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Minister of Tourism Speaks at The Commonwealth's Virtual Seminar

Minister of tourism of Maldives Ali Waheed in a Virtual Seminer with Commenwealth
His excellency Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed gave an insight into the Impact of Tourism, Debt and Disaster Risk Management

His excellency Minister of Tourism, Ali Waheed has given an insight into the Impact of Tourism, Debt and Disaster Risk Management taken place due to the pandemic at the virtual seminar of Commonwealth held today.

Maldives is a country heavily dependent on the Tourism sector for the governments revenue. With the pandemic, for the first time in 47 years Maldives has recorded zero tourist arrival since March 2020. Being a small nation with tourism bringing in one third of the government revenue, it is estimated that the economic growth of Maldives may recede to a negative 26% in the worst case scenario. Leaving Maldives in the worst economical crisis compared to the 2004 Tsunami and 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

The government of Maldives is compiling a ” Guideline for Restarting Maldives Tourism ” having engaged in multiple discussion with the industries stakeholders and experts as it is impossible to keep the borders closed for an extended period of time. As planned and discussed , the government is pushing to activate the plan to restart tourism and open borders by July 2020.

We urge Commonwealth countries to open up borders without compromising safety. It’s time to build travellers confidence, towards an intra-commonwealth travel and tourism.”

Ali Waheed, Minister of Tourism, Maldives

Controlling and managing the pandemic today is key for a progressive economy tomorrow. The best of efforts have been taken in place to control the pandemic and put in the maximum work in contributing to flatten the curve. 26 tourist establishment, which is nearly 3000 rooms has been utilized as quarantine and isolation facilities.

Environment challenges has always been a threat to Maldives. With the sea levels raising and Global warming, the government has a unique opportunity to go forward with green and inclusive policies for recovery. Moreover with immediate attention, the government is looking into the socio-economic impacts arised due to the pandemic. Rescuing business and bringing back the workforce to their jobs is one of the top priorities. With it strengthening local parity and women empowerment in the industry is been conducted.

For a nation such as Maldives heavily depending on tourism, recovering from crisis requires support. Commonwealth has been supportive to the Maldives since rejoining the association. Maldives urges Commonwealth countries to open up borders without compromising safety to provide and build travelers confidence, towards an intra-commonwealth travel and tourism.

Feature image by Tourism Ministry
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Indulge in Delightful Easter Flavors at Kuda Villingili Maldives

Kuda Villingili welcomes travellers to join in for a special Easter celebration of joy, hope and new beginnings at the resort!

With this year’s theme of ‘Rekindling Roots’, Kuda Villingili Maldives invites guests to strengthen family ties and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Festive Activities

The festivities will commence on Mach 27th with a special Easter soiree at the Raalhu Bar. Here, guests are welcome to enjoy tailored cocktails and canapes, while enjoying the beautiful sunset. From here on, guests will go on a ‘Spice Journey’, where a four-course set menu will take your breath away. Showcasing unique spices and flavours with live music will create the perfect tone for an unforgettable Easter celebration.

On the 28th of March, guests are welcome to indulge in Maldivian and International buffet Dinner at the Restaurant. And on March 29th, delectable flavours and traditional dishes wait on a journey to the East. On March 30th, experience a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian vibrancy with a tantalizing dinner at Mar-Umi.

On March 31st, the Easter Gala Dinner will take place at The Restaurant. The feast features gourmet delights and signature cocktails. The celebrations continue into the next day with a Surf & Turf BBQ dinner, with live music. Wine lovers are welcome to join the Wine Library Dinner on April 2nd and enjoy an exclusive selection of wines served in the cosy atmosphere of the library.

In addition to these culinary delights, Kuda Villingili also offers an array of activities. Guests can enjoy everything from nurturing and well-being at the spa to exciting sports. Kids are also welcome to enjoy experiences designed to create cherished memories this Easter at the Kuda Fiyo Kids’ Club.

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