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Over 223 Tourist Facilities Operational in the Maldives

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223 tourist establishments have reopened in the Maldives while more than 24,000 tourist beds are now operational.

Since the border reopening on 15th July 2020, the Maldives tourism industry has begun to flourish at a steady pace once again. According to the Ministry of Tourism, as of 6th October 2020, 223 tourist establishments have reopened while more than 24,000 tourist beds are now operational.

According to the statistics from the Ministry, a total of 22,007 tourists have arrived in the Maldives since border reopening (as of 5th October 2020). Furthermore, as of 5th October, Russia is the highest-performing market, in terms of tourist arrivals to the Maldives with a market share of 16.3% and 3,598 arrivals. On the other hand, the United Arab Emirates ranks as the second-best performing market with 2,967 arrivals and a market share of 13.5%. Followed by, the United Kingdom ranks as the 4th highest performing market in terms of tourist arrivals.

The Maldives recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals on a single day since the border reopening on 2nd October 2020 with 1,011 arrivals. Furthermore, a number of international flights are resuming operations to the island archipelago. Likewise, the Maldives has established an air bubble between India, permitting movement of Indian tourists, businessmen, work-permit holders to the sunny side of life.

Travelers need to present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival, as made mandatory from 10 September 2020. In addition to that, on 15th September 2020, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) granted the Maldives the Safe Travels Stamp. Meanwhile, on 3rd September 2020, Velana International Airport (VIA) received ‘Airport Health Accreditation’ by Airports Council International (ACI). VIA became the second airport in the Asia Pacific region to receive the accreditation.

Also read: The Maldives Tops Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020

Guesthouse tourism will restart on 15th October 2020. According to the Ministry of Tourism, a guideline is being formulated to administer the opening of guesthouses. This will require all tourists departing from guesthouses in local islands to undertake a PCR test within 72 hours prior to their departure.

Feature image by Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
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Experience the Thrill of Summer with the Family Fun Summer Package at Sheraton Maldives!

Summer is almost here and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is inviting families to experience the breathtaking paradise of the Maldives. Travellers can now explore the thrill of summer and more at Sheraton Maldives with the ‘Family Fun Summer’ Package. If you were thinking about booking a family trip this one is perfect for you. With this amazing package children under 12 dine and stay for free! Families can also immerse themselves in a host of specially curated experiences. This includes educational kids club programs, coral propagation activities, as well as culinary and wellness journeys, all-embracing sustainable travel and catering to eco-conscious travellers.

Families planning a tropical getaway this summer can look forward to exciting adventures at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. The five-star resort welcomes families to explore the natural splendour of North Male Atoll on the private island of Furanafushi. Guests can choose from a range of premium villas and overwater bungalows that feature breathtaking views of the lush gardens, pristine white-sand beaches, shimmering blue lagoon, or the Indian Ocean.

Explore the Signature Side by Side Family Program this Summer

Guests can delve into the resort’s signature ‘Side by Side’ Family Program, designed to create memorable moments that bring families together. From cooking classes, mom and daughter face mask making, and Maldivian palm weaving to engaging fun games, ‘Side By Side’ promises cherished memories for families. The resort boasts seven restaurants and bars, each offering a variety of delectable menus sourced with fresh organic produce from Chef Garden and Furana Organic Garden, perfect for families.

A Touch of Sustainability with the Adopt a Coral Activity!

Guests are also invited to participate in the ‘Adopt A Coral’ – coral planting activity led by the resident Marine Biologist and learn about coral propagation to help grow new colonies in the resort’s lagoon. This program, part of Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy, allows guests to create meaningful travel experiences. Families can enjoy a guided snorkelling tour or join a dolphin cruise on a traditional Maldivian Cruise Dhoni.

Enjoy More with the Family Fun Summer Package

With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ package, guests can savour daily breakfasts and buffet dinners. This includes Feast Restaurant or you can enjoy three-course à la carte meals at select restaurants. Kids will receive a special welcome amenity, and children under 12 can stay and dine for free. Additionally, complimentary access to the Kid’s Club is provided for children ages 4 to 12. The resort is conveniently accessible by a complimentary 15-minute speedboat ride, ensuring a stress-free journey for families.

Guests can reserve their extraordinary summer retreat before May 31, 2024. This is valid for stays until September 30, 2024. With this, guests can enjoy other benefits such as daily breakfasts and dinners, and complimentary access to the gym and kids’ club. Moreover, guests can also enjoy non-motorized water sports activities. For more information, visit the website at or book the Family Fun Summer package here. Marriott Bonvoy members can seamlessly earn and redeem their points on stays and experiences at the resorts. 

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