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Endless Possibilities For Your Summer Holiday With Crown & Champa Resorts

June 20, 2019
Kuredu Maldives

Dear guests,

Greetings from the Maldives!

Sustainability is at the heart of Crown & Champa Resorts. As such, we ensure that we take great care of the environment in which our resorts operate. From land to sea, we do our best to maintain the unspoilt beauty of nature. It was important for us to celebrate World Environment Day and World Oceans Day in all our properties with various activities such as island and lagoon cleanups. Further, we continue to look into implementing more environment-friendly measures to work alongside the initiatives we have in place.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi was recognised as the best Sustainable Project, in the recently announced 2019 HD Awards by Hospitality Design Magazine. The premier competition celebrates the best in hospitality project and product design worldwide. Our sales team has been attending various summits and roadshows in an effort to forge great business relationships and to promote our award-winning resorts.

With the summer holidays fast approaching, we would be delighted to welcome your family to our resorts. Most of our properties offer ample family-friendly facilities, allowing you to create special lifelong memories with your dear ones. Tailored programmes for kids, provided by the kid’s clubs in Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, guarantee that your children will have a fantastic time while on holiday.

For those of you planning your winter break, we urge you to visit individual resort websites to take advantage of available early bird offers and stay up to date with the latest news from your favourite resort.

We look forward to welcoming you back to paradise for sun, sea, sand and much more.

Sincerely,

Martin Vossen

Chief Executive Officer

Crown & Champa Resorts Travel Guide

Travelling On a Budget

April 22, 2019
innahura maldives resort

For most of us, the Maldives is on our travel bucket list, and with good reason. The beautiful weather, pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and vast marine life appeal to everyone. It is equal parts a romantic and an adventure destination, with much to do on both land and sea. With these tips, you can travel to the Maldives without having to spend all your life’s savings.

Plan

While spontaneous travel can be fun, it can also be an expensive endeavour. Planning well in advance allows you to figure out what your budget is, and what options are available to you within that budget. In terms of accommodation, the Maldives has a lot to offer ranging from luxury resorts and private islands to more humble and far more affordable resorts.

Innahura Maldives Resort is one such budget-friendly resort that allows you to enjoy the quintessential Maldives experience without the hefty price tag. While the price might be lower, the quality of service and facilities is not compromised. At this 3-Star resort, you can enjoy spacious, colourful beach bungalows, a stunning restaurant, two bars, a spa, gym and so much more.

Book In Advance

As with flight tickets, booking your resort in advance allows you to save more and take advantage of any special offers that are usually designed for Early Birds. These offers are typically listed on the special offers page of a resort website and promoted on the resort’s social media pages.

Innahura currently has a 40% special offer for stays between April 15, through and including October 31, when booked between April 15 through and including June 30. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the vacation of your dreams for 40% less?

Leave Nothing To Chance

Visit the resort’s website and social media pages, and sign up for their newsletter. This gives you a chance to learn about the various things you can do at the resort and how much they cost. Additionally, it helps you know about upcoming events that might be happening during your stay. Plus, by following their social media pages, you can start figuring out where you want to take photos once you are on the island!

Explore Crown & Champa Resorts and find the perfect fit for you!

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A Complete Guide To The Maldives

January 7, 2019
ccr

Leave your shoes behind and explore this tropical paradise. Arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, the Maldives is famed for its endless, un-spoilt beaches, crystal clear waters and beautiful weather. Every year, holidaymakers travel to this wonderful haven, seeking a little rest and restoration. If you are looking to escape to this idyllic destination, here are a few things to consider.

 

The Country

The Maldives is an Asian country located on the Indian Ocean. A tropical island, the weather is usually hot and sunny throughout the year, with skies nearly as blue as the water. Temperatures typically range from 23ºC-31ºC making it suitable for anyone looking for a little sun and sand. Though the best weather is experienced between November and April, it is one of the few countries you can visit all year round.

