Vela Private Limited, a luxury resort in the Maldives, has paid the highest service charge among all resorts for the month of February. According to sources, the resort paid a staggering $2,431.67 to its employees as service charge for the month. The payment has surpassed other high-end resorts such as The Ritz Carlton, Cheval Blanc Randeli, and Waldorf Astoria Maldives.
It is worth noting that these resorts have always had high service charges, but Vela Resort's payment for February has taken the lead. Under the Tourism Act of the Maldives, all tourism facilities are mandated to charge a 10 per cent service charge from their guests. The money collected is required to be distributed equally among the employees.
The payment of service charge plays a significant role in the economy of the Maldives, as it helps to boost the income of the employees in the tourism sector. However, the Labour Relations Authority has warned that resorts failing to pay the service charge may face penalties of up to 50,000 Rufiyaa.