The Maldives GM Forum 2018 - Organised by Hotelier Maldives

Inaugurated in 2016, the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum is the only dedicated forum taking place in the country for resort general managers. Providing over 50 GMs a forum to discuss the unique challenges they face on a day to day basis, and to learn from the best practice of their peers in a mutually supportive environment.

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For any inquiries, please email to sales@hoteliermaldives.com or call:  Cristina Lago +960 791 0858

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Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2020; now open for Sponsorship!

The fifth edition of the Hotelier Maldives General Managers’ Forum is now open for sponsorship. Scheduled to take place on 2nd April 2020 at Crossroads Maldives, the event will feature keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussions on a range of topics including sustainable tourism and human capital; two issues posing considerable challenges to the industry.  Previous […]

GM Forum 2019 Highlights: Bridging the Skills Gap & Women in Hospitality

While tourism directly accounts for nearly 40% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the Maldives, employment in the tourism sector is dominated by the expatriate workforce. Despite the 45 to 55 quota regulatory requirement ratio for local to expatriate staff, there is a huge gap in reaching this figure, and the number of women working […]

Crossroads Maldives to host GM Forum 2020

Crossroads Maldives will be the venue for the annual General Manager’s Forum organised by Hotelier Maldives; the country’s only dedicated audited publication for hospitality professionals, developers, and hotel operators.  The next GM Forum, scheduled for 2nd April 2020, will be the fifth in the series that started in 2016 at Hulhule Island Hotel (HIH). Since […]

GM Forum 2019 Highlights: Presentation on hotel safety & security

Looking back at the past 30 years, GM Forum 2019 featured a keynote address on the trends of hotel safety and security in the Maldives, presented by Hervirender Pal Singh, the Area Director for Global Safety & Security-South Asia, Marriot International. According to Singh’s findings, a total of 387 people lost their lives in the […]

GM Forum Highlights: Presentation by Power Knot/Hospitality Depot

At this year’s Hotelier Maldives GM Forum, Iain Milnes, president of Power Knot, gave a presentation on why the proper disposal of waste food is essential for hotels and resorts that are committed to sustainable operations and a low carbon footprint. High-end tourist destinations, which are often located on or near-pristine ecological environments such as […]

GM Forum 2019 Highlights: Challenges for Sustainable Tourism in the Maldives

With the rapid increase in international travel and the quick expansion of the global tourism industry, the sustainability of tourism development has become one of the most frequently discussed topics among industry experts and policymakers around the globe. And it was a contemporary topic at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019, with an hour-long panel […]

Maldives’ hoteliers discuss pertinent issues at the GM Forum 2019

The fourth edition of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum, bringing together hospitality industry leaders of the Maldives to discuss important aspects of the industry, has come to a successful close. Over 100 delegates representing more than 30 hospitality brands attended the event held at Bandos Maldives on April 3, 2019. The fourth in the series, […]

GM Forum 2019 kicks off in Bandos Maldives

The fourth edition of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum has kicked off in Bandos Maldives. Over 100 delegates representing over 30 hospitality brands are in attendance at the annual event. The day-long event will see hoteliers and hospitality professionals congregating for keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussions on pertinent topics in the industry. Keynote speakers […]

AEL Distributors, ASTRABON and Uniforms Unlimited: Silver Sponsors of GM Forum 2019

AEL Distributors, ASTRABON and Uniforms Unlimited have partnered with Perspective Pvt Ltd as Silver Sponsors of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019. The annual event, the largest gathering of hotel managers in the Maldives, will be held on April 3, at Bandos Maldives. AEL Distributors is a supplier of waterproofing, concrete repair and specialised civil […]

CypreaAir & Holidays partners with GM Forum 2019

The Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019, the largest gathering of hotel managers in the Maldives, has welcomed CypreaAir & Holidays as the Airline Partner. GM Forum 2019 is scheduled to be held April 3, at Bandos Maldives. CypreaAir & Holidays is the new brand name for Go Maldives Pvt Ltd, Cyprea Hotels & Travel Pvt [...]

The Hawks Pvt Ltd will be the Transfer Partner of GM Forum 2019

The Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019, the largest gathering of hotel managers in the Maldives, has welcomed The Hawks Pvt Ltd as a partner. The Hawks signed on as the Transfer Partner of the annual event scheduled to be held April 3, at Bandos Maldives. The Hawks Pvt Ltd is a fuel import and distributing [...]

