The Small Maldives Island Co (TSMIC) started the year on a high after Maldivian resort Amilla Fushi was named the Best Family Resort in the Maldives at the prestigious MATATO Maldives Travel Awards 2018 gala, held on 27 December. CEO and Curator of TSMIC, Mark Hehir, was also named MATATO People’s Choice – Travel Personality of the Year. This prestigious recognition honours Hehir’s positive impact on the country’s tourism industry as well as his overall contribution to the visitor experience and quality of service offered in the Maldives.
Initiated in 2012 by the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), the Maldives Travel Awards celebrate commitment, excellence and expertise in the Maldives tourism and hospitality industry. The gala evening saw over 200 travel industry professionals come together to honour the winners in 25 ‘Gala Edition’ categories, exclusively for resorts, airlines and liveaboards operating in the Maldives; as well as five People’s Choice awards recognising outstanding individuals. Winners are selected based on a combination of scores sourced from a judging panel of experienced industry professionals, and popular votes submitted online or via SMS.
Born and raised in Australia, Mark Hehir has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, and is an influential figure in the Maldives tourism sector. Since joining as CEO and Curator in 2015, Hehir has been the driving force behind TSMIC’s award-winning island resorts Amilla Fushi and Finolhu in Baa Atoll. The Maldives Travel Awards People’s Choice award represents the Maldives travel industry’s highest honour for outstanding pioneers and long serving individuals.
Translating to ‘My Island Home’, Amilla Fushi offers spacious luxury island living in a broad range of family accommodation, all with large freshwater pools and outside areas for al fresco dining. Families can choose from two-bedroom Ocean Lagoon Houses, Beach Houses and Tree Houses, or spectacular four- to eight-bedroom self-contained, fully equipped Residences for a true ‘home from home’ experience. Relaxed dining options allow families to indulge in diverse culinary offerings from around the world whilst the Javvu Spa offers an award-winning holistic retreat in stunning surrounds.