Lobbied to Amend Maldives Employment Act (2/2008) and Human Resource Development in Tourism.
Organized series of meetings between MATI and TEAM regarding the Maldives Employment Act 2/2008
MATI, with the presence of lawyers, met with members from TEAM to discuss the “FRIDAY” issue. It was agreed to suggest the following amendments to the Employment Act
Do away with Friday as a public holiday and make it a normal working day for employees in the tourism industry. (Basic 6 day working week + 1 day rest)
Introduce a “Friday Allowance” equivalent to 2 days salary per month, payable at the end of each month with the salary
“Friday Allowance” not payable during the annual holiday period
MATI invited all interested resorts to short-term training programs conducted in cooperation with a local firm. Objectives of this program included:
To teach winning attitudes for work and to refresh staff about modern management.
To motivate staff to enhance their productivity and competency.
To provide a forum for exchange of views, ideas and experiences toward service improvement and organizational development
MATI coordinated with the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture by giving feedback on a framework which the ministry is trying to adapt as an attempt to assist the tourism industry effectively handle the grievances that may arise, more specifically in regards to the disputes and grievances between employees – employers
Revision of the Tourism Act 2/99
Board members from MATI participated in a meeting held by members of the parliament at the Citizens Majlis relating to revisions made to the Maldives Tourism Act
In particular, due to the cabinet’s decision to review and revise the regulations under Law 2/99 that govern the Tourism industry, MATI felt that it was an important moment to bring to the attention of His Excellency Mohamed Nasheed the benefits of relaxing the imposition on resorts to restrict their built-up area to 20% of the land area of the island. The benefits of revising this requirement to 30% were many and would benefit the 3 key stakeholders which are the Government, resort operators and tour operators:
Key Benefits Included:
Added capacity in already existing resorts would mean more lease rent to the government.
Greater volume of bed nights contributes more to government revenue through bed tax.
More facilities could be offered on the resorts that add value to the product.
More rooms could be offered to the charter/middle market immediately to meet urgent needs as already existing resorts could enjoy economies of scale and other means of cost saving.
Tour operators and charter operators would be given more volume to operate in the middle market derive more confidence in the destination.
Overall the Maldives would become a more affordable destination, especially necessary with the forecast of difficult times ahead.
A special letter on behalf of the President was sent to MATI stating that work and consultation was ongoing with relevant parties and lawmakers to see whether there was a way to revise the built up area from 20% to 30% within the laws that govern the Tourism Act
MATI submitted the following revisions to the resort lease rent to the Government.
The present resort lease rents be frozen until the end of 2010.
The rent fixing formula be revised before the end March 2010 with redefinition of basis of calculation of national average lease rent.