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Tourist Arrivals from India Grew by 445% in November 2020

Tourists arrivals to Maldives from India
Tourist arrivals from India to the Maldives grew by a staggering 445% in November 2020 with over 7,600 arrivals during the month.

Tourist arrivals from India to the Maldives grew by a staggering 445% in November 2020. Travelling between the Maldives and India is easier thanks to the ‘Air Bubble’ between the two countries.

According to the statistics from Maldives Immigration, a total of 7,610 tourists arrived from India to the Maldives in November 2020. GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India are currently operating flights to the Maldives from India. The close distance between neighbouring India makes connections between the two nations easier as well.

In 2019, the Indian tourist source market ranked second among the best performing tourist markets. Likewise, arrivals from India grew by a whopping 83.5% in 2019 compared to 2018. Meanwhile, 2018 saw 90,474 tourist arrivals from India to the Maldives. In addition to that, in 2019, a total of 166,015 tourists from India visited the Maldives.

GoAir flight parked at Velana International Airport
Image: Velana International Airport via Twitter

After the Maldives reopened its borders, influential celebrities from India flocked to the Maldives to spend their getaway. In November 2020, Bollywood celebrities including Tiger Shroff, Vedhika, Dheeraj Dhoopar, Katrina Kaif, Shanvi Srivastava and many more Indian celebrities have visited the Maldives.

Also read: Maldives Records 35,759 Tourist Arrivals in November 2020

The pictures of the Indian celebrities holidaying in the Maldives sparked heat on social media. Users on Twitter describe the Maldives as ‘The new Mumbai’ and ‘Goa for rich people’. On the other hand, the stunning pictures of these celebrities holidaying in the Maldives made everyone yearn for a vacation.

See the full list of Indian celebrities that visited the Maldives after lockdown HERE

To visit the Maldives, travellers need PCR test taken 96 hours before their arrival in the country. Resorts in the Maldives offer exit PCR-screening for guests without having to travel out of the resort. And meanwhile, some resorts offer PCR tests free-of-charge.

Feature image by Velana International Airport
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Explore a Multitude of Football Camps at Siyam World This Year!

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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