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Maldives Forecast Over 1.5 Million Tourist Arrivals and more than 10 million bed nights in 2021

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Ministry of Tourism’s forecast reveals that the Maldives will record 1.5 million tourist arrivals and more than 10 million bed nights in 2021.

Ministry of Tourism’s revised forecast reveals that the Maldives will record 1.5 million tourist arrivals and more than 10 million bed nights in 2021. Additionally, the ministry predicts that the Maldives will reach 500,000 tourist arrivals in 2020 by 19th December 2020.

On Saturday, 12th December 2020, the 100,000th tourist arrived in the Maldives, since the border reopening. Hence, the country has reached the target set earlier in 15th July after the tropical Holiday destination reopened its borders. Furthermore, on 6th December 2020, the Maldives witnessed the highest number of tourist arrivals since the border reopening with over 3000 visitors to the island nation.

Tweeted by the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism

Earlier in November 2020, the Maldives claimed the prestigious ‘World’s Leading Destination 2020’ award at the 27th edition of the World Travel Awards. This is the first time the island archipelago has claimed the distinguished title.

In 2019, the Maldives welcomed a record-breaking 1.7 million tourists. Meanwhile, the island nation forecast 2 million tourist arrivals to the Maldives in 2020. But, the global COVID-19 pandemic brought the island nation tourism industry to a standstill for about 4 months. This had an immense impact on the socio-economic lives of Maldivians. And also everyone associated with the tourism industry.

Also read: Choosing a Villa in the Maldives: Beach, Overwater or Underwater?

Then, the Maldives reopened its borders on 15th July 2020 with enhanced precautionary measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Afterwards, resorts in the Maldives started reopening its doors to tourists once again. Likewise, Maldives resorts offer natural isolation thanks to the one-island-one-resort concept.

On 15th October 2020, guesthouses outside the greater Malé Region were granted permission to reopen its doors. Meanwhile, guesthouses in the greater Malé Region will reopen tomorrow, 14th December 2020.

Tourist arrivals have started steadily growing after the Maldives reopened its borders. Furthermore, colliding with the holiday season arrivals have further increased in November and December 2020.

Feature image by Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
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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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