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Italy’s Leisure Airline ‘Neos’ to Start Operations to the Maldives

Neos to commence operations to Maldives
Maldives’ Tourism Ministry has revealed that Italy’s leisure ‘Neos’ airline is set to commence flights to the Maldives.

Maldives’ Tourism Ministry has revealed that Italy’s leisure ‘Neos’ airline is set to commence flights to the Maldives. Local media, Times of Addu reported that Neos will commence operations to the Maldives in the upcoming month.

Neos is headquartered in Somma Lombardo, Lombardy. The leisure airline is a subsidiary of Alpitour S.p.A. Furthermore, Neos operates a fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation, Boeing 767, and Boeing 787 aircraft. The airline flies to over 73 scheduled domestic, European and intercontinental destinations.

Maldives Exhibited at TTG Travel Experience in Italy this Month

Just recently, the Maldives exhibited at the TTG Travel Experience 2020 in Italy. Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) showcased the Maldives at a 32sqm stand designed colourfully to display the natural beauty of the destination.

The three-day fair attracted a large number of visitors from Italy. Industry professionals from the Maldives also met with top travel trade partners and media to further discuss, develop and strengthen the presence of the destination within the Italian market.

The Italian Tourist Market

Italy is one of the traditional and important markets to the Maldives. According to statistics, by the end of 2019, a total of 136,343 tourists from Italy visited the Maldives. Likewise, the European country ranked as the third-largest market to the Maldives (in terms of arrivals) in 2019.

Also read: Maldives Records 8,350 Tourist Arrivals from 1st October to 15th October 2020

Before the borders of the Maldives closed due to COVID-19 in March, 52,848 Italian tourists arrived in the Maldives. However, while the Italian market remained one of the strongest source markets before, tourist arrivals from Italy remained significantly low since the Maldives’ borders reopened.

The Maldives recorded 8,350 tourist arrivals from 1st October to 15th October 2020. Meanwhile, in September 2020, Maldives recorded 9,538 tourist arrivals according to the Maldives Immigration. Tourist arrivals continue to grow since the Maldives reopened its borders.

Feature image by Neos Air via Facebook
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Explore a Multitude of Football Camps at Siyam World This Year!

As part of its ongoing line-up of five-star experiences, Siyam World Maldives kicked off a series of unforgettable spring football camps. The resort will be featuring star players Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.

Siyam World Maldives encouraged guests to let their football skills blossom over a series of football camps. These camps will utilise the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex and FIFA-sized soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. Participants enjoyed world-class coaching and immersive experiences designed to enhance their football techniques and passion for the sport.

Spanish Goal-keeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo

The action-packed schedule began with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo. He graced the sandy shores from the 19th to the 23rd of March. Adrian is a key player for Liverpool FC and the Andalusia National team. During his time at the resort, he helped younger guests understand how to deal with pressure and develop key life skills. This also included developing a performance mindset.

Football Camp Experiences with Wayne Bridge

Next on the roster was Wayne Bridge who came to Siyam World from from 22nd to 31st March. He is a renowned English left-back, who returned to Siyam World for a second time already. With his infectious energy and wealth of experience from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, Wayne inspired guests to “tackle” challenges head-on and score big on and off the field.

Francesco Totti Lights up Siyam World Football Camp

Following Wayne’s lead was the legendary Francesco Totti, lighting up Siyam World for a second time as well. He visited from 28th March to 4th April. Totti is known for his flair and loyalty to AS Roma. He brought a touch of Italian passion to the Maldives, teaching participants the art of precision and creativity in football. 

Once described by Maradona as “the best player he has ever seen”, the gifted World Cup winner and legendarily loyal one-club player (AS Roma) will be on hand to help holidaymakers hone their football skills and play to their full potential.

Michael Owen Graces the Shores of Siyam World

Closing out the star-studded lineup was Michael Owen. He is the youngest-ever Ballon d’Or winner, who graced Siyam World from the 1st to the 5th of April. Michael Owen is joining as part of the recently announced partnership with Football Escapes. Michael’s lightning-fast moves and goal-scoring prowess electrified the pitch, inspiring a new generation of football stars. Throughout the action-packed week, participants savoured daily football sessions led by Owen, a team of UEFA-licensed coaches, and internet sensation Eman – popularly known as SV2 from his viral YouTube skills videos.

Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 15 seized the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game, from tactics to technical skills. To add to the holiday experience, families enjoyed a memorable parents’ match, providing moms and dads with a chance to showcase their skills on the pitch.

Collaboration with Football Escapes – Rip Ferdinand

Later this year, and in collaboration with Football Escapes, Rio Ferdinand will also be hosting a football camp from 28 October to 1 November. He is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. Ferdinand is famous for being one of the world’s best defenders. He will be bringing the skills he learned whilst playing for West Ham, Manchester United and Leeds United plus the England national team. 

At Siyam World, we are undoubtedly a paradise for sports enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities for both water and land sports. My passion for football, which began in childhood collection jerseys of football legends, is embodied in our FIFTA- regulation football field. We host many football aficionados, including owners of prized jerseys and past champions who still share a deep love for the game. Siyam World is where sportsmanship thrives, providing an unparalleled destination for active trave;ers, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

The incredible resort has had the pleasure of hosting several other esteemed football legends. Italian champion Nicola Ventola graced the resort in January. Additionally, Bobo Vieri and Marco Materazzi also showcased their skills on the pitch. Joining them were players like Juan Sebastián Verón, Esteban Cambiasso, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Carlos Puyol, and Jay Jay Okocha.

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