Thursday, November 27, 2014

First Fully Solar Powered Maldives Luxury Resort - Gasfinolhu Island Resort

We had a family holiday to this resort, before the renovation. It was a lovely place. Food was great, the chefs were very friendly. there weren't any swimming pools, but we went to the beach,shallow waters and we even got water-sports for free!

New Gasfinolhu Island Resort

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Gasfinolhu Island Resort when went for holiday in 2011 March

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do you have to use Social Media for Branding?

Writing this post
I was reading some marketing articles/blogs on flipboard when I was going today to office and decided that writers are either confusing you to make money, or their knowledge is, in fact limited.

Some say that the use of social media for branding has immense potential, whilst on the contrary some others say brands are wasting time and money on Facebook and Twitter. Or sometimes, the very same writer contradicts his/ her own post.

The way I see it, from business to business, country to country & audience to audience it differs. Talk to your marketing staff and see what they are capable of with social media; be frank with them and say ‘I have a few questions. I read something in an article recently. Do you think it is effective and would it be worthwhile to apply to our business?’ Talking to your staff & taking decisions is one of the best things boss can do. Not only does nobody else understand what’s best for your business better than your own staff, they might also have hidden ideas & input that you have never discovered.

All in all it's a good idea to have social media for all businesses. You can generate some great traffic & quality conversions. Do be careful when it comes to utilizing time & money effectively.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Top 5 Kids Friendly Maldives Resorts

Over the weekend (it’s still Sunday) I was trying to spend some time with my kids but that didn’t go according to plan. I was at home compiling the  #HoneyDoList, after which I had to go to a lunch invitation in Negombo.

When I got back home later that night, I really felt bad for my kids because I wasn’t able to even talk to them properly.

My daily life with my wife & kids goes something like this. After waking up for subah prayers at 4:30am, I  then go to the mosque and pray with Umar & Abdullah. From then on, like a machine my wife and I get them ready for school & I prep for office. We do not have time to smile at each other; I go to office & kids will go to school.

I come home at around 8pm/9pm (if there’s no meeting at office) and by the time I’m home, the 3 eldest will be sleeping whilst youngest 2 are getting ready to sleep. I then pray on my own before hitting the sack.

When thinking this over, I felt ‘Alhamdulillah Allah is great & I am so blessed to see family; even though I can't spend time with them’.  On observation, most people’s lives are somewhat similar, but some of them only see their families after a week, perhaps months or even  years.

At the end of the day we do all of this for family & to keep our homes happy. Better (and relaxing)  solution would be to spend your vacation in a place like Maldives. For me this is the one of the most relaxing destinations where you will have nothing, but a real family holiday.

I have been in the Maldives travel industry since 2006. It has been almost 8 years to date. As I always say, I love data: It will help you analyze, forecast, understand & will help you make strong decisions. As per my study for Maldives, about 60% are coming Maldives Resort for a family holiday. I trust my recommendation of the Maldives for family (like mine) to spend some quality time together.

I thought of sharing my personal thought about child friendly resorts as a parent; being in Maldives travel industry for so long, I hope I can definitely help you find the best resort for your family holiday. At the end of the trip what we are all looking for, is some quality time with our kids & of course with your sweetheart.

Maldives is one of the best destinations for couples who wants to have some quality time alone. The resorts with ‘kids’ club’ facilities will add a great opportunity for your kids to have a good experience. Do not settle for ‘kids’ club’ where they will just have some toys in a park or room. 

As a parent I can advise you to look for a place where your kids will have some new experiences, such as water sports, external sports, cooking programs, green activities, kids swimming pool & etc. My kids are glued to their computers & iPad when we go on a trip. Ensure you do not allow them to bring  technological gadgets to the resort. Let them spend some real time in the real world.

Here comes my experience in travel field; I just want to name the best 5 Kids Club where I would like to take my kids for a great experience in Maldives.

One of the best place to have experience with family, Can have a wonderful experience at Suneva Fushi with your kids, they even have a package called Family Fun Package with a cool activities with kids & you. Children explore a pirate ship, two swimming pools, a children's mocktail bar, lego room, dress-up area, cinema, library, learning area, sound-proof music room filled with instruments, the Tunnel. A 14-metre channel clad in roots, branches and hidden surprises, organic gardens filled with flowers, swings and nests tucked into the trees. Father & Son Picnic and Mother & Daughter Spa, Cooking class for children and families, Family Dolphin Cruise, Gourmet Dining experience, include chocolate and wine, mocktails for children, cheese and meat tasting with selected fine wines. The Den Fach Sheet

For the youngest, Le Carrousel offers a range of cultural, playful and sports activities: children yoga, submarine pictures safari, treasure hunt and many other memorable experiences. Outdoors, a pergola protects children from the sun allowing them to play as much as they please. A large water slide sitting on top of a special pool tops this universe dedicated to the pleasure of little ones.For teenagers, Le Paddock offers an entirely dedicated space opening onto a garden: billiard, table football, table tennis, a multimedia station as well as many other experiences from a subaquatic hike to observational astronomy sessions. PDF Fact Sheet

I really like the name “Tender Hearts”, this is newly refurbished luxury resort. Small library, board games, bicycles, dedicated & well-trained and creative team, Junior Certification Program, Painting and Drawing, Crab Race, Movies, Sandcastle making, Dance Party, Running Race , Balloon Race, Make your own Sandwich, Musical Chairs, Treasure Hunt, Tour of the Resort, Babysitting

Educational activities, beach-based activities, Young Pirates of Villingili, Jungle Discovery, Crab Hunting & Racing, Underwater Adventure, Nature Arts & Crafts, Island Fitness, Young Adventurers Mailing List

5. “Majaa Kids” at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

10 Social Media Tactic for Resort Website Traffic

You can use this article for any business it is just a perspective of how you look, with my experience and the study of the trade I am in, I thought to rewrite this article help to promote resorts and hotels. With the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn growing over the last few years, more and more people are using Social Media to communicate. In fact, many consumers turn to these sites to find products and services, as well as, to get opinions from others.