Hospitality Depot joins as a Platinum Sponsor of GM Forum 2019

Preparations are underway to host the fourth edition of the largest gathering of hotel managers in the Maldives, as Hospitality Depot partners with Perspective Pvt Ltd as a Platinum Sponsor of the GM Forum 2019. The newest partner of the annual event, Hospitality Depot has built a reputation amongst some of the top hospitality brands [...]

Tree Top Hospital will be Wellbeing Partner for GM Forum 2019

Tree Top Hospital has signed as the Wellbeing Partner for the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019. Tree Top Hospital was established in March 2018, under the umbrella of Tree Top Investments Pvt Ltd with the vision of being the leading healthcare provider in the Maldives by delivering international healthcare standards and high-quality outcomes to customers. [...]

Allied Insurance signs as Platinum Sponsor of GM Forum 2019

Allied Insurance has partnered with Perspective Pvt Ltd as a Platinum Sponsor of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019. With over 33 years of experience in the insurance industry, Allied Insurance is one of the largest financial institutions and most prominent insurance brands in the country. The 100% Maldivian-owned company was formed in 1985 as a [...]

SNS Group signs as Platinum Sponsor of GM Forum 2019

The SNS Group has become a partner as a Platinum Sponsor of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019. The fourth edition of the forum—the largest gathering for hotel managers in the Maldives—will be held April 3, at Bandos Maldives. SNS Group, which was also a Platinum Sponsor of the third edition of the event, is [...]

Keiretsu will be Technology Partner for GM Forum 2019

The Maldivian company leading the wave of technology in the hotel industry, Keiretsu will be the Technology Partner of the upcoming GM Forum 2019. Keiretsu and its brands form one of the largest integrated portfolios in the Maldives. As one combined company, Keiretsu has the best-in-class technologies and service capabilities across systems integration, guest room [...]

Euro Marketing Pvt Ltd will be a Platinum Sponsor of GM Forum 2019

Euro Marketing Pvt Ltd, one of the largest suppliers of non-alcoholic beverages, chocolates, confectionery items and snacks in the Maldives, will be a platinum sponsor of GM Forum 2019 organized by Hotelier Maldives. Established in 1997, Euro Marketing currently dominates the supply of certain categories of products to the resorts and rest of the Maldives [...]

Dhivehi Insurance partners with Hotelier Maldives as a Silver Sponsor of GM Forum 2019

Dhivehi Insurance will be partnering with Hotelier Maldives as a Silver Sponsor of the 4th edition of the GM Forum scheduled to take place on 3rd April 2019 at Bandos Maldives. One of the more recent entrants into the market, Dhivehi Insurance has made a mark by offering innovative and contemporary solutions to the changing [...]

Registration opens for GM Forum 2019

Registration for the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019 is now open as Perspective Pvt Ltd—the publisher of Hotelier Maldives—prepares for the event to be held at Bandos Maldives on April 03, 2019. The GM Forum, an annual gathering of general managers and hospitality industry stakeholders, consists of keynote speeches from industry leaders and interactive panel discussions by [...]

“The Necklace Project” to be presented at the GM Forum in April

Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2019 is set to see a special presentation on sustainable tourism and conservation by renowned marine conservationist Abdul Azeez Abdul Hakeem - ‘N.D. Azeez’. The fourth edition of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum is scheduled to take place on 3rd April 2019 at Bandos Maldives. Azeez will focus his presentation on [...]

Hotel General Managers’ conference to highlight history of Maldives’ tourism

The history of Maldives’ tourism is to be showcased by way of some of the most iconic images of the destination at the coming hotel general managers’ conference organised by the Maldives B2B hospitality brand – Hotelier Maldives. A day-long event, the General Managers’ Forum (GMF) was initiated in 2016 following the successful publication of [...]

GM Forum 2019 now open for sponsorship

The fourth edition of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum is now open for sponsorship. Scheduled to take place on April 3, 2019 at Bandos Maldives, the event will feature keynote speeches, presentations, and panel discussions on a myriad of topics including hotel safety and security, skills gap in the hospitality industry and how this challenge [...]

New members appointed to GM Forum Advisory Panel

Mariya Shareef, the Resort Manager at Summer Island Maldives and Marc Gussing, General Manager at JW Marriot Maldives Resort & Spa (scheduled to open in 2019) have been appointed as new members to the Advisory Panel of the annual Hotelier Maldives GM Forum. The fourth edition of the forum is scheduled for April 3, 2019, [...]

Marriott’s Area Director for Global Safety & Security to give keynote at GM Forum 2019

Safety and security are one of the key challenges facing the hospitality industry in the Maldives, and for the upcoming fourth edition of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum, we are putting a spotlight on the issue and discussing solutions. The fourth edition of the annual event, scheduled to be held April 3, 2019, will feature [...]

