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Maldives Records Over 450,000 Tourist Arrivals in 2021

Maldives tourist arrivals 2021
The Maldives witnessed over 450,000 tourist arrivals in 2021 by welcoming 451,393 tourists between 1st January 2021 and 29th May 2021.

The Maldives has recorded over 450,000 tourist arrivals in 2021. According to the statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, the island nation witnessed 451,393 tourist arrivals between 1st January 2021 and 29th May 2021.

According to the figures, tourist arrivals have increased by 17.9% compared to the same period last year. Although the borders of the Maldives were closed from March 2020 to July 2020.

Despite recording 450,000 tourist arrivals in 2021, compared to the previous months, tourist arrivals to the Maldives have dropped in May 2021. The decrease of arrivals from India and the South Asian market due to the COVID-19 crisis is mainly responsible for this decline.

From 1st January 2021 to 29th May 2021, tourists spent an average of 9 days in the Maldives. Furthermore, the Maldives witnessed an average of 3,029 visitors during this period. And as of 29th May, Russia is the leading tourist source market to the Maldives.

With rigorous COVID-19 measures and a geographical advantage, the Maldives is one of the safest holiday destinations in the world. Crowned as the World’s Leading Destination in 2020, the island nation revolutionized how people can vacation in the new normal.

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The tropical holiday destination aims to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2021. With 450,000 arrivals reached by yesterday, the country has already completed over 30% of its visitor target.

To attract more visitors, the Maldives announced plans to vaccinate tourists with the ‘visit, vaccinate, vacation’ initiative. Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom stated that this initiative will begin once all the residents of the island nation get fully vaccinated. According to the Ministry of Tourism, 65% of resort workers in the Maldives are fully vaccinated.

The ministry in partnership with stakeholders launched a campaign to share a positive message about the vaccination of staff working in the tourism sector. Furthermore, the I’m Vaccinated Campaign promotes the initiatives undertaken to guarantee the Maldives retains its status as one of the safest destinations in the world for travellers.

Feature image by Anantara Dhigu Maldives 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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