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Lily Beach Resort & Spa Makes the French National News

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France2 visited Lily Beach Resort & Spa recently to witness first-hand how the tourism industry is faring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

France2 visited Lily Beach Resort & Spa recently to witness first-hand how the tourism industry is faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main message of the news segment was an optimistic one, highlighting how the hospitality industry has been recovering in recent months, with a consistent flow of tourists coming to the resorts.

The stringent measures are taken by all stakeholders; from the Ministry of Tourism, immigration authorities, and the resorts have allowed the industry to keep operating as normally as possible and even increasing momentum over time. Both the geographic disposition of the country and the ‘one-island-one-resort’ concept help to mitigate any pandemic related issues because each resort only hosts its staff and guests at any given time, and with prior negative PCR tests.

Also read: German Singer Sarah Lombardi Holidays at Lily Beach Resort

Patrice Aira, Lily Beach’s General Manager and a French national, commented that tourists are willing to come to the Maldives because it is regarded as one of the safest destinations in the world. A holiday in the Maldives offers a week or two respite from the stress and worry associated with months of the pandemic and corresponding lockdowns.

France2 also interviewed a tourist who mirrored the sentiment of many tourists travelling during this festive period. From the comments of said tourist interviewed in the segment, it is apparent that many tourists are happy to relax on a sunny island getaway over the end of year holidays to escape the harsh winter season happening in their respective home countries.

Pool and Bar sunset at Maldives Resort
Image: Lily Beach Resort & Spa

No matter the reasoning, the Maldives is always happy to welcome tourists. The news segment also showed that many local Maldivians directly working at the resort and others who are indirectly benefiting from the industry depend on the good flow of tourists coming to the country for their livelihoods.

Ms Angélique Forget, who is one of the main journalists spearheading this fact-finding expedition to the beautiful sandy shores of the Maldives, noted that the industry welcomed 500,000 tourists to the country in 2020. This was a great outcome given that the pandemic is still on-going. She noted that the tourism ministry and other such authorities are hoping for “an explosion of reservations for 2021”.

  • To view the video segment in French on France2’s website, click HERE.
  • To view the video segment in English on France24’s website, click HERE.

Lily Beach Resort & Spa is an award-winning, 5-star all-inclusive resort set in the natural beauty of the Maldives. Located on Huvahendhoo Island in the South Ari Atoll, Lily is a short 25-minute flight by seaplane from the capital Malé and Velana International Airport.

This proximity, as well as its reputation for being the pioneer of all-inclusive tourism, make it a sought-after destination. An encompassing Platinum plan, delicious and diverse food options, updated COVID-19 safety procedures, and a variety of leisure and sporting activities create the perfect resort for couples and families alike.

Feature image by Lily Beach Resort & Spa
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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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