GM Forum 2018 Highlights: Global Travel Trends by Graeme D’Arcy Ryan

Booking.com is one of the biggest travel sites today, and the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018 saw a presentation by Graeme D’Arcy Ryan, Area Manager of Hotels for Booking.com, themed around Global Travel Trends. In light of data from Booking.com, Graeme’s presentation was filled with insightful data for hoteliers to use in their marketing and [...]

GM Forum 2018 Highlights: Special unveiling of The Muraka by Hilton

The Maldives has been a pioneering destination for Hilton to capitalise on the interest towards underwater features. Ithaa, the underwater restaurant at the Conrad Rangali, operated by Hilton, is perhaps the most famous underwater facility in the world. At the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018 held in April, the hospitality industry saw the launch of [...]

Fourth edition of Hotelier Maldives GM Forum scheduled for April 3, 2019

The fourth edition of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum is scheduled to take place on April 3, 2019, at Bandos Maldives, one of the first resorts to open in the country, and located 15 minutes from Velana International Airport by speedboat. As in previous years, the next GM Forum will look at significant trends and [...]

GM Forum 2018 Highlights: ‘Tourism-related Taxation’ by Yusuf Shiraz, Deputy Director, Maldives Tax Academy

In his presentation themed on “Tourism-related Taxation’, Yusuf Shiraz, the Deputy Director of Maldives Tax Academy spoke in length about the tax registration process and gave an overview of the different taxes hotelier should take into account, and how to submit with tax returns. He also highlighted on ways Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) can [...]

GM Forum 2018 Highlights: Keynote speech by Ibrahim ‘Bandhu’ Saleem; “Tourism in Maldives – A Historical Perspective.”

Saleem’s keynote address was themed around “Tourism in Maldives – A Historical Perspective”. He highlighted the humble beginnings of the tourism industry in the Maldives from prior to the opening of the first resort to the world-renowned luxury destination that it is today. His presentation gave insights into the trends in tourist arrivals, the industry’s [...]

Leading hoteliers discuss challenges at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018

The third Hotelier Maldives GM Forum, bringing together hospitality industry leaders of Maldives to discuss important aspects of the industry, has come to a successful close. Over 150 delegates representing over 40 hospitality brands attended the forum held at Kurumba Maldives on April 18, 2018. The third in the series, this year’s forum discussed topics [...]

Conrad Maldives announces world’s first undersea villa at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has announced the development of THE MURAKA – what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence. The new level of accommodation, which is expected to be open in November, was officially announced in the Maldives at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018, in the presence of over 150 hotel industry [...]

SIMDI Group, Cyprea Air & Holidays named partners of GM Forum 2018

SIMDI Group and Cyprea Air & Holidays have come on board as partners of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018. SIMDI came on board as the Beverage Partner of the GM Forum, as Cyprea Air & Holidays has been appointed as the Airline Partner of the annual event. With over 40 years of service, SIMDI [...]

Precor joins Hotelier Maldives GM Forum as a Silver Partner

The Global Fitness giant Precor has joined the third Hotelier Maldives GM Forum as a Silver Partner. Made in the USA, Precor is preferred by many of the top hotels and resorts such as Waldorf Astoria, Banyan Tree, Hyatt, Pullman as well as Maldivian brands such as Milaidhoo, Kandima and Baros etc. Together with the [...]

Over 100 delegates and 40 Hospitality Brands Confirm attendance at the third Hotelier Maldives GM Forum

Over a hundred delegates representing 40 hospitality brands have confirmed attendance at the upcoming Hotelier Maldives GM Forum. Scheduled to take place at Kurumba Maldives on 18th April 2018, the day long event will see the largest gathering of hoteliers and hospitality professionals congregate for a day of keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussions on [...]

Dhiraagu Confirmed as Title Sponsor of Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018

Telecommunications service provider Dhiraagu has signed the title sponsor agreement with Perspective Pvt Ltd, the publishers of Hotelier Maldives and organiser of the annual GM Forum; branding the event ‘Dhiraagu Presents Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018.’ The third edition of the GM Forum will take place on 18th April 2018 at the first resort to [...]

Keynote speakers confirmed for GM Forum 2018

Ibrahim ‘Bandhu’ Saleem, a founding member of Cyprea Group and Chairman of Solarelle Insurance; and Daniel Welk, the Vice President Operations, Luxury and Lifestyle, Asia Pacific, of Hilton have been confirmed as keynote speakers of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018. The third edition of the GM Forum would be held on April 18 at [...]

Allied Insurance becomes a Platinum sponsor of GM Forum 2018

Allied Insurance, one of the largest financial institutions and most prominent insurance brands in the country, has partnered with Perspective Pvt Ltd as a Platinum Sponsor of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018. With over 33 years of experience in the insurance industry, the 100% Maldivian-owned Company aims to help its customers harness a healthy, [...]

Hospitality & Retail Systems (HRS), Oracle Platinum Partner opens its office in the Maldives

Hospitality and Retails Systems (HRS), is an international company and market leader in IT for the hospitality and retail industries. HRS recently signed on as the platinum sponsor of Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018. The GM Forum, organised by Perspective Pvt Ltd – the publisher of Hotelier Maldives magazine – is an annual gathering of [...]

SNS signs as a Platinum Sponsor of GM Forum 2018

The SNS Group has signed as a Platinum sponsor of Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018. SNS is an international company based in Dubai that creates high-end furniture for hospitality establishments and has offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The main production plants of SNS are in Indonesia; for outdoor furniture, and in Turkey; for indoor [...]

Kohler signs as a Platinum Sponsor of GM Forum 2018

Kohler-authorised distributor, ALIA Investments Pvt Ltd, has partnered with Perspective Pvt Ltd as a Platinum Sponsor of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018. With over 50 years of experience under its belt, ALIA Investments is the authorised-distributor of Kohler bathroom and kitchen products in the Maldives. The GM Forum, which would be held on April [...]

GM Forum 2017 Highlights: How new resorts make a difference in Maldives

The panel on “how new resorts make a difference in the Maldives” at the GM Forum 2017 saw panellists highlighting new developments in terms of how resorts differentiate themselves from the competition, and how new resorts forced older established competitors to up their game. We’re looking forward to GM Forum 2018—to be held April 18, [...]

Presentation on “Tourism-related Taxation” by MIRA to feature in GM Forum 2018

Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) is set to deliver a presentation on “Tourism-related Taxation” at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018. The third edition of the annual gathering of hospitality professionals will be held April 18, in Kurumba Maldives. Tourism-related taxation will be one of the key topics of discussion this year at the GM [...]

GM Forum 2017 Highlights: Renovations; the importance of reinvesting in properties

The panel on “Renovations; the importance of reinvesting in properties” at the GM Forum 2017 saw an extensive talk on overcoming challenges faced during the renovation, and how to plan, finance and successfully implement renovation and redesign projects. It was featured discussions on the importance of change and renovation, especially as a means to meet [...]

GM Forum 2017 Highlights: Thoriq Ibrahim, Environment Minister

Speaking at the GM Forum 2017, environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim renewed calls for support by tourist resorts to the ‘Maldives as a Biosphere Reserve’ pledge. Sustainable tourism is of paramount importance to the conservation of the Maldives’ unique environment, as the Biosphere Reserve pledge resonates with the sustainable development agenda of the country. We’re looking [...]

Hospitality & Retail Systems (HRS) signs as a Platinum Sponsor of GM Forum 2018

Hospitality and Retails Systems (HRS) has signed as the Platinum Sponsor of Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018. HRS is an international company and market leader in IT for the hospitality and retail industries and the largest Oracle Hospitality Platinum partner worldwide. With a regional head office in Singapore, HRS covers 39 countries and has an impressive [...]

GM Forum 2017 Highlights: Panel on Employment Law

GM Forum 2017 saw a number of expert-led panels discussing an array of vital issues related to the tourism industry. One of the panels saw extensive discussions on issues that derive from the Employment Law, and ways to overcome these challenges. They also discussed the most feasible ways to comply with new amendments to the [...]

Registration opens for GM Forum 2018

Registration for the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018 is now open as Perspective Pvt Ltd—the publisher of Hotelier Maldives—prepares for the event to be held at Kurumba Maldives on April 18, 2018. The GM Forum, an annual gathering of general managers and hospitality industry stakeholders, consists of keynote speeches from industry leaders and interactive panel [...]

Jean-Christophe Nager to represent TSMIC at GM Forum 2018

The Small Maldives Island Co. (TSMIC) has confirmed Jean-Christophe Nager, the General Manager of Huvafen Fushi, to represent the brand at the GM Forum 2018. The third edition of the GM Forum will be held on April 18, 2018, at Kurumba Maldives. Jean-Christophe will represent Huvafen Fushi, Amilla Fushi and Finolhu, operated by TSMIC, at [...]

GM Forum 2018 to feature discussions on a myriad of hotel industry issues

April is set to see extensive discussions on the status of and major challenges facing the country’s tourism industry today at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum—the only dedicated event in the Maldives for resort general managers. The third edition of the GM Forum will be held on April 18, 2018, at Kurumba Maldives. Since inception [...]

Next Hotelier Maldives GM Forum to take place on April 18, 2018

The third Hotelier Maldives GM Forum will take place on April 18, 2018, and will be held in Kurumba Maldives, the first resort to open in the country in 1973. Inaugurated in 2016, the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum features keynote speeches from industry leaders and panel discussions from experts in the tourism and hospitality industry [...]

What the Data Says; Thomas Stoeckle in Conversation

Thomas Stoeckle leads strategic business development at LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions (BIS). A marketing communications researcher and business leader with more than 25 years' experience, he believes passionately in story-telling through robust data evidence and compelling visualisation. Originally from Germany, Thomas has been living in London for 17 years, working with clients all over the [...]

Prominent hotel industry professionals meet at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017

Leading hotel industry professionals have come together to discuss various issues pertinent to hotel operations in the Maldives at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017. The second edition of the annual gathering, organized by Hotelier Maldives, was held at Hulhulé Island Hotel (HIH) on April 19. The forum, with its focus on knowledge sharing and adopting [...]

Leading Hoteliers to meet in April at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017

Leading hotel industry professionals are set to meet next month at the GM Forum 2017 – an annual gathering of general managers and hospitality industry stakeholders. The second edition of the forum, organized by Hotelier Maldives, would be held on April 19 in Hulhulé Island Hotel (HIH). The forum this year would include Hussain Afeef [...]

GM Forum registration extended for general managers; over 40 GMs confirm attendance

Registration deadline for the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017 has been extended for general managers, with over 40 general managers already registered. GM Forum 2017 – an annual gathering of general managers and hospitality industry stakeholders – would be held on April 19, in Hulhulé Island Hotel. Registration for general managers interested in attending the [...]

World of Outdoor signs as Platinum Sponsor of GM Forum 2017

World of Outdoor has signed as the Platinum Sponsor of Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017. World of Outdoor – based in Sri Lanka – is one of the leading brands providing state-of-the-art outdoor and indoor furniture products and solutions in Sri Lanka and other regional markets. The GM Forum – now into its second year [...]

Evo Home and Sonee Hardware sponsor Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017

Evo Home and Sonee Hardware have signed on as gold sponsors of Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017. The annual gathering of General Managers – the second such forum hosted by Hotelier Maldives – would be held on April 19, at Hulhulé Island Hotel, and will see industry leaders, policy makers, resort operators and owners come [...]

29 General Managers confirm Hotelier Maldives GM Forum attendance

With a little over a month to the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017, twenty-nine General Managers have confirmed their attendance at the forum. The annual gathering of General Managers – the second such forum hosted by Hotelier Maldives – would be held on April 19, at Hulhulé Island Hotel. Some of the brands that have [...]

Hussain Afeef (Champa) confirmed as a keynote speaker at Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017

Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017 confirms Hussain Afeef (Champa) – a tourism industry pioneer and entrepreneur – as a keynote speaker. The second edition of the GM Forum – a Hotelier Maldives initiative – would be held on April 19 at Hulhulé Island Hotel. It serves as a networking and knowledge sharing platform and brings [...]

Second Hotelier Maldives GM Forum to take place in April 2017

Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2017 is to take place on the 19th of April next year. Launched in 2016, the first GM Forum was attended by over 100 delegates including over 20 General Managers representing various properties in the Maldives. The event served as a networking and knowledge sharing platform for hotel owners, operators, industry [...]

Hotelier Maldives holds GM Forum 2016

The GM Forum saw the attendance of 20 general managers and over 52 other delegates including resort owners, government officials and key businessmen.

Over 80 delegates registered for Hotelier Maldives GM Forum

Over 80 delegates have registered for the first Hotelier Maldives GM Forum that takes place tomorrow 25 May at Hulhule Island Hotel.

MU Maniku to be Guest Speaker at first Hotelier Maldives GM Forum

Chairman of MATI, MU Maniku, is confirmed as Guest Speaker at Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2016.

Keynote speakers confirmed for first Hotelier Maldives GM Forum

A number of key players from the Maldivian hospitality industry are converging on Wednesday 25th May for the first Hotelier Maldives GM Forum. The event is organized by Perspective Pvt Ltd (PPL), the publisher of the bi-monthly hospitality sector focused print and online magazine Hotelier Maldives. Over 30 general managers from various hotels and resorts [...]