While everyone looks forward to enjoying the fun activities that the festive season brings, there is an additional piece of happiness that the tourism industry staff get during the season. Call it a little holiday gift if you may, but the service charge earned during the last few months of a year is usually the highlight of the year for many industry staff who earn a little more than usual due to the increased visitor rates.
With tourist properties being legally obligated to pay 10 percent of their total revenues as service charge to their employees, it is no surprise that during the months of December / January, the industry staff in the Maldives look forward to their payday.
As hotels and resorts earn more - as the festive season usually means full occupancy in almost every single Maldives resort, they also manage to generate better revenue than other months of the year. And with better revenues hotels and resorts are able to pay their staff increased service charges as well.
This year, employees from one of the largest guest house operators in the Maldives, Kaani Hotels in Maafushi got quite the upgrade from the usual service charge given in the hotel industry as the company paid a total of USD 75,600 in service charge to its 180 staff.
Each staff working at Kaani Hotels received USD 420 (MVR 6,476) for December 2022, and broke a record as the Hotel in Maafushi managed to match the service charge paid by some of the resorts in the Maldives, paying a higher service charge than any guest house property has paid their staff in the Maldives.
Speaking on this record-breaking payout, the chairman of Kaani Hotel noted that the company’s earnings had started to significantly improve in the last two months, making the business more successful than pre-COVID-19. While Kaani has already gained major traction due to this high payout, the company's chairman has also noted that the company is expecting the service charge to be even better in the coming month.
Kaani Hotels recently also celebrated its 10-year anniversary on 9th December 2022, where they focused heavily on the hard work that the Kaani staff put into making the property the success it is today.
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