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Maldives Records 13,516 Tourist Arrivals in First 2 Months of Border Reopening

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Tourist arrivals to Maldives has increased by 61% during the second month since border reopening with 13,516 arrivals.

Maldives immigration has revealed a total of 13,516 tourists arrived in the Maldives during the first 2 months after the borders reopened. According to statistics by the Maldives immigration, tourist arrivals to Maldives has increased by 61% during the second month since border reopening.

A total of 8,339 tourists arrived in the Maldives from 16th August to 15th September. In the previous month, 5,177 arrivals were recorded from 15th July to 15th August. Furthermore, statistics from 1st September to 15th September 2020 reveal United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the leading source market with 656 arrivals. Meanwhile, Russia accounted for 539 tourist arrivals while arrivals from the United States stood at 502.

Among the top-performing source markets in terms of tourist arrivals during the period include; United Kingdom, Spain, and Brazil with 341, 254, and 262 arrivals respectively. Maldives tourist arrivals have been steadily rising since the country reopened its borders. However, the figures remain much weaker in comparison to pre-COVID arrivals.

A safe holiday experience

The Maldives sets itself apart with the unique concept of one island, one resort. Thus, social distancing and isolation come naturally for holidaymakers. Maldives made it mandatory for tourists to present a negative PCR test upon their arrival from 10th September 2020. Likewise, this decision is a move to further tackle the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) granted Maldives the ‘Safe Travels Stamp’. The Safe Travel Stamp is the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp for Travel & Tourism. Furthermore, this stamp is designed to address COVID-19 and similar outbreaks.

The Maldives tourism ministry and the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has been taking up the effort to promote the Maldives in various destinations following the border reopening. Maldives tourism minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom revealed a goal to welcome an additional 100,000+ tourists before the end of 2020.

Feature image by The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort
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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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