ONYX Hospitality Group has signed its first hotel management contract in the Maldives. The Thailand-based company will now manage the Herathera Island Resort and marks the group’s first move out of its home country. Herathera will be rebranded under the Amari brand by Q4 2011 and receive upgrades to its beach, villas, sports facilities and children’s activities. “We are confident that the experienced management team at ONYX will significantly enhance the services and systems at our resort,” said Mohammed Mihad, CEO of Maldives Tourism Development Corporation. “We are focused on further developing the southern part of the Maldives with Gan International Airport as the hub. The re-launch of Herathera under new management will play a significant part in this.” The 273-villa property is located on Addu and is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Gan International Airport.