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Maldives Records Over 18,000 Tourist Arrivals within the First Week of 2021

Couple enjoying excursion in the Maldives
According to the Tourism Ministry of Maldives, the island nation recorded over 18,000 tourist arrivals within the first week of 2021.

The Maldives has recorded over 18,000 tourist arrivals within the first week of 2021. According to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism, the tropical holiday destination recorded approximately 18,086 tourist arrivals from 1st January 2021 to 6th January 2021.

During this period, the island nation saw a daily average of 3,014 tourist arrivals. Furthermore, holidaymakers are spending an average of 10 nights in the Maldives. The figures from the Ministry of Tourism reveals Russia as the leading tourist source market during the period.

A total of 5,331 tourists arrived from Russia during the period, accounting for a 29.5% share. Meanwhile, neighbouring India came in at 2nd place with 1,816 tourist arrivals. In 2020, the Maldives witnessed a total of 62,905 tourist arrivals from India. India plays a pivotal role in the Maldives’ tourism industry for its road to recovery.

Maldives arrivals in the first week of 2021
Bollywood actress Kiara Advani ringing the new year in the Maldives
Image: @kiaraaliaadvani via Instagram

Several Indian celebrates have also ringed their new year in the Maldives. Ananya Panday, Kiara Advani, and Siddharth Malhotra welcomed 2021 in the sunny side of life. In 2020, a staggering number of Indian celebrities have chosen the Maldives as their vacation home as well.

Followed by India, Maldives recorded 1,779 tourists arrivals from Ukraine during the first week of 2021. The remaining top tourist source markets include; Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Romania, Germany, France, the United States, and Uzbekistan.

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The arrival figure is, however, a drop by 42.9% compared to the first 6 days in January 2020. Furthermore, the island archipelago witnessed 555,399 tourist arrivals in 2020. Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr Abdulla Mausoom revealed 2021 looks hopeful as the country witnesses over 3000 daily tourist arrivals.

Currently, 26 airlines are operating flights to the Maldives. Major airlines including Emirates and Qatar Airways recommenced their operations to the Maldives within days of border reopening.

Feature image by Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

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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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