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Minister Mausoom Holds Discussion with Indian High Commissioner to Maldives

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Tourism Minister Mausoom has held discussions with High Commissioner of India to the Maldives H.E. Sunjay Sudhir.

Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom has held discussions with High Commissioner of India to the Maldives H.E. Sunjay Sudhir. According to a tweet by the Ministry of Tourism, the discussion involved increasing Indian tourist arrivals to the Maldives and networking between Indian investors and Maldivian SMEs. In addition to that minister also discussed human resource development for the tourism sector.

Maldives-India Air Bubble

Minister Mausoom and Commissioner also praised the commencement of the Maldives-India Air Bubble. Earlier this month, Minister also held a virtual meeting with ⁦Jyoti Mayal, President of Travel Agents Association of India, and Mr. Anoop Kanuga, Chairman of the India Tourism Council. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the virtual meeting was held to discuss the ways to best reap the opportunities of India-Maldives Air Bubble.

Indian Tourist Market

In 2019, India was the fastest-growing source market for Maldives tourism. The Indian tourist market to Maldives saw a staggering growth last year with an annual growth of 83.5%. The Air Bubble between the Maldives and India will ease travel between India and Maldives while maintaining health standards. In August, Maldives has revealed several key initiatives with India in order to boost tourism and connectivity between the two nations.

Maldives Tourist Arrivals

Tourism Minister Mausoom earlier revealed an ambitious goal to welcome 500,000 tourists to the Maldives in 2020. However, the minister indicated 120,000 is the lowest figure for the remainder of the year. The popularity of Maldives in different markets remains strong as proven according to various statistics. Tourist arrivals to the Maldives reached 7,628 in August 2020. An average of 218 visitors arrived per day to the island archipelago in August.

Tourist Arrivals to the Maldives grows as the Maldives opened its borders to all travelers on 15th July 2020. Furthermore, the numbers are expected to rise higher with the reopening of additional resorts and resumption of guesthouse tourism in October.

Feature image by Ministry of Tourism
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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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