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Top 10 Tourist Markets Since Border Reopening—As of 26th November 2020

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The leading tourist source markets to the Maldives (as of 26th November 2020) since the country reopened its borders.

The Maldives has recorded 27,182 tourist arrivals from 1st November to 25th November 2020. Hence, November’s figures have already surpassed the previous month’s 21,515 tourist arrivals.

Tourist source markets ranking remains unchanged since 19th November 2020. India is continuing its strong performance with more visitors coming in. Meanwhile, Russia retains the position as the leading tourist source market.

Indian celebrities have made big headlines this month with their stunning vacation pictures from the Maldives. Likewise, other celebs from around the globe have also revealed some fabulous shots from the Maldives holiday.

These are the top 10 tourist source markets (since border reopening) as of 26th November 2020.

1. Russia

Since the Maldives reopened its borders, Russia has maintained the position as the leading tourist source market to the nation. By 26th November 2020, Maldives has recorded 14,855 tourist arrivals from Russia. This is a market share of 22%.

Russia’s Azur Air resumed direct flights to the Maldives on yesterday, 28th November 2020 as well. According to a tweet by the Velena International Airport, the first flight brought over 500 passengers to the Maldives.

2. India

In the second place, 7,652 tourists arrived in the Maldives from India by 26th November 2020. India’s strong performance is due to the ‘Air Bubble’ initiative between the two countries. And also the close distance between Maldives and India.

Also read: Indian Celebrities that Visited Maldives After Lockdown

With a market share of 11.3%, India is one of the key focus markets to the Maldives. Furthermore, arrivals from India is expected to further increase with the marketing activities being carried out in the country.

3. United Kingdom

A total of 5,035 tourists arrived in the Maldives from the UK. Likewise, the UK held a market of 7.5%. UK High Commission announced on 22nd October 2020 the lifting of travel restrictions to the Maldives. Hence, travellers visiting the Maldives will no longer need to self-isolate when they return to the UK.

4. United States

With a small difference from the UK, a total of 5,027 tourists arrived on the Maldives from the US by 16th November 2020. Thus, the US ranks fourth among the leading tourist source markets to the Maldives.

Additionally, arrivals from the United States of America accounted for 7.4% of the source market share.

5. United Arab Emirates

4,319 tourists arrived in the Maldives from UAE. This is a market share of 6.4%. In addition to that, the flag carrier of UAE will expand its COVID-19 cover with additional multi-risk travel cover for all customers purchasing a ticket beginning on 1st December 2020.

  1. Germany: 3,523 tourist arrivals recorded with a market share of 5.2%.
  2. Ukraine: 2,534 tourist arrivals recorded by 26th November 2020—a market share of 3.8%.
  3. Spain: 2,013 tourist arrivals recorded
  4. France: 2,009 tourist arrivals recorded, ranking the country in ninth place
  5. Brazil: 1,927 tourist arrivals recorded as of 26th November

Despite the huge impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry, tourist arrivals to the Maldives have started steadily growing. The World Travel Awards has also crowned the Maldives as the World’s Leading Destination of this year.

Feature image by Kanuhura Maldives
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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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