COSMERC Trading Maldives has been confirmed as a Gold Sponsor of the Hotelier Maldives Wellness Summit 2017. Hotelier Maldives – the only dedicated hospitality and business magazine in the country – plans to hold the country’s first ever wellness summit on September 6 at Kurumba Maldives.

“The growth of the global wellness industry has been exponential, but hoteliers in the Maldives have yet to fully capitalise on the country’s high potential to become a designated wellness destination,” observes Sudath Horadagoda, Director, Sales and Corporate Communications at COSMERC Trading Maldives – the largest spa supplier based in the Maldives.

“Standard practices have been followed by hotels and resorts in the Maldives for far too long, without tapping into the new possibilities that the wellness industry has to offer, especially for generating additional sales and revenue.”

While Maldives is primarily known as a high-end luxury destination and branded as such, the growth of the wellness industry worldwide has highlighted the unexplored potential for wellness offerings to augment revenue for resorts, give a new dimension for the Maldives’ brand as an attractive wellness destination, growth for new businesses and create new employment opportunities.

“The Maldives is world-renowned for its tranquillity and peacefulness; the perfect setting to present a wide array of wellness offerings. As such, I believe the Wellness Summit will be key to bringing together wellness industry professionals in the country, whereby presenting them with a platform to discuss how they can explore the vast possibilities in the wellness sector,” says Sudath.

The day-long networking and knowledge sharing event will see a number of industry leaders and related professionals converge for a series of keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussions.

It aims to look at the changing perception of Maldives as a tourist destination, changing traveller behaviour, the growth of wellness tourism, and the many ways the destination can tap into this fast-evolving segment of the market.

The organising committee of the event comprises of industry pioneers and leaders including Jesper Hougaard, Founder and Managing Director of Serena Spa; Renate Hermes, Executive Director of Duniye Spa and Aishath Zulfishan, Spa Manager at Huvafen Fushi. While Jesper Hougaard will also give the lead keynote speech, Renate Hermes will lead a panel discussion on global wellness trends.

World renowned Wellness Consultant Anni Hood will be a keynote speaker with case studies from Soneva Group amongst other notable activities featured in the summit. Anni is the founder and CEO of Anni Hood and Wellness Business Consultancy, in addition to a co-founder of WELL Intelligence and co-author of the Hospitality ∩ Wellbeing Barometer.

While the event is still open for sponsorship, COSMERC Trading Maldives is the latest to join the ranks of sponsors of the event. “We have been operating in the Maldives for the past seven years as one of the largest suppliers to the wellness and spa industry. We need to work together to further develop the country’s wellness sector, and I believe efforts such as the Wellness Summit must continue,” says Sudath.

The summit will also see a presentation by Sudath on how to advance spa retail sales and increase revenue via the spa retail segment, who will also highlight the areas which need further improvement. “I believe that we can work to attract a very niche and premium group of travellers who are interested in wellness getaways,” adds Sudath.

COSMERC Trading Maldives – a subsidiary of COSMERC Trading Pvt Ltd based in Sri Lanka –operates in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Seychelles.

In addition to being the biggest supplier of spa related products based in the Maldives, it is also a supplier of hotel amenities and F&B products. COSMERC also provides tailor-made, custom-labelled products in addition to printing services.

It is also the sole distributor for Basilur Tea in the Maldives, which is the fastest growing tea brand. COSMERC will also launch the Basilur Virgin Nature tea – a new herbal tea range – during the Wellness Summit, custom-designed to cater to the wellness industry in the Maldives. According to COSMERC, it is a product with massive potential blends to increase spa revenue and up the spa retail sector.

Other notables presences in the wellness industry to have become a partner to the Wellness Summit includes Warisan Hospitality – a leading furniture supplier confirmed as a Gold Sponsor of the event, and Scubaspa – a notable presence in the hospitality and wellness industry, which signed on as a Silver Sponsor of the event.

In addition to participation from resort general managers, directors and managers of wellness centres and spas in the Maldives, international wellness consultants are to feature in the summit. They will be making presentations and taking part in discussion panels. The summit will include networking sessions the morning, during lunch and after the event.

Hotelier Maldives also provides other platforms for industry stakeholders; the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum – inaugurated in 2016 – is the country’s only dedicated platform targeting General Managers of resorts and hotels. To find out more about Hotelier Maldives and related events and publications, please visit; hoteliermaldives.com/advertise/

Please visit hoteliermaldives.com/wellness-summit-register/ to book your attendance at the summit, or visit hoteliermaldives.com/wellness-summit/ for more information. For further inquiries, please contact Hussain Jazlaan, hussain.jazlaan@hoteliermaldives.com or call + (960) 791 0858. For more information about COSMERC Trading Maldives, please visit cosmerc.com.