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Male’, Maldives, 18th January 2024 – Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, the ultimate tropical boutique hideaway, proudly hosted students and lecturers from Milan-Bicocca and IULM University, Italy, as part of a special educational initiative organized by the MaRHE Center of the University of Milano-Bicocca, led by Elena dell’Agnese and Claudio Melli. The purpose of this collaboration was to deepen awareness and understanding of sustainable tourism practices in the pristine Maldivian environment.

Taking place on January 15, 2024, the visit allowed enthusiastic students and seasoned lecturers from Milan-Bicocca and IULM University to explore Sun Siyam Vilu Reef’s sustainability initiatives. The resort’s dedicated sustainability team guided the visitors through various aspects of their eco-friendly practices, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to responsible tourism.

Amid the picturesque island setting, participants gained valuable insights into the resort’s conservation efforts. The sustainability team at Sun Siyam Vilu Reef stressed the significance of reducing the environmental footprint in the Maldives, renowned for its extraordinary natural beauty.

Printey, the representative of the Sustainability team at Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, expressed delight at hosting the students and lecturers from Milan-Bicocca and IULM University in collaboration with the MaRHE Centre. This partnership aligns with the resort’s dedication to promoting sustainable tourism and raising environmental awareness, contributing to a positive impact on the global tourism landscape.

As a hands-on component of the educational program, the visitors actively participated in a tree-planting session organized by Sun Siyam Vilu Reef. This engaging activity not only offered 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 supporting educational initiatives that promote environmental stewardship. For more information, visit or follow the resorts on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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