There are many ways that you can increase traffic to your resorts and hotels website but it does not mean all visitors are holidaymakers, May be about 5% or less will convert as bookings but till by increase traffic your resorts and hotels website will give you good rank in search engine.

Here are 10 Ways that your resorts & hotels business can use Social Media to increase online traffic to your website:

1. Share Blogs on Social Media Sites
The absolute best way to drive traffic to your resorts & hotels websites by using Social Media networks is through blogs. Essentially, blogs are similar to regular articles, but they are written from the author’s perspective, and they usually welcome comments. Add new blog posts frequently and link to these on Social Media networks. It is advised to have make blog about everything you see in your resorts & hotels. For example: when it comes to resorts & hotels you will have hundreds of photos, Post them one by one everyday and explain about the photos and resorts & hotels information. Ask questions in blog so that it will automatically invite visitors to make an action (comment). Creating blog in your same domain is a good idea but how many people have the fully featured blog scripts to protect from spams and accepting comments from blog readers. So it is always better to have blog site from so that we dont have to worry about members, registration, comments since already users will have gmail/openID account to comment. So once you add the blog share it using Social Media networks about the blog and the comments.

2. Update Statuses Frequently
One of the best social networking strategies involves updating statuses frequently, but not frequently enough to put off visitors. Daily updates are generally sufficient. You should inform to your customers and or followers about what is happening in resort now and also give them some promotional updates and wherever you post article just invite them to read from status update.

Idea: Who has the time to sit and do post to each and every social media network, I have made my own web application  where I just have to schedule or list the messages I want to post so that the WebApp will automatically post for each and every social network and I have also I have added a option to report same message unlimited times (can set an interval ).

3. Build Backlink Relationships
It is very common for small resorts & hotels websites to backlink to one another’s Social Media profiles as a form of free and complementary advertising. For instance, if your resort or hotel located in Maldives, you can choose Sri Lanka resort or hotel website, you can talk to the sites who are into holiday service and travel related for backlink.

4. Hold Advertising Campaigns
Resort management should hold frequent online advertising campaigns in order to get more website traffic. As an example, a you can offer consumers the chance to win a free holiday or a significant discount once their Facebook page has so many ‘likes.’ The drawing should be held as promised, and the name should be chosen randomly from among people who have ‘liked’ the page.

5. Promote Other Small Hotels & Resorts
Social Media networks are fantastic ways to promote other small hotels & resorts, so it may also be helpful for Hotels & Resorts to start a thread in which another business can post updates and links to promote their business. As a whole, the participants in the thread will gain exposure to other companies that offer products and services they desire.

6. Post Photos
Photos are always a great way to increase guests interest in Hotels & Resorts, so it is important for you to post them on Social Media frequently. Some great times to do this include when a new offer are added to a line, when a blog post is about a particular offer, or when a certain offer or service goes on sale.

7. Get Guests Opinions
Guests want to know that their opinions matter, so asking for opinions on rooms or services on a Social Media network can work wonderfully. When a resort management is thinking of adding a new villa, for example, they can post a photo of the villa and a brief description, and then, ask guest if they would be interested in visiting again.

8. Guest Blogging
Guest blogging is another phenomenal Social Media Strategy that can cause a sharp increase in the number of website visitors. Essentially, Hotels & Resorts management form agreements with popular bloggers in which the guest blogger will write a positive review about services, either for a cash payment. Then, the blogger allows the Hotels & Resorts management to link back to the blog on their Social Media pages.

9. Word of Mouth Advertising
Social Media is a huge venue for word-of-mouth advertising, and Hotels & Resorts management should capitalize on this in any way possible. You can ask customers to ‘like’ your Facebook pages or include your name in a ‘Tweet’ when they are satisfied with their services. They can also offer prizes for those who mention the business name in Facebook or Twitter comments and updates.

10. Article Marketing
Article Marketing and Social Media networking go together like salt and pepper. Consumers want information, and well-written, short, informative articles are just the way to deliver. The articles should be related to the industry’s niche, located on the company’s website or an article marketing site, and then linked via a Social Media network.

These ten ideas are some of the best and most cost-effective ways to advertise online with the help of Social Media. You can truly thrive when they make the most out of the available opportunities, increasing their online presence and driving online traffic to their website.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Who is a MAN?

I saw this post in Facebook today, its really true 

A man is a beautiful part of God's creation who starts compromising at a very tender age.

He sacrifices his chocolates for his sister.

He sacrifices his dreams for just a smile on his parents face.

He spends his entire pocket money on buying gifts for the lady he loves just to see her smiling.

He sacrifices his full youth for his wife & children by working late at night without any complain.

He builds their future by taking loans from banks & repaying them for lifetime.

He struggles a lot & still has to bear scolding from his mother, wife & boss.

His life finally ends up only by compromising for others' happiness.

If he goes out, then he's careless
If he stays at home, then he's a lazy
If he scolds children, then he's a monster
If he doesn't scold, then he's a irresponsible guy
If he stops wife from working, then he's an insecure guy
If he doesn't stops wife from working, then he's somebody who lives on wife's earnings.
If he listens to mom, then he's mama's boy
If he listens to wife, he's wife's slave

Respect every male in your life. U will never know what he has sacrificed for you.
Worth sending to every man to make him smile & every woman to make her realize his worth!