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Maldives Supplier Expo is an invitation-only event, where exhibiting companies can expect to meet key decision makers including engineering directors, procurement managers and Chief Financial Officers from all over the Maldives. Maldives Supplier Expo is first of its kind, which will be held during TTM 2018 from 2 – 3 May 2018.

Indeed, a total of 1000+ key decision makers and purchasing chiefs from over 150 resorts plus leading companies of Maldives are expected to pass through the doors of Maldives Supplier Expo to visit and network with the exhibitors of Maldives Suppliers Expo.

Below are some of the key highlights:

  1. First of its kind which will be an invitation-only networking event solely for suppliers to be held in the Maldives
  2. TTM Supplier Expo is set to see over 50 International and local tourism-related suppliers.
  3. Visitors will be able to source all ranges of products and services required for hotel and resort operators in the Maldives
  4. The Expo is directed with its range at professionals in the indoor and outdoor sector
  5. It would give potential buyers an excellent opportunity to get an overview of offers for the industry.
  6. This would include accommodation, transport, catering, F&B related suppliers such as beds, benches, chairs, floor coverings, glass tables, hot tubs, lamps, plastic chairs, pools, slides, tiles, garden furniture and such.
  7. Exhibiting companies are guaranteed to meet key decision makers including engineering directors and procurement manager from all over the Maldives.
  8. Organizations and their marketing departments are always looking for opportunities to expand their brand and build awareness.
  9. Maldives Supplier Expo will give you the much-needed brand exposure & awareness
  10. “Maldives Supplier Expo Guide” will have the profiles of suppliers as well as product details & will be distributed to all key stakeholders across the Tourism community of the Maldives and key travel trade shows across the world.

The Maldives is internationally renowned for its world-class tourism products. With over 125 resorts already in operation and 50 more planned by the Maldivian government to be operational before the end of 2018 clearly shows the need for a supplier engagement event hence, TTM Supplier Expo. TTM Supplier Expo will act as an innovative marketplace dedicated exclusively to industry professionals. This would be a complete event that promotes the entire value chain, capitalizing on the supplier side while promoting the dynamism of Maldivian demand worldwide.

To exhibit please send an email to ttm@traveltrademaldives.com or contact +9603011720

For more information please follow our event link on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/934396566713913/

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP – ANJU HAWOLDAR 0 295

“Skills can be taught but attitude is what you are born with and what you nurture by breeding the right habits”

It is on these terms that Anju Hawoldar , Brand Ambassador for Decayeux Golf and Director of Oceandash Fresh Seafood Ltd, embarked  on her entrepreneurial journey and has built up a reputation which won her an award in 2017 for ‘Femme Entrepreneur’. The right attitude, according to her has shaped up her journey where passion , precision, dedication and quality are the key ingredients to meet up clients’ expectations. 

Driven , determined and dynamic, she began her career by the set up and launch of an Indian restaurant in Moka and subsequently selling it to meet up new challenges and move in different more promising segments namely : Golf, as the Brand Ambassador for Decayeux Golf; Seafood , as the Director of Oceandash Fresh Seafood Ltd and more recently in property development and real estate sector as a consultant. 

According to her, the secret which fosters the success of an entrepreneur lies in engendering the right attitude “ Skills can be taught but attitude is what you are born with and what you nurture by breeding the right habits. The drive factor for the success of any entrepreneur relies heavily on how result-oriented and how dedicated he is. The pace at which our society is moving and evolving ,embracing culture change and innovation , reasserts my core beliefs about work ethics, discipline and consistency’

Having embraced different work responsibilities and in spite of having herself a very busy schedule, she is adamant that ‘there is a huge difference between business and busyness! It is only by adopting the right mindset  and working towards optimal customer service within set  deadlines in a challenging and competitive environment that one can turn an unproductive busyness in a successful business.

Passion for golf

The past decade has seen a major paradigm shift in the economic players of our market. Anju’s drive to tap in new market opportunities paved her way as Brand Ambassador for Decayeux Golf, a  French company having set up a subsidiary company in Mauritius since two years. Decayeux Golf , based in France has been a pioneer in the processing of metal parts /accessories for luxury goods and jewellery to well reputed houses such as Louis  Vuitton. It has over a century sustained development in this sector and enhanced its expertise to come up with a prestigious line ‘Decayeux Golf’ offering a range  of opulent-statement makers to refined timeless pieces and jewellery  such as Gold plated cufflinks, Belts, Necklaces , Bracelets, Clubhouse lamps, Keyrings and tees (to name a few).

Golf tourism has undoubtedly emerged as a promising sector in the past decade. Our country not only boasts of some of the best 18-holes courses but can at the same time provide the right climatic conditions and hospitality that could propel it from ‘ the new kid on the block as a golf destination’ to being a golf destination par excellence’ 

The market always dictates the rules for entrepreneurs like us and we can only take the cue to go ahead with the launch of a new product when we see old players holding a monopoly of the market but not offering the competitive advantage that we have to offer. Already present on our market are Lacoste and Boss Green for which there is a huge demand from Golfers. However our products at Decayeux Golf have an unparalleled competitive advantage in that these have been designed specifically for golfers. 

Seafood as a growing opportunity 

Being herself a foodie and having held a restaurant for a decade, Anju struggled to find on the local market products which were fresh and readily available upon demand. She saw the huge untapped potential of Oceandash Seafood Ltd and took it over two and half years ago to propel it to another level of distribution targeting Hotels , resorts and key supermarkets. 

As at date the company supplies fresh seafood from Scotland namely Salmon , Oysters, Lobsters, scallops and Mussels. She has through a short span of time, through her premium quality products secured the trust of well established restaurants and hotels around the island. Though according to her the market is “ small, tough and challenging’, she is confident that as long as her products reflect competitive strength and her team is geared towards customer service , she will only be moving a step ahead. As explained , the price-quality equation always comes into play in a market as competitive as seafood. ‘ It is hard to explain at a tasting with a new client why our salmon ( for instance) is different from that coming from Norway. At the end of the day to some clients , Salmon is Salmon. This is when I always point out and re-emphasize the difference between my products and that available on the market. Loch Fyne , the Scottish supplier I am working with , is the proud holder of ‘The Queen’s award for the premium quality of their products. This is in itself a statement”

Being a regular in London , she has always been amazed by the wide range of fresh , high quality products which was available on the market and for which there could be a huge demand on our market. She rightly believes that there has been a change in consumer trends, where people are now looking for a healthier and fresher alternative on their plates. It undeniable that  in recent years there has been an evolution in the quality of products available on supermarket shelves : Food items from Waitrose and Jacobs are now available on the market. With  Oceandash Fresh Seafood Ltd  Anju aims at bringing home, products which are in line with the new market trends keeping in mind the size of the market. 

In spite of the continuous growth of her company , she believes that it is ‘only a baby swimming with the sharks’. So for the next quarters her objective for the company is to conduct a market research to identify new opportunities for the distribution of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook items given that we are evolving in a fast moving society where people hardly have time to prepare a meal. 

Building on existent work ethics and targeting new markets

What next ? Anju takes a wide interest in the economic development of Mauritius more precisely in property development. Recently she been appointed as a consultant in the real estate sector although she believes that ‘it is quite slow moving at the moment, there is still a potential for growth’ She perceives that land will never be devaluated but will at some point become scarce due to numerous ongoing projects. The key would then lie in tapping revenue in the face of these constraints and opt for smarter development. 

‘No challenge is worth the ride , if when taking it up, there are no struggles involved’

It is on this positive note that she concluded this enlightening interview and adds that she holds quality family time as her priority as this is what keeps her grounded to her core beliefs : humility , dedication and honesty!

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THE GASTRONOMY QUEEN – EMMANUELLE COQUET 0 137

Emmanuelle Coquet, is the Director of The Gourmet Emporium and L’Epicerie Delicatessens.

The company she incorporated in 2010, imports and supplies gastronomic products to the best hotels of the island. Alongside a dedicated professional team and her daughter, she manages three delicatessens and its catering service.

Hospitality & Private Catering in Mauritius is her playground and it is not surprising that she has been coined as “The Gastronomy Queen”. Recently nominated at the IBL Tecoma Awards, Emmanuelle gives us a glimpse of her busy life, which entails meeting at her level best the requirements of her clients but at the same time keeping quality for her family which is her priority.

Besides being a devoted mother, this serial entrepreneur is not only famous for her contribution to the Mauritian gastronomy, hospitality and catering events but is always networking and constantly promoting her brands herself. The key to her success is her innate passion for fine food products, and likewise she nurtures great love for the Champagne Billecart-Salmon for which she holds an exclusif distribution for Mauritius.

Her company is also the exclusive distribution for the Rova Caviar from Madagascar in Mauritius, a first in the Indian Ocean. In order to provide a wider range of gastronomic products to the market she undertakes to continuously source out new products which indirectly allows for growth in the food and beverage sector in line with latest culinary trends. To showcase and market their products better, the company carries out numerous tasting events where chefs are able to discover discerning quality products.

In addition to her various professional activities Mrs Coquet is also involved in benevolent activities. She helped intensively to launch the ‘Chefs du Cœur’, an association of chefs and celebrities from the hospitality industry, which organizes gastronomic evenings to raise funds to support good causes. It also runs the “Foot for the future” program in the Riambel region (south of the island) which combines sports support (purchase of shoes, balloons and sponsorships) and literacy program for underprivileged children.

So all of you, gastronomy professionals, gourmet and wine lovers, remember that The Gourmet Emporium and L’Epicerie is definitely a one stop shop for the quality products you are constantly looking for. Your shopping experience will be a journey of discovery of the finest gourmet foods and wines selected with passion.

THE EMPORIUM GOURMET LTD, Ferney Road, Forest Side – Tél : 670 9997

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