A delegation from the Department of Inclusive Education at the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the Maldives recently visited the renowned eco-resort Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences in Baa to learn more about its ground-breaking IncluCare concept. With hotels being accredited by Inclutel for accommodating visitors with diverse constraints, IncluCare is now gaining a reputation on a global scale.

Amilla Maldives is collaborating closely with UK-based accessible travel specialists to improve the resort's accessibility as the first IncluCare-certified property in history. Amilla is devoted to preserving a particular quality of excellence across operations in accordance with this commitment, and each year it works to increase accessibility through support, training, and auditing. By doing this, the resort is fostering transformational change and establishing the standard for lowering obstacles experienced by tourists with disabilities while on vacation in the Maldives.

A guest in a wheelchair at Amilla Maldives.

The Amilla management welcomed the ministry personnel during the visit and briefed them on the project during an educational session held inside one of Amilla's exquisite homes. The visiting guests were then treated to lunch at the Emperor's Beach Club (EBC). More than 3,000 young Maldivian individuals of all capacities are having trouble obtaining employment in resorts in the Maldives, and Amilla and the MOE considered solutions to this problem.

This involved seeking information and figuring out ways to alter the way people currently view the Maldives' hotel sector. The reps mentioned that 8% of their enrolled students had a disability of some kind and that integrating these students into the workforce through vocational training had been a successful idea. By taking this route, individuals are still able to feel like an essential team member while making major contributions to the industry.

A guest in a wheelchair at Amilla Maldives.

At Amilla, the resort is continually expanding and changing to accommodate visitors to the Maldives who have a variety of needs. Amilla's tenacity and love of inclusivity were recently put to the test when a visitor with cerebral palsy made a villa reservation at the resort. The crew was able to make the required modifications and get beyond any obstacles because the guest was very knowledgeable and at ease discussing her abilities with them. Six other resorts had already said they wouldn't be able to host her holiday trip to the Maldives.

The staff at Amilla exceeded her expectations by enabling her to go on her first snorkelling trip and sunset dolphin cruise, both of which she had dreamed of, as well as using the evacuation chair and sling for the seaplane trip and beach and swimming wheelchair for guests with mobility issues. Amilla aims to lessen obstacles at the front of the house as well as at the centre in the medium term by welcoming visitors of all types.

A guest in a wheelchair at Amilla Maldives.

The MOE and the Amilla Maldives have an agreement to look at what the resort has in store for IncluCare so that the Ministry can learn from it and help discover career opportunities for various able-bodied people. Additionally, Amilla hopes to inspire other resorts to enter the inclusive tourism market and increase everyone's access to vacations in this renowned location. Following the visit, representatives from the Ministry of Education gave Amilla Maldives a little mark of appreciation in the form of a lovely wooden carving of a traditional Maldivian dhoni.