 

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The Resort

The ideal vacation starts by picking the perfect resort. From expansive, life of the party resorts to quieter, smaller, retreats, there is something for everyone here. Hurawalhi Island Resort’s luxury is unparalleled offering the perfect blend of comfort, serenity and adventure. The newest resort, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island is purposefully created for privacy with the luxury of anything, anywhere, anytime. Not too far off is Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, an adult only resort that is custom made for romance. If you are travelling with family, Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Kuredu Island Resort and Spa are family friendly resorts that make sure every member of the family is well taken care of. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a swimmer’s paradise with access to the finest House Reef in the Maldives. The traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru drums welcome you to Veligandu Island Resort & Spa where the charm of the Maldives is mixed with exceptional hospitality to create a unique holiday experience.

 

The Holiday

The Maldives is picture perfect from every angle. Whether you would like to witness the stunning views from the comfort of your porch or to enjoy the numerous excursions on offer at the resorts, is entirely up to you. Your vacation can be as fully packed or as relaxed as you want it to be. You can start the day off with a hearty breakfast at the buffet-style restaurants, grab your fins and explore the lagoon at midday and settle in for a nightcap at the bar. For a little extra pampering, a drop by the Duniye Spa will do you a lot of good. If you would like to learn more about the rich Maldivian history and culture, stop by the museum at Meeru Island Resort & Spa. Additionally, the frequently arranged island visits from each resort will give you an opportunity to interact with the locals.

 

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The Budget

 For a worry-free holiday experience, we recommend taking advantage of the special offers shared on the individual resort websites. Early bird offers enable you to book your holiday well in advance, so start the planning process and save some money! Further, opt for the All Inclusive Packages, as they come with a string of benefits while offering you the best value for money.

 

Now that you have the inside scoop, explore our resorts and book your dream vacation to paradise today.

Choose Crown & Champa Resorts.

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Successful Training & Development in the Maldives

September 20, 2018

Zakariyya “Zaki” Easa, Training & Development Manager for award-winning Crown & Champa Resorts has been with the company for over 19 years and offers insightful secrets to success in Training & Development in the Maldives.

 

Training & Development is an essential department in any organization, where employees are further equipped with a range of skills designed to enhance their job performance and shape their overall career goals. In the Hospitality Industry, resorts and hotels further invest their resources on training employees, and most importantly, developing the necessary skills within the company.

 

Born and raised in the Maldives, Zaki holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Open University of Malaysia; a Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Honours from the University of Toulouse in France (via Taylor’s University of Malaysia); and has maintained a successful track record working in various departments of the hospitality industry.

 

He has grown in his career with Crown & Champa Resorts during the past 19 years, focusing on all the operational departments from junior levels to executive levels. His multifaceted management skills include the highest level of compliance-based activities, such as Implementation and HACCP/Food Safety Training, and currently leading the Training and Development team representing the entire award-winning group.

 

Zaki’s acute knowledge and experience allows him to observe the various changes in the training processes employed by various companies in the Maldives, ‘the perspective of Employee Training and Development has drastically changed over the years in Maldives, from least valued sector to the most vital strategic business tool towards a necessary competitive edge’, he mentions. He further emphasises the need to have skilled trainers at the various Crown & Champa Resorts properties.

 

“To sustain business success, quality standards and continuity of service improvements at a competitive edge, multi-skilled and experienced trainers are vital. Their partnership is inseparable from a company’s business strategies and the business plans.”

 

Open communication and genuine partnership are some of the reasons why the Training & Development Department at Crown & Champa Resorts is so successful and essentially, one of the leading teams in the Maldives. Zaki finds that although each company is unique, very few keep the global workforce in mind when creating training portfolios. Key factors such as cultural and generational differences in the workforce affect how receptive an employee is to any training activity.

