NewsJanuary 29, 2020

Holiday Inn® Resort Kandooma Maldives’ HR Team Wins ‘Staff Recreation Team of the Year’

Holiday Inn® Resort Kandooma Maldives has announced that they have been recognized by Human Capital of HR Maldives for the excellent performance of human resource management to motivate all the colleagues and drive successful business outcomes.

The resort received the coveted accolade of “Staff Recreation Team of the Year” while Ahmed Shazeen, Human Resources Manager of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, was named “An Exceptional HR Leader in the Maldives”. Through organizing and conducting a range of sport, leisure, and charitable activities, Shazeen and his team are key in empowering all their colleagues to continue working passionately to deliver True Hospitality.


Joseph Della Gatta, General Manager of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives commented: “Our Human Resources team, led by Ahmed Shazeen, has paved the way for all colleagues at the resort to deliver 10 years of True Hospitality for all our guests. I am delighted by our HR team’s recognition as through their best practices, they have created a winning culture which is the foundation of our success. It is through their vision of providing both our local and expatriate colleagues a “home-away-from-home” that has allowed us to thrive in an environment that fosters creativity, compassion, and collaboration.”

These awards represent individuals and organisations that have excelled in empowering HR to become a Strategic Business partner, while celebrating and acknowledging organisations and individuals that work passionately towards raising the bar for the profession through constant innovation. Shazeen and his team are key players in driving the many initiatives and events for the colleagues at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, including internal and inter-resort sporting tournaments, campaigns and week- to month-long events dedicated to celebrating the colleagues, and sustainable and charitable initiatives.

Celebrate Service Week, a global IHG campaign that aims to say ‘thank you’ to all colleagues as well as celebrating diversity and common beliefs, is one way the HR team ensures the whole resort team feels valued and appreciated. Through a week-long series of events, games, sporting activities, environmental activities, and evenings of vibrant food from different cultures, Celebrate Service Week is a chance to join colleagues around the world in celebrating the shared dedication to #TrueHospitality.

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives also partakes in IHG’s Giving For Good global campaign during a month of volunteering, making positive differences to the environment, and activities focused on health, fitness, and wellbeing. In 2019, the resort was part of a whopping 160,000 IHG colleagues around the world who helped raise $400,000 to charitable organisations supporting four causes important to IHG in the areas of water and sanitation; waste reduction; hospitality skills building; and disaster relief.

The colleagues of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives also take part in a variety of regular sustainable initiatives throughout the year including tree planting, harbor cleaning, island cleaning, and reef scaping. The Green Engage team represents a group of colleagues who actively drive daily sustainability initiatives to reduce water and energy usage. Within the team, there is also emphasis the ‘Room to Grow’ philosophy of prioritizing and developing internal talent with cross exposure among different departments, along with ‘Room for Her’, taking place on March 8th every year to celebrate all the female colleagues.