SINGAPORE - An all-expenses-paid trip to the Maldives - that's what more than 100 employees at Evolve MMA received from their boss as a thank-you for the mixed-martial arts gym's performance.
Mr Chatri Sityodtong, founder and chairman of Singapore-based Evolve MMA, splashed out $500,000 on a thank-you trip for his workers in November, after the gym scored 30 per cent year-on-year growth, Shin Min Daily News reported on Friday (Dec 9).
In a post on its Facebook page, Evolve MMA said that it takes its team "every year on an all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort at a surprise destination" as a "small token of our gratitude to all of the wonderful superstars who work at Evolve".
Evolve MMA general manager Wesley de Souza, 35, told Shin Min that more than 100 employees from the company, including trainers, counter staff and cleaners, spent three days and two nights at a five-star resort.
Said Mr de Souza: "The company first told us what to take with us, and to meet at the Orchard Road branch at 7am. At first the boss said we were going to Langkawi, but suddenly announced that we were going to Maldives, it was a real surprise."
The employees flew to Maldives in two different batches and played games during the journey to foster company bonding.
Mr de Souza told Shin Min that the holidaying team included a Malaysian couple who work as cleaners at Evolve MMA.
It was the couple's first trip to a country other than Singapore and Malaysia, as well as their first time taking a plane.
Evolve MMA has operated in Singapore for almost eight years, and has three branches.
Mr Chatri, who is also the chairman and founder of MMA organisation One Championship, started taking his Evolve MMA employees for trips in 2012, where he took under 50 workers to Indonesia's Bintan Island.
Previous destinations the team has been to include Krabi and Khao Lak, both in Thailand, and Indonesia's Bali island.
Shin Min reported that the holiday is an additional perk, and that employees receive bonuses as usual.
Evolve MMA's Maldives trip has caught the attention of international news outlets including the Daily Mail, which called Mr Chatri "a generous boss", and The Sun, which suggested he could be the "world's best boss".