 

There are many facets to understanding the factors that affect an employee’s development within a company. Zaki mentions, ‘not having clear expectations at an operational level, as well as a career and succession plan.’ He further states that career goals serve as a fundamental motivational tool for any employee who wants to work in this industry. ‘A development plan with a realistic time frame builds trusted social contract between employees and employers’, he adds. This plan eventually helps to sustain continuous service improvements by retaining qualified and experience employees.

 

Crown & Champa Resorts offer a variety of development programmes for the benefit of the employee, the company and our guests. These include a Sponsorship Programme for in-house staff, Graduate Management Training Programme, as well as Departmental and Inter-Resort Cross Exposure Programme.

 

“Apart from basic education qualification, good behaviour, a positive attitude, flexibility and a passionate for your work. The ideal scholarship programme candidate is a person who loves to learn and improve knowledge/skills, is results oriented and a people’s person.”

 

Find out more about one of the successful recipients of a Crown & Champa Resorts scholarship here.

 

Download our 5 ways to improve your Training & Development Methods and enhance your own teams… the Crown & Champa Resorts way.

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Successful Sales & Marketing in the Maldives

July 25, 2018

Ahmed Shaheen, Director of Sales & Marketing for award-winning Crown & Champa Resorts (‘CCR’) has been with the company for over 23 years and offers insightful secrets to success in the Sales & Marketing arena of the Maldives.

 

From Market Trends, Sales Strategies and Marketing Plans to Sales Calls, International Trade Shows and Lead Generation, Sales & Marketing is an essential department in the Hospitality Industry, which is visible in multiple stages of the Guests’ Journey between initial knowledge of a destination, to the checkout and aftersales experience.

 

Year after year, CCR continues to grow as leading Resort & Hotel brand in the Maldives, which currently manages a total of 8 properties with several new developments underway. The Sales & Marketing Department ensures that each Resort and Hotel individually, as well as a part of the renowned group, is well represented across all Markets and platforms among our partners, Travel Agents and Tour Operators.

 

Born and raised in Maldives, Shaheen holds a Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management from Taylor’s College in Malaysia and has climbed the ladder from a young age with experience in various departments of the hospitality industry. He has grown in his career with CCR during the past 23 years focusing on Accounts, Operations, Sales & Marketing and currently now taking lead of the Sales & Marketing team representing the entire award-winning Group.

 

Travel and Hospitality in the Maldives is a rapidly changing environment and an industry where one has to focus to stay ahead of the market. CCR’s diverse and experienced Sales & Marketing team sets the Group apart. Shaheen adds that, ‘each member in the team contributes valuable experience and knowledge to our sales strategies in order to keep up with the new trends of each market in the world and the destination itself.”

 

In his advise to Sales & Marketing professionals on setting a successful sales strategy, Shaheen lists the follow key points:

 

  1. Listen to your sources and evaluate their statements, concerns, suggestions and opinions.
  2. Discuss with your team of experts and evaluate the same.
  3. Use the contributions to implement a customized strategy.

 

“By listening to our valued partners all around the world, we focus on evolving our brand and creating new trends for our partners to join us on our journey of new and fresh offerings.”

 

International Trade Fairs are a great way for Sales & Marketing professionals to foster Business-to-Business (B2B) partnerships, including some of the World’s leading travel events like ITB Berlin and the World Travel Market. At such events, Shaheen estimates that the team manages an average of 70 meetings including Tour Operator functions and networking events.

 

“A typical day at a trade show for our team includes a combination of meetings to acquire, developing and retain partners. With each partner, we actively solicit discussions on how we can improve, as well as plan and strategize how to keep up with the market trends and empower these relationships.”

 

The goal, to ensure that Crown & Champa Resorts remains the best partner in the Maldives, is intrinsically linked to the Group’s vision, as well as the mission to exceed all expectations, whether from behind-the-scenes, as with Sales & Marketing efforts, harnessing valuable feedback from partnerships or improving the overall guest experience.

 

Learn more about Sales & Marketing efforts in the Travel and Hospitality Industry. Read the 5 little known facts and the link between these efforts and the guest experience.