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Maldives Records Over 250,000 Tourist Arrivals in 2021

Maldives exceeds 250,000 tourist arrivals
According to the statistics, tourist arrivals to the Maldives exceeded 250,000 in 2021 with approximately 255,903 arrivals.

The Maldives recorded over 250,000 tourist arrivals by yesterday, 20th March 2021. According to the official statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, the tropical holiday destination witnessed approximately 255,903 tourist arrivals from 1st January 2021 to 20th March 2021.

According to the figures, 66,918 arrived in the island archipelago so far, this March. However, arrivals decreased by 35.% from 1st to 20th March 2021, compared to the same period in 2020. The daily average still stands above 3000, with the country witnessing an average of 3,239 tourist arrivals every day. Furthermore, tourists spent an average of 8.9 days in the Maldives.

Looking at the leading individual tourist source markets, India retains its position as the top contributor in terms of tourist arrivals. Once again this month, numerous Bollywood celebrities (some big names in fact!) spent their vacation in the Maldives. Hina Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Seema Khan, Maheep Kapoor, Esha Gupta, Shefali Jariwala and countless more Indian celebrities holidayed in the Maldives this month.

Other leading tourist source markets include Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, United States, France, and Switzerland. Russia played a pivotal role in the country’s road to recovery.

As the Maldives exceeds 250,000 tourist arrivals in 2021, 159 resorts/marinas are currently operational in the island nation. Meanwhile, 686 guesthouses are open in tropical holiday destination. Resorts are a perfect option for travellers seeking total privacy and ‘natural social distancing’. On the other hand, guesthouses are great for budget-conscious travellers. In addition to resorts and guesthouses, 158 Safari vessels are operational in the Maldives.

Also read: 31 celebrities that visited the Maldives in February 2021

The Maldives is aiming to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2021. Furthermore, the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism forecasts that the tropical holiday destination will witness more than 10 million bed nights this year.

Feature image by Velaa Private Island
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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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