Inner Maldives, one of the leading travel operators in the Maldives, celebrates its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter-century of excellence, growth, and innovation. Founded in 1998 by the visionary entrepreneur, Mohamed Firaq, Inner Maldives has transformed from a small office in Male’ into a distinguished group of companies, becoming a beacon of inspiration and success in the Maldivian travel industry.
In 2007, the company achieved a significant milestone by being recognized as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency at the World Travel Awards. Under the inspiring leadership of Mohamed Firaq, the company has overcome challenges and embraced innovation, harmonizing entrepreneurship with a deep sense of responsibility towards the community.
In an exclusive interview with Corporate Maldives, Mohamed Firaq, Founder & CEO of Inner Maldives Holidays, shared the remarkable journey of the company, reflecting on the challenges faced during its inception and the strategies employed to stay ahead in the competitive travel industry. Firaq recalled his early days, highlighting the limited technological resources available at the time. Undeterred by obstacles, he ventured into the travel industry, leveraging his passion and determination. Reflecting on the journey, he stated, “I believed in my potential and wanted to explore new opportunities, which led me to venture into the travel industry.”
Through decades of experience, Firaq emphasized the significance of a dedicated team, extensive market research, and commitment to partners as essential components of Inner Maldives’ success. He outlined the company’s strategy, stating, “Our team, research, experience, and commitment to our partners are the key strategies that help us remain competitive in the industry.”
Looking towards the future, Firaq expressed his vision for Inner Maldives Holidays. He discussed plans to expand services, invest in cutting-edge technology, and foster sustainable tourism through collaborations with local businesses and stakeholders. He also underscored the importance of succession planning, indicating his hope that his children would carry the company’s legacy forward.