Mark Hehir – People’s Choice: Travel Personality of the Year 2018

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Mark Hehir has won the title of MATATO's People's Choice — Travel Personality of 2018 at the Maldives Travel Awards 2018.


With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry Mark Hehir is currently the Chief Executive Offer & Curator at The Small Maldives Island Co (TSMIC), which currently operates the stunning Amilla Fushi and Finolhu Resorts.

“Thank you to my entire team at The Small Maldives Island Co team, wife and family for all your support. It is a great honor to be recognized” Mark said in a statement.

Born and raised in Australia, Mark Hehir worked in his home country as well as in Europe, Asia and the Indian Ocean. He joined The Small Maldives Island Co after four successful years at the One & Only Reethi Rah where he held the position of General Manager implementing various effective and innovative philosophies.

Mark firmly believes that one should always be ready to get their hands dirty to do the job, he inspires his staff with not only words but with action and believes that with hard work and determination anyone can achieve their goals.

Initiated in 2012 by MATATO, Maldives Travel Awards celebrate and honor the best tourism and hospitality products in the Maldives, while fostering relationships with suppliers and local travel agents. From 20 categories in 2012, the awards have now expanded into three editions totalling 55 categories.

Just like last year, MATATO is hosting the People’s Edition to recognize successful pioneers and long-serving individuals in the tourism industry, a Guesthouse Edition, which celebrates the outstanding performance of the up and coming guesthouse sector, and the Grand Gala, which is exclusive for winners in the categories for resorts, airlines and liveaboards.