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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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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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