The Maldives-based J Hotels & Resorts, launched at WTM London began a tourism service base in Bangalore earlier this year. J Hotels & Resorts has launched its four prime properties, offering several travel and tourism services. The promoters are hoping to cash in on the corporate tourism potential apart from the regular leisure travellers.
At the Bangalore launch, Mr. Mahmood Shaugee who was then Maldives Minister for Tourism and Aviation said, “Maldives has been a favourite tourism destination for many Indians. We also have a plethora of Bollywood producers queuing up to shoot their movies here. With the new international airport in place, Bangalore has the opportunity to be the gateway of India for the small states of Indian Ocean countries. It has the potential to be the hub of travel trade in India. The formation of J Hotels & Resorts will add to the prospects of Maldives as it will to India and Bangalore. Professional hospitality services providers are important to the business and I am sure, leisure and corporate travels will benefit hugely from their services.”
Talking to Tourism Maldives magazine about the new projects in the Maldives, Mr. Abdullah Jabir, Chairman, J Hotels & Resorts said, “The resorts which we are promoting under ‘J’ are at Kuda Rah, Raalhuveli, Handhu Fushi and Huvaandhumaafushi. We have also a few more projects in the pipeline, which we hope will be operational the next high season. Handhu Fushi, a 475 bed resort, is already in operation.”
About the group’s philosophy, Mr. Jabir stated that the J Group had three categories of hotels, five star plus, five star and four star plus aiming to provide nature friendly and environment friendly services to the guests including good food, good entertainment, etc. The services would appeal to their Indian clients also.
“One of our resorts is located very close to the community and visitors can enjoy the experience of living with the local inhabitants, if they wish. This is another advantage that J Hotels offers,” said Mr. Jabir.
Mr. Jabir has full confidence in the future of the Maldivian tourism industry.
“I think the Maldivian tourism industry is always on high demand. We are getting visitors on long haul flights. The support from the Indian market is very important for Maldivian tourism products, because it is a very close destination, and not far away like Europe, Germany and Italy,” he remarked.