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Soneva Appoints Aisha Ali As New Director of Sales For Maldives DMCs And The GCC Market

Soneva Appoint Aisha Ali as the new Director of Sales.
Soneva, the award-winning luxury resort operator, announced the appointment of Aisha Ali as Director of Sales – Maldives DMCs and GCC Market.

Soneva, the award-winning luxury resort operator, recently announced the appointment of Aisha Ali as Director of Sales – Maldives DMCs and GCC Market. Aisha will be based in Malé, Maldives.

Aisha’s career in the hospitality industry began in 2006 when she was hired in a reservations position for Soneva Gili (now Gili Lankanfushi). In 2009 she joined the Six Senses Resorts & Spas team as a Sales & Marketing Executive, working on sales for Soneva Fushi, Soneva Gili, and Six Senses Laamu until June 2012 when Six Senses was sold. Aisha continued working in the roles of Sales & Marketing Executive and Sales Manager for Soneva Resorts until 2016.

Aisha went on to work for Anantara as the Assistant Director of Sales for Anantara Kihava in the Maldives. There she spent the next two years developing the resort in the Middle Eastern, Chinese and Indian markets, whilst also supporting three other Anantara resorts.

In 2017, she left the resort life and moved back to Malé to spend more time with her daughter. Later, Aisha joined a new B2C travel company called Premier Destination, where she was responsible for launching the brand and establishing it as a high-end, luxury B2C travel company in the Maldives. She also led the overall operation of the company for over three years.

Nationally, only 4% of the workforce in resorts in the Maldives is female, compared to women constituting 45% of the workforce in industries such as education, healthcare and the civil service. The ‘Women in Soneva’ initiative is a recruitment drive aimed at achieving a more balanced representation of female Hosts at Soneva in the Maldives and Thailand. Currently at Soneva Fushi female Hosts make up 14.3% of the workforce, while the target is 30%; Soneva Jani is at 18.26%, with a target of 30%; and Soneva Kiri is at 38%, with a target of 45%.

For Soneva to meet its target of being the best employer of women in the Maldives, the resorts have been implementing the following measures:

1. Aim to improve conditions in the workplace for women and beat the trend of low ratios of female employees in Maldivian resorts.

2. Make Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi feel as secure and safe as possible for women Hosts.

3. Offering secure women-only accommodation, sitting room and washing areas

4. Ensuring appropriate structures and processes to deal with issues surrounding sexually inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment.

5. Offer Gender Awareness training for all Hosts to understand the responsibility they have to their fellow men and women, and act accordingly.

6. Ensuring at least one women’s activity a month in the Host Activity Calendar.

7. Providing a wide selection of women’s products at resort canteens.

Feature image by Soneva

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Indulge in Delightful Easter Flavors at Kuda Villingili Maldives

Kuda Villingili welcomes travellers to join in for a special Easter celebration of joy, hope and new beginnings at the resort!

With this year’s theme of ‘Rekindling Roots’, Kuda Villingili Maldives invites guests to strengthen family ties and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Festive Activities

The festivities will commence on Mach 27th with a special Easter soiree at the Raalhu Bar. Here, guests are welcome to enjoy tailored cocktails and canapes, while enjoying the beautiful sunset. From here on, guests will go on a ‘Spice Journey’, where a four-course set menu will take your breath away. Showcasing unique spices and flavours with live music will create the perfect tone for an unforgettable Easter celebration.

On the 28th of March, guests are welcome to indulge in Maldivian and International buffet Dinner at the Restaurant. And on March 29th, delectable flavours and traditional dishes wait on a journey to the East. On March 30th, experience a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian vibrancy with a tantalizing dinner at Mar-Umi.

On March 31st, the Easter Gala Dinner will take place at The Restaurant. The feast features gourmet delights and signature cocktails. The celebrations continue into the next day with a Surf & Turf BBQ dinner, with live music. Wine lovers are welcome to join the Wine Library Dinner on April 2nd and enjoy an exclusive selection of wines served in the cosy atmosphere of the library.

In addition to these culinary delights, Kuda Villingili also offers an array of activities. Guests can enjoy everything from nurturing and well-being at the spa to exciting sports. Kids are also welcome to enjoy experiences designed to create cherished memories this Easter at the Kuda Fiyo Kids’ Club.

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