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Tourism Minister Assures Maldives is Preparing to Open Borders in July

Minister of Toursim of Maldives, Ali Waheed in his office attending the UNWTO webinar
World Tourism Organization has hosted another webinar on 25th May 2020 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on International Tourism.

World Tourism Organization has hosted another webinar on 25th May 2020 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on International Tourism. The Minister of Tourism, Maldives, Ali Waheed was among the panelists during the discussion.

The minister spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on the Maldivian tourism sector, and the country as whole.  As a country where its economy almost entirely depends on travel and tourism, the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and its people is vast.

It will be more affordable and a safer destination than before. Confidence is the key for a successful international tourism after the pandemic. That’s what Maldives will offer from July.”

Ali Waheed, Minister of Tourism, Maldives

A number of countries across the world are preparing to ease restrictions and open its borders while opting for safer ways to travel. The minister stated that it is important to plan this phase substantially and that it should be done vigilantly and carefully as the world cannot afford a second wave or another surge of deaths and lockdowns.

To reduce further damage to international tourism and global economy, the minister said that the countries need to adopt measures to ensure that they do not go backwards. According to him, the new normal of international travel and tourism must be a globalized universal understanding. He added that borders and airports must impose the minimum standards required to keep travel happening with confidence in airlines, airports and destinations.

Minister also stated that this is not the time for new taxes nor the time to compromise safety, but the time to travel again and travel safe. He spoke about the plans to resume tourism in Maldives again, stating that the country is preparing to reopen its borders in July 2020. The Ministry of Tourism, Maldives recently drafted Safe Tourism guidelines covering all the aspects of travel to ensure that the travellers and staff are safe. Minister added that the guidelines will assure guests the hope to once again feel the sunny side of life in Maldives.

Feature image by Ministry of Tourism
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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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