Holiday Inn Extends Training Partnership with MNU

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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives and Maldives National University (MNU) have announced the renewal of their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the third successive two-year term on Wednesday.

The collaboration provides a platform for young and emerging Maldivian talent, offering them hands-on experience and practical exposure to reinforce learned theory. As part of this partnership, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives will continue to provide internships, training programmes, and other collaborative efforts to MNU students.

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“We are excited to continue our partnership with Maldives National University to tap into a pool of fresh, talented individuals eager to make their mark in the hospitality sector,” said Mark Eletr, General Manager of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives. “This partnership, now in its fifth year, aligns with our vision of nurturing future leaders in the industry and ensuring we remain at the forefront of service excellence.”

Eletr further emphasized the importance of embracing the younger generation: “The hospitality and tourism sector offers unique opportunities, and through specially curated learning programmes and guest-facing experiences, we hope that the industry’s excitement and diversity encourage students to embark on careers within the sector.”

The company notes that approximately 40% of its team members are Maldivian, highlighting the positive contribution to local communities which also adds authenticity to the guest experience.

Located in the South Male Atoll, just 40 minutes from the airport by boat, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is a picturesque island paradise offering various leisure activities and some of the best diving in the Maldives. 

Accommodation options include Garden and Beach Villas, two-storey Beach Houses, and popular Overwater Villas. Families are well catered for with the Kandoo Kids’ Club and a complete activities programme. Six food and beverage outlets ensure that appetites are satisfied and the flavours of the Maldives are explored. For ultimate relaxation, guests can enjoy sun loungers, hammocks around the island, and the Kandooma Spa by COMO Shambhala.

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