Russian visitors to the Maldives increase by 33 percent by the end of 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The number of Russian tourists travelling to the Maldives by the end of 2017 was 33 percent higher than the arrival figures recorded for 2016, according to data published by the Ministry of Tourism. By the end of 2017, the number of Russian tourists who visited the Maldives increased up to 61, 931 in numbers. […]

Maldives set for flurry of new resort openings by 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Work is currently underway on a collection of new resorts and hotels that will open in the Maldives throughout 2018 and early 2019. Following a push to improve hotel capacity, the Indian Ocean archipelago will play host to a dozen new hotels, with international brands all planning openings. Here is a list of the resorts. […]

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island to debut this year with 15 premium indulgence residences

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Coming to Lhaviyani Atoll this year, a new adult’s only resort will bring next level exclusivity to the Maldives. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island will claim its own three-hectare island, offering just 15 overwater villas for more privacy and personalised experiences than even the island nation’s most coveted resorts. Each of Kudadoo’s 13 Ocean Residences of […]

Niklas Bernstein, F&B Manager Hurawalhi Island Resort

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Niklas Bernstein has been working in the Maldives for over five years, over which he has made immense contributions to the development of successful hotel-based F&B outlets. With restaurants such as the signature 5.8 Undersea Restaurant of Hurawalhi Island Resort under his belt, he has made a name for himself as one of the county’s […]

Amour Asia Pacific 2018 to boost Maldives’ reputation as world-class honeymoon destination

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Maldives, well-known for luxury and romance, is considered a prominent destination for newly-wed arrivals. A honeymoon being the ‘extra special trip of a lifetime’ combined with ‘high couple expectations’ are factors in getting travellers to visit the Maldives over any destination. The Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC), has exhibited in Amour Asia Pacific […]

Bruno Menard weaves his Michelin magic at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Legendary French chef Bruno Menard has hosted a “Wine and Dine” evening at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives. The former executive chef of the three Michelin starred “L’Osier”, chef Menard presented an exquisite six-course menu paired with a selection of wines by “Grape Expectations” at THE KITCHEN Restaurant – in a relaxed ambience, with sweeping […]

2017 tourist arrivals surpass previous records

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Maldives ended 2017 with a record 1.39 million tourist arrivals, as the island destination surpassed the tourist record of 1.29 million set in 2016. Official figures for the month of December released by the Ministry of Tourism cite that a total of 143,041 tourists visited the Maldives during the month — a 19.7 percent increase over the […]

Maldives tourism targets Middle East with MATATO Roadshow

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Maldivian Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has launched a promotional roadshow that will see a delegation of tour agents and tour operators, to visit top cities in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, as part of an ongoing effort to increase the number of tourists visiting the island. The roadshows kicked off […]

Maldives looks to tap into Indian market

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Maldives is setting out a strategy to attract more Indian guests, with the island nation seeing rapid growth from the country as a source market. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism for 2016, Indian arrivals surged 27.9 percent to 66,955, by the end of 2016, making it the country’s fifth largest […]

BUCG working to ensure operational safety standards are met on VIA project

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Velana International Airport’s (VIA) taxiways have been given site clearance and ground improvement checks to ensure project safety and quality construction activities. As of now, site clearance and ground improvement of Taxiway B (TWY b), Taxiway Terminal One (TWY T1) and Taxiway Terminal Two (TWY T2) have been completed. Site clearance of Taxiway E (TWY […]

Italy, fourth largest source market ahead of more populated countries

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Italy is the fourth largest source market for visitors to Maldives, recording a growth of 25.6 percent in tourist arrivals during January to July 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. Further, a total of 71,202 Italians visited the Maldives by the end of 2016, which makes Italy the third biggest contributor from the […]

Work commences on VIA’s new seaplane terminal project

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Velana International Airport (VIA) has commenced work on its US$40 million seaplane terminal project, which is set to double the size of the existing terminal. In addition to the new seaplane terminal building, the airport is also adding a floating dock, MRO facility and other supporting facilities. The new terminal will occupy 18,000 square metres […]