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Maldives Records 91,200 Tourist Arrivals in April 2021

Maldives tourist arrivals April 2021
The Maldives recorded 91,200 tourist arrivals in April 2021, bringing the total number of total tourist arrivals in 2021 to 389,770.

The Maldives recorded 91,200 tourist arrivals in April 2021, bringing the total number of total tourist arrivals in 2021 to 389,770. During the month, the island nation witnessing a daily average of 3,040 tourist arrivals.

According to the official statistics from the Ministry of Tourism, tourists spent an average of 9 days in the tropical holiday destination during the month. In April last year, the borders of the Maldives were closed. Compared to the same period of 2019 (pre-pandemic figures), this is a decrease of 44.1%.

By the end of April 2021, Maldives’ tourist arrivals have increased by 1.8% compared to 2021. Moreover, in April 2021, the average duration tourists spent in the island archipelago has also increased. Russia and India continue to retain their position as the biggest individual tourist source markets. However, with the COVID-19 crisis in India, Russia will presumably overtake India as the leading source market in the coming days.

Other leading source markets include; Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan, United States, Romania, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, and France.

A total of 724 tourist accommodation facilities are currently open in the Maldives. This includes 154 resorts, 422 guesthouses, 137 safari vessels, and 11 hotels. Meanwhile, 29 airlines are operating flights to the Maldives. Spain’s Iberia will start operations to the Maldives from July 2021. Meanwhile, Air Seychelles will also run its weekly service to the Maldives from June 2021 to October 2021.

Also read: Maldives Records 109,585 Tourist Arrivals in March 2021

The Maldives expects to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2021. A recent report by the World Bank also reveals that the country’s GDP will grow by 17.1% in 2021 and increase 11.5% in 2022 thanks to tourism. However, the World Bank projects that the Maldives will only reach its pre-pandemic levels of tourism and output in 2023.

Despite the positive outlook, World Bank says that Maldives’ recovery from the pandemic will depend on the uncertain recovery of global tourism and aviation industries.

Feature image by Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

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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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