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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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Earth Week at Oaga Art Resort: Connect with the Beauty of Nature

Oaga Art Resort is getting ready to celebrate Earth Week with Nature's Embrace!

Oaga Art Resort is dedicating a week to connecting with the beauty and wonder of the planet! In celebration of Earth Week, the resort is curating a programme with meaningful experiences and deep appreciation for the Earth from March 21st to 27th, 2024.

Earth Week Specials at Oaga Art Resort

On March 21st, the resort will celebrate Poetry Day to unwind with Earth-inspired creativity. Start your day with a poetic breakfast, followed by a lunchtime fusion of traditional Maldivian Boduberu beats and poetry called ‘Farihi’. As the sun goes down, guests are invited to enjoy poetry reading and a captivating performance by local duo ‘Something Lovely’.

On March 22nd, guests can enjoy a Boduberu jam session at lunch. As the nighttime falls, witness the artistry of a sand artist as they create their magic on the Raa Baa deck.

On March 23rd, Connect with Nature in a mindful way. As part of the Earth Hour, a candlelit Earth meditation and Sound healing session will be hosted. Guests can also savour a delicious Earth-conscious buffet and enjoy unplugged music around a bonfire! Additionally, a special coral planting cocktail will take place at sunset. At this event, guests can also help plant 60+ coral frames in Oaga’s reef nursery. The project is carried out in partnership with Coralive, aiming to completely resort to the house reef by 2028.

Celebrate Holi with an Eco Twist on March 25th. Create stunning sand mandalas and participate in the traditional Full Moon ritual. Oaga Art Resort will also be hosting a glow-in-the-dark Holi Full moon party with minimal lighting!

Reflect and reminisce under the stars on March 26th. Cuddle up for a captivating movie night! The Grand Finale, with World Theatre Day will be hosted on March 27th. The resort will be hosting a puppet show in addition to live performances by the Sky Rock band. End the night with a special Earth-themed solo performance at the Kaa Kada dinner in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Earth Week and so Much More!

Guests are welcome to enjoy these activities and so much more at Oaga. The resort is all about fun, creative and new experiences. The Earth Week celebrations are weaved into the activities throughout Oaga Art Resort during this period. Oaga Art Resort is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive getaway. The Greatest All-inclusive plan redefines your resort experience!

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