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Average Duration of Tourists’ Stay in the Maldives Increases

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The average duration of tourists’ stay in the Maldives has increased in April 2021 compared to the previous months of the year.

The average duration of tourists’ stay in the Maldives has increased in April 2021. According to the official statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, the average duration tourists spend in the island nation increased in April 2021 compared to the previous months.

The figures (as of 26th April 2021) reveal that tourists spend 9.3 days in the Maldives this month. In March, tourists spent 8.7 days in the tropical holiday destination. Meanwhile, in February 2021, holidaymakers spent 8.8 days in the Maldives.

Statistics show that 81,050 tourists arrived in the Maldives between 1st April and 26th April 2021. During this period last year, the borders of the country were closed. Compared to 2019, this is a decrease of 43.0%.

In total, 379,620 tourists have visited the Maldives in 2021 by 26th April. The country targets to welcome 1.5 million tourists this year. Currently, the biggest tourist source market to the Maldives, India is facing a crisis due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. As a result, the Maldives has temporarily banned travellers from India to visit inhabited islands. However, tourists from India are still allowed to holiday at resorts and liveaboards.

Also read: Indians can Still Holiday at Resorts and Liveaboards in the Maldives

Followed by India, Russia ranks in the 2nd place among the top source markets. And other top markets include; Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Romania, the United States, Czech Republic and France. India was the leading individual source market of 2020 as well.

The Maldives recorded a daily average of 3,273 tourists arrivals between 1st January 2021 and 26th April 2021. The country is undertaking several initiatives to boost tourism including the Maldives Border Miles loyalty program. Likewise, the Maldives’ Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom announced that the island nation will start a ‘visit, vaccinate, vacation’ campaign.

The tropical holiday destination concluded the year 2020 with 555,494 tourist arrivals despite the pandemic. The country has also claimed the prestigious title of ‘The World’s Leading Destination of 2020’ from the World Travel Awards.

Feature image by Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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An Invite to the Front Row: SO/ Maldives Grand Opening Party!

SO/Maldives proudly announces the grand opening party of its exquisite runway.

SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party – An Invite to the Front Row

The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

Experience one of the First-International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin!

SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

Culinary Delights with Chef Dharshan Munidasa

Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage chef hailed for his accolades commands the spotlight at SO/ Maldives. Chef Dharshan’s menu is set to redefine conventional boundaries. Guests are invited to enjoy the exquisite flavours at the Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

Guests are welcome to enjoy a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovative beats of one of the leading Maldivin bands, YJ Hameed Music. The vibes are set to create a rhythm that resonates with the spirit of the island’s spirit. Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation will also be filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai takes everyone on an electrifying-after party journey.

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor and television presenter.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen that originated in the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner salon C. Steller, renowned for its modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to experience an eco-conscious revelry. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immense in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu and the serene glow.

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