The ever-changing world of tourism requires frequent adaptation to cater to the needs of all groups of travellers, be it leisure, business or even both. And as the World’s Leading Destination, the Maldives is pragmatically redefining all segments of tourism from luxury, honeymoon, romantic, underwater, adventure, cultural, traditional, local tourism as well as business. Perhaps this last one surprises some of our readers, we don’t blame you, as the Maldives is renowned for being an all play and no work kind of destination. But this is far from the truth. The Maldives was, and is, poised to balance both business and leisure in the best ways possible.
Let us tell you how.
The Sunny Side of Life, aka the Maldives, offers something for everyone, and is a hospitality hotspot prominent in catering to all the complexities and requirements of the modern-day tourist. It is a given that we cater widely to the business travellers, who are growing by the numbers each year and are predicted to expand into an outstanding US$ 1.5 trillion market industry by 2025. The way business events are conducted has transformed over the years, especially given the global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, perhaps making it impossible to separate business and leisure at its core. Thus, it is imperative to have a balance to bring out the desired effects from any MICE events.
The Maldives is naturally equipped to balance and seamlessly merges business and leisure and works as an antidote to zoom fatigue, dreary meetings, conferences or exhibitions held in boardrooms or convention centres which drain the life out of you.
You want to pitch an idea to get a client on board, hold an important board meeting and get new plans approved, host an awards show or gala night, provide incentives for your potential clients/partners or employees by holding a dinner night to thank or woo them? Then Maldives is the place to be!
The four main tourism products that Maldives offers - one-island-one-resorts, city hotels, boutique guesthouses and liveaboards- all come equipped and ready to serve and accommodate all your MICE needs. The tourism facilities are aptly located in islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, gently swaying palm trees, and breath-taking powdery sandy beaches. Paired with the Maldives’ world class hospitality, unique experiences, and endless lists of amenities and services makes this a very impressive location to host your next business event or team building activity. Imagine, the world's most luxurious destination as your next venue, your “workation” or team-building trip will probably become the talk of the town for months to come.
The Maldivian tourism products offer you the perfect equilibrium from shifting from business mode to relaxation in a millisecond. The itinerary goes from important business meetings meeting/event, a break for a mid-day dive or snorkel, attending evening awards or gala night and so on and so forth. You get the idea. We offer you the best venues for your events, provide you beach-view locations to host lunches and dinners for clients and partners, or perfect the team building extracurricular activities guaranteed to strengthen team spirit. And we all know, a united and happy team leads to excellence in productivity and profitability.
Gone are the days when signing ceremonies, business deals, discussions, board meetings, have to be held behind closed doors in lighting which makes you zone out and stare longingly out the window. There is no need any more to have a back-to-back schedule where you work in the morning and attend a bleak event at a dull venue. The appropriate venue for a MICE event is somewhere you can relax and be your best self, to make the important decisions to take your business to the next level.
And that is what we, in the Maldives, have been doing silently and diligently for years. The Maldives has hosted many regional conferences, national and international events including awards ceremonies in our resorts, city hotels, which have the best services and views, providing you with anything a MICE event would require. The management of our facilities handles all the preparation for your events, provides decadent break and meal services, extracurricular activities and excursions incomparable to any other destination.
What’s more, for ultimate privacy and luxury, feel free to book a whole resort, hotel, or liveaboard for the event in advance and have the whole place to yourself. It ensures not just security, but also provides you with privacy that a lucrative deal may need till you are ready to go public with the merger you have been working upto in the last couple of years. If you’re looking to host an award ceremony, what better venue than at a beach during the golden hours of dusk (the best time for photographs!) or under a luminous blanket of stars? As for team building or motivational extracurricular activities, isn't a fishing trip, dolphin cruise, a catamaran competition or island hopping adventure a fun and exciting way to strengthen team spirit? This and more awaits you in the Maldives, if you pick this as your destination of choice for the not-so-businessy-but-definitely-totally a business trip.
So at the end of the day, there should not be any reason you can’t mix business with leisure and choose the Maldives for your next big MICE activity or event. It is the game changer that is needed to bring out fruitful results by either impressing a potential partner, or providing the motivation your team needs to take your business to new heights.