for our guests, comments Steven Phillips – General Manager, Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives is owned and managed by the Seaside Collection. The resort consists of 125 beachfront and overwater villas, four restaurants and an array of activities for guests to enjoy every day! Recently, the resort took groundbreaking measures to offer its employees more opportunities by signing an MoU with the Maldives National University. The MoU with Finolhu and MNU ensures the employees have opportunities to pursue further education and grow in the industry.

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