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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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As part of its ongoing line-up of five-star experiences, Siyam World Maldives kicked off a series of unforgettable spring football camps. The resort will be featuring star players Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.

Siyam World Maldives encouraged guests to let their football skills blossom over a series of football camps. These camps will utilise the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex and FIFA-sized soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. Participants enjoyed world-class coaching and immersive experiences designed to enhance their football techniques and passion for the sport.

Spanish Goal-keeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo

The action-packed schedule began with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo. He graced the sandy shores from the 19th to the 23rd of March. Adrian is a key player for Liverpool FC and the Andalusia National team. During his time at the resort, he helped younger guests understand how to deal with pressure and develop key life skills. This also included developing a performance mindset.

Football Camp Experiences with Wayne Bridge

Next on the roster was Wayne Bridge who came to Siyam World from from 22nd to 31st March. He is a renowned English left-back, who returned to Siyam World for a second time already. With his infectious energy and wealth of experience from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, Wayne inspired guests to “tackle” challenges head-on and score big on and off the field.

Francesco Totti Lights up Siyam World Football Camp

Following Wayne’s lead was the legendary Francesco Totti, lighting up Siyam World for a second time as well. He visited from 28th March to 4th April. Totti is known for his flair and loyalty to AS Roma. He brought a touch of Italian passion to the Maldives, teaching participants the art of precision and creativity in football. 

Once described by Maradona as “the best player he has ever seen”, the gifted World Cup winner and legendarily loyal one-club player (AS Roma) will be on hand to help holidaymakers hone their football skills and play to their full potential.

Michael Owen Graces the Shores of Siyam World

Closing out the star-studded lineup was Michael Owen. He is the youngest-ever Ballon d’Or winner, who graced Siyam World from the 1st to the 5th of April. Michael Owen is joining as part of the recently announced partnership with Football Escapes. Michael’s lightning-fast moves and goal-scoring prowess electrified the pitch, inspiring a new generation of football stars. Throughout the action-packed week, participants savoured daily football sessions led by Owen, a team of UEFA-licensed coaches, and internet sensation Eman – popularly known as SV2 from his viral YouTube skills videos.

Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 15 seized the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game, from tactics to technical skills. To add to the holiday experience, families enjoyed a memorable parents’ match, providing moms and dads with a chance to showcase their skills on the pitch.

Collaboration with Football Escapes – Rip Ferdinand

Later this year, and in collaboration with Football Escapes, Rio Ferdinand will also be hosting a football camp from 28 October to 1 November. He is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. Ferdinand is famous for being one of the world’s best defenders. He will be bringing the skills he learned whilst playing for West Ham, Manchester United and Leeds United plus the England national team. 

At Siyam World, we are undoubtedly a paradise for sports enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities for both water and land sports. My passion for football, which began in childhood collection jerseys of football legends, is embodied in our FIFTA- regulation football field. We host many football aficionados, including owners of prized jerseys and past champions who still share a deep love for the game. Siyam World is where sportsmanship thrives, providing an unparalleled destination for active trave;ers, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

The incredible resort has had the pleasure of hosting several other esteemed football legends. Italian champion Nicola Ventola graced the resort in January. Additionally, Bobo Vieri and Marco Materazzi also showcased their skills on the pitch. Joining them were players like Juan Sebastián Verón, Esteban Cambiasso, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Carlos Puyol, and Jay Jay Okocha.

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