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The Maldives Eases Travel Restrictions

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The Maldives has eased travel restrictions within the country and for visitors to the tropical holiday destination.

The Maldives has eased travel restrictions within the country and for visitors to the tropical holiday destination. Upon receiving the second dose of the COVD-19 vaccine, Maldivians can travel without quarantine.

With the eased restrictions, visitors to the Maldives would no longer be required to submit a PCR test if they received their COVD-19 vaccine 2 weeks earlier. Furthermore, holidaymakers will need to provide proof that they’ve received vaccination with an approved vaccine.

Effective from 20th April, travellers who got their final dose of the vaccine can submit the certificate via the IMUGA platform (imuga.immigration.gov.mv) before travel.

Additionally, the Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom revealed that the Maldives will launch a ‘visit, vaccinate, vacation’ initiative. Speaking on CNBC International, Minister Mausoom reiterated that the Maldives aims to welcome 1.5 million tourist arrivals in 2021.

As per the latest statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, the island nation welcomed 353,789 tourist arrivals in 2021 by 17th April 2021. 55,219 tourists arrived in the Maldives between 1st April and 17th April 2021 as well.

Also read: The Maldives Records over 5,200 Tourist Arrivals in a Single Day

In March 2021, 109,585 tourists spent their vacation in the island nation; the highest number of arrivals in a single month since the country reopened its borders in July 2020.

1,030 tourist accommodation facilities are active in the Maldives. This includes; 160 resorts/marinas, 698 guesthouses, 159 safari vessels and 13 hotels.

India continues to dominate the charts as the biggest contributor in terms of tourist arrivals. Thanks to the close distance between the Maldives and India, Bollywood celebrities are holidaying in the island nation. Furthermore, reports surfaced on media reveals that Sara Ali Khan, Tiger Shroff and Disha Pataini have been spotted at the airport this Sunday while jetting off to the Maldives.

The Tourism Ministry of Maldives predicts tourists will spend over 10 million bed nights in the Maldives this year.

Feature image by W Maldives

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Steven D’Souza – Director of Food & Beverages

Originally from India, Steve brings over 18 years of experience within the hospitality Industry. Having achieved a Bachelor of Hotel Management degree, Steve has accumulated invaluable pre-opening resort experiences. Steve has worked across three continents and served as the Food and Beverage division Head at Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla.

When it comes to the Maldives, Steve has worked at The Nautilus Maldives, Niyama Private Island Maldives, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives. Additionally, Steven has also worked in Anantara in Thailand, Raffles Hotels Canouan Island, Buccament Bay Spa and Resort in St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Sheraton Jumeirah in Dubai.

At Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, Steve will be reporting directly to the General Manager. He has been tasked with spearheading the F&B operations, prioritizing revenue growth, waste minimization, and regulatory compliance, as well as enhancing guest satisfaction through elevated service standards.

Tammy Gan – Assistant Director of Branding & marketing

Tammy, who is originally from Singapore joins Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll with over 14 years of Marketing and Branding experience in the hospitality sector. Throughout her career, Tammy has worked in countries across Southeast Asia to the Middle East as well as the Maldives. Prior to this, Tammy held the position of Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at The Nautilus Maldives. Additionally, she held roles in esteemed properties like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited in Phuket, Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spa in UAE, and Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

In her new role, Tammy will report to the Director of Sales & Marketing. Here, she will oversee the strategic development and execution of marketing and communications plans for Finolhu and . HERE brands. Additionally, her role also encompasses brand enhancement, market analysis, advertising initiatives, resource allocation optimisation, as well as nurturing innovative branding and communication strategies through collaboration with external agencies.

I’m thrilled to welcome Steven and Tammy to Seaside Finolhu. I am confident that their expertise will help enhance our brand and elavate our dining experiences, ensuring unforgettable memoments for our guests, comments Steven Phillips – General Manager, Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives is owned and managed by the Seaside Collection. The resort consists of 125 beachfront and overwater villas, four restaurants and an array of activities for guests to enjoy every day! Recently, the resort took groundbreaking measures to offer its employees more opportunities by signing an MoU with the Maldives National University. The MoU with Finolhu and MNU ensures the employees have opportunities to pursue further education and grow in the industry.

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