Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, the idyllic tropical boutique hideaway, recently hosted students and lecturers from Milan-Bicocca and IULM University, Italy, in a special educational initiative organized by the MaRHE Center of the University of Milano-Bicocca, under the coordination of Elena dell’Agnese and Claudio Melli. This collaborative effort aimed to deepen awareness and understanding of sustainable tourism practices in the pristine environment of the Maldives.
On January 15, 2024, eager students and experienced lecturers from Milan-Bicocca and IULM University explored the sustainability initiatives implemented by Sun Siyam Vilu Reef during their visit. The resort’s dedicated sustainability team guided them through various aspects of their eco-friendly practices, showcasing a strong commitment to responsible tourism.
Throughout the tour on the charming island, participants gained insights into the resort’s conservation efforts. The Sun Siyam Vilu Reef sustainability team emphasized the importance of minimizing the environmental footprint in the Maldives, a region known for its exquisite natural beauty.
Printey, representative of the Sustainability team at Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, expressed delight at hosting the students and lecturers, stating, “This collaboration aligns with our commitment to promoting sustainable tourism and fostering environmental awareness. We believe that such initiatives contribute significantly to creating a positive impact on the global tourism landscape.”
As a hands-on element of the educational program, the visitors actively participated in a tree planting session organized by Sun Siyam Vilu Reef. This engaging activity not only provided practical knowledge about afforestation but also symbolized a shared commitment to environmental preservation.
Claudio Melli, representing the MaRHE Centre, commended the collaboration, stating, “This program exemplifies the power of partnerships in advancing sustainable tourism education. The immersive experience at Sun Siyam Vilu Reef has undoubtedly enriched the understanding of our students and lecturers, fostering a sense of responsibility towards our planet.”
The visit concluded on a positive note, with both parties expressing enthusiasm for future collaborations. Sun Siyam Vilu Reef looks forward to continuing its commitment to sustainable tourism and fostering educational initiatives that promote environmental stewardship.