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Maldives bags three prestigious accolades at World Travel Awards 2018

The Maldives has won the prestigious position of the Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination and Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination at the Annual World Travel Awards; Africa and the Indian Ocean. The Maldives once again secured the prestigious position after fierce competition with Africa and Indian Ocean’s top tourist destinations such as Seychelles and Mauritius and was awarded at the World Travel Awards gala event held at The Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa.

The World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2018 promises to be the most prestigious travel and tourism event of the year which brought together the leading figureheads and VIPs from across Africa and the Indian Ocean. The evening also forms part of the silver jubilee World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2018, the World Travel Awards’ 25th anniversary of honouring excellence in the international hospitality industry.

The Maldives had won prestigious positions in various categories over the years. This year’s awards are yet again another tremendous achievement for the Maldives as a tourist destination. Being a winner of most awards in the most prestigious categories truly benchmarks the destination profiling at the highest level. World travel awards are well-known as the highest and most exclusive award ceremony in the Travel and Tourism Industry. It is also renowned as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry.” Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Kandima Maldives hosts finalists of Miss World Australia 2018

Kandima Maldives has hosted Taylah Cannon, the newly crowned winner of the Miss World Australia 2018 pageant and the top four finalists on its tropical playground for a series of professional photography and video shoots. The finalists’ Kandima experience was documented by Australia’s Channel 10 and a well-known TV presenter and reporter, Scott Tweedie. The girls’ interviews will air live on the morning TV show this month.

Taylah Cannon, a makeup artist and a veterinary nurse, will next participate the International Miss World pageant in China in December. The 23-year-old comes from Queensland and will bring the next-year event to the Gold Coast in 2019. Taylah has also been named Kandima Maldives’ official ambassador for one year during her reign in 2018 and 2019.

Miss World Australia is a registered fundraising organisation – raising money for charities and mirroring the role and spirit of Miss World at a national level. It aims to create and empower role models who will serve as ambassadors to charity, enrich the perception of beauty, and enhance a new strength, energy and spirit for the advancement of women, while positively impacting their communities. For more information, visit kandima.com.

Maldives wins the “Signum Virtutis” at Seven Star Global Luxury Awards

The Maldives has been awarded the “Signum Virtutis”, the Seal of Excellence, from the 2018 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards, for the special award of Seven Stars Destination. The awards ceremony took place at the Capsis Out of the Blue Elite Resort in Crete, Greece.

The Maldives won the award for “Seven Star Destination Winner” for being the best destination. The Maldives competed with other world-class destinations such as Dubai, Seychelles, Mauritius and Singapore in this category. This is the 3rd time that the Maldives secured this award after having won the same category at the Seven Star Luxury Destination Awards in 2013 and 2014.

The Seven Star Luxury Awards, known as the highest and most exclusive international luxury award for the pinnacle in hospitality & lifestyle, recognises and sets apart the extraordinary achievements in the hospitality and lifestyle sectors by bestowing upon winners the Signum Virtutis – the seal of excellence. For a world-class destination, winning at the Seven Star Luxury Awards will enhance the image of the destination as a high profile luxury destination.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts’ Platinum Anniversary with 40% off special offer

After a full year of 70th-anniversary celebrations, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is concluding its Platinum Anniversary by inviting vacationers to visit any of its tropical destinations across Hawaii, Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean for up to 40 per cent off the current room rate. From now through October 26, 2018, guests who use the code “MEMORIES” when booking online will save on their stay at any Outrigger location for travel through June 30, 2019.

As part of Outrigger’s year-long 70th anniversary, the brand celebrated the milestone with a “Share Your Story” campaign, encouraging guests to share throwback photos and recollections of their favourite Outrigger memory. The results were phenomenal, with more than 40,000 people sharing a personal experience. From surf trips to graduation parties, wedding proposals and annual family getaways, the common theme across all submissions was: “I had the time of my life!”

On September 29, the hospitality brand celebrated Outrigger Founders Day worldwide, honouring the legacy of its founding members, Roy and Estelle Kelley – as well as the company’s inspiring journey of growing a single Waikiki hotel to a global portfolio of properties in the most desired tropical locations including Hawaii, Fiji, Mauritius, Thailand Guam and the Maldives.

The private island of Konotta is located 211 miles (340 kilometres) to the south of Malé and is conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from Malé to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private yacht. Set on a private island in the azure Indian Ocean, Konotta offers guests a wide range of activities including, unique dining experiences, rejuvenating spa treatments, and world-class water sports and scuba diving at their Reef Centre. For more information about Outrigger Konotta Maldives, visit hwww.outrigger.com/maldives.

Kanuhura Maldives wins Asia Pacific Lifestyle Tourism Award

Kanuhura Maldives has been crowned the Best Beach Resort and Best Spa Resort Destination in South Asia/Maldives at the Asian Lifestyle Tourism Awards in Singapore. These two ‘ALTA2018’ Awards also allows Kanuhura to qualify as Asia’s Leading Beach & Spa Resort in Southeast Asia—which is a huge privilege and a source of great pride for all those who strive to ensure Kanuhura is a world-class destination.

Supported by 25 Asian Tourism Ministries, the Asian Lifestyle Tourism Awards is also endorsed by the Asia Pacific Tourism & Travel Federation. The awards given at this ceremony are highly respected and the accolades are dependent on votes by the public. Due to the high number of votes that Kanuhura received this year, they were able to compete not just domestically within the Maldives but in the whole of Southeast Asia, which is a hugely exciting feat. As one of the establishments who won at this year’s ALTA2018, Kanuhura will also be able to enjoy a spot at the 2020 Asia Pacific Tourism & Travel Fair which will take place in Bengaluru, India, which is said to be the biggest travel fair in India.

Set across three islands – two deserted islands and Kanuhura itself – the celebrated resort reopened in December 2016 after an 18-month full renovation, winning recognition from Conde Nast Traveller as one of the world’s top hotel renovations.  One of the largest islands in the Maldives at 1.4 km in length, Kanuhura has only 80 thatched-roof villas scattered throughout its untamed tropical interior and on stilts over the requisite turquoise lagoon. To learn more about Kanuhura Maldives, visit kanuhura.com.

Kurumba Maldives celebrates 46th anniversary

Kurumba Maldives, the country’s first private island resort, has held special activities to commemorate its 46th anniversary. The opening of Kurumba Maldives marked the beginning of a romance where the whole world fell in love with the beautiful sun, sea and sands of the Maldives. Since then the Maldives has become one of the most sought-after dream destinations in the world, attracting over 1.3 million tourists annually.

To commemorate its 46th anniversary, Kurumba Maldives held a host of activities, which kicked off with a BBQ Master cooking competition face-off between guests and management team at Kandu Bar, followed by a mini-Olympics, a cocktail evening at the Athiri, followed by lively cultural dances at the Conference Hall after dinner.

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Malé Atoll, conveniently situated a brief 10-minute speedboat ride from the airport. Kurumba draws on its proud history, charismatic personality and heartfelt service, to offer compelling and diverse experiences amidst a stunning island setting. For more information about Kurumba Maldives, visit www.kurumba.com.