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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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Earth Week at Oaga Art Resort: Connect with the Beauty of Nature

Oaga Art Resort is getting ready to celebrate Earth Week with Nature's Embrace!

Oaga Art Resort is dedicating a week to connecting with the beauty and wonder of the planet! In celebration of Earth Week, the resort is curating a programme with meaningful experiences and deep appreciation for the Earth from March 21st to 27th, 2024.

Earth Week Specials at Oaga Art Resort

On March 21st, the resort will celebrate Poetry Day to unwind with Earth-inspired creativity. Start your day with a poetic breakfast, followed by a lunchtime fusion of traditional Maldivian Boduberu beats and poetry called ‘Farihi’. As the sun goes down, guests are invited to enjoy poetry reading and a captivating performance by local duo ‘Something Lovely’.

On March 22nd, guests can enjoy a Boduberu jam session at lunch. As the nighttime falls, witness the artistry of a sand artist as they create their magic on the Raa Baa deck.

On March 23rd, Connect with Nature in a mindful way. As part of the Earth Hour, a candlelit Earth meditation and Sound healing session will be hosted. Guests can also savour a delicious Earth-conscious buffet and enjoy unplugged music around a bonfire! Additionally, a special coral planting cocktail will take place at sunset. At this event, guests can also help plant 60+ coral frames in Oaga’s reef nursery. The project is