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MATATO Raises Concerns on 'Maldives Safe Tourism Guideline'

the president of MATATO speaking

Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has clarified that the current draft SOP “Maldives Safe Tourism Guideline” was not discussed with them during the drafting stage.

MATATO raised concerns regarding the guideline on 21st May 2020 as some medias mentioned that the draft was prepared with the input and feedback from industry stakeholders. As one of the key stakeholders of the tourism industry in Maldives, MATATO was compelled to clarify that they are now in the process of reviewing the Guideline along with their domestic and international stakeholders in order to provide feedback.

Given the severity of the impact from the COVID-19, it is imperative that all stakeholders are consulted and allowed the opportunity to give diligent feedback in order to effectively recover from this global crisis.”


MATATO also extended their appreciation of the initiatives taken by the government of Maldives to resume meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders of the industry to review the drafted SOP. This would facilitate the borders reopening and the national recovery process.

According to MATATO, it is significant to prepare for borders reopening while having a practical approach to re-entering the global tourism market rather than hindering an already ailing tourism industry. Furthermore, they added that Maldives should not depart from the 40 years of welcoming travellers and that a balance needs to be found to ensure the recovery process of the industry is not hindered.

Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the tourism industry is the single most affected economic sector in the Maldives. The UNWTO estimates that 70-80% of the global tourist numbers will fall, further worsening the recovery efforts of managing the economy in destinations like Maldives. As per the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Maldives is one of the most severely impacted countries due to the pandemic.

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Guinness World Record Holder Nathaniel Alapide Creates Stunning Sand Art Drawing at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Dubai-based and renowned sand artist Nathaniel Alapide astounded guests with his latest masterpiece created at the breathtaking Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Alapide holds the Guinness World Record for creating the largest sand image. Additionally, he also earns recognition for crafting intricate and mesmerizing sand art creations. This time, Alapide has chosen the pristine shores of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. His latest collaboration took place at the resort on the 12th of April in celebration of Eid Al Fitr. 

Nathaniel Alapide and His Work

Prior to his visit, Alapide has brought to life an awe-inspiring piece of art. The piece showcased his exceptional talent and creativity to various Sun Siyam Resorts. This was done in celebration of Easter as well, with the expansive beach of the resort serving as his canvas.

Alapide meticulously crafted his sand art, incorporating elements of local culture, marine life, and the serene ambiance of the island. Utilizing only his hands and simple tools, Alapide’s deft touch transformed the grains of sand into a breathtaking visual spectacle.

Working at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has been an incredible experience. The natural beauty of The Maldives served as the perfect inspiration for my artwork. I am honoured to have had the opportunity to share my passion with guests from around the world, says Nathaniel Alapide.

Alapide’s creation at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi transcended the boundaries of traditional art forms. His artwork embodied the ephemeral beauty and harmony of nature. The intricate details and sheer scale of the sand art left onlookers in awe. Alpadine’s artwork truly captured the essence of the Maldives’ enchanting allure.

We are thrilled to have had Nathaniel Alapide create one of his magnificent sand art pieces at our resort. His ability to capture the essence of the Maldives in his artwork is truly remarkable and aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing unforgettable experiences for our guests says Abdulla Atham – Resort Manager.
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