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Tourism Minister Reveals Plans to Restart Domestic Tourism

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Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom revealed plans to restart domestic tourism with discussions starting on February 2021.

Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom announced plans to restart domestic tourism. International travellers can currently visit the Maldives by presenting a PCR test taken 96 hours before their arrival. However, locals within the country have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in another island.

Minister Mausoom tweeted that the ministry will hold stakeholder discussions within the first week of February 2021. Furthermore, the minister said that the ministry will work out a model to restart domestic tourism with maximum safety yet minimum inconvenience.

In 2020, the Maldives reopened its borders on 15th July after about 4 months. The island nation concluded the year with a total of 555,399 tourist arrivals. Hence, reaching the revised target for 2020. Moreover, 172,552 of these tourists arrived after the country reopened its borders.

Also read: Maldives Records Over 57,000 Tourist Arrivals within First 20 Days of 2021

Within the first 20 days of January 2021, Maldives has witnessed 57,599 tourist arrivals. According to the statistics from the Tourism Ministry of Maldives, a daily average of 2,880 tourists arrived in the tropical holiday destination. The figures also reveal that tourists are spending as an average of 9.5 nights in the Maldives.

This January, several Bollywood celebrities, love island stars and popular models have spent their new year getaway in the Maldives as well. Indian celebrities including; Yash, Sara Ali Khan, Raiza Wilson, Nikita Sharma and Lakshmi Manchu has vacationed in the Maldives.

Meanwhile, Love Island’s Joanna Chimonides, Sophie Piper, Georgia Steel, and Kady McDermott spent their vacation in the Maldives. Several models including the Miss World Australia 2012, Jessica Kahawaty, Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, and Romanian Model, Adelina Pestritu have also holidayed in the Maldives this month.

The Maldives targets to welcome 1.5 million tourist arrivals and more than 10 million bed nights in 2021. According to the Ministry of Tourism, more than 140 resorts and more than 300 guesthouses are currently operational in the Maldives.

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Canareef Resort Maldives Goes Green: Embracing Solar Panels for a Sustainable Future

The Maldives has been moving towards embracing a more sustainable future, and here is Canareef Resort Maldives' contribution!

Canareef Resort Maldives just took a bold move towards embracing a more sustainable future for the resort. The resort has just announced its initiative to install 720 solar panels on the property, marking a significant step in reducing its carbon footprint.

The final installation process for the solar panels is scheduled to be completed within one month. With this, Canareef Resort Maldives will be taking a major step towards environmental stewardship and responsible tourism practices. Upon completion, the solar panels are projected to generate an impressive 400kw of power. This will be a major contribution towards the resort’s energy needs.

This initiative extends beyond the guest area, as the solar panels cover the resort as well. With the solar panels, Canareef Resort Maldives will have a renewable energy source for various operations throughout the resort. In addition to this being a step towards sustainable tourism in the country, this will also integrate sustainability into the guest experience. Upon completion, the solar panels will provide sustainable energy to everything from the accommodation to the recreational facilities as well.

Additionally, the solar panels are also expected to reduce 10% of the fuel consumption at Canareef Resort Maldives.

About Canareef Resort Maldives

Canareef Resort Maldives is located in the southernmost atoll of the Maldives. This resort offers guests 271 beach villas, 2 restaurants, and three bars to enjoy. The resort is surrounded by turquoise waters, and 25 different dive spots guests can explore. Additionally, historical sites are abundant and protected areas guests can learn about as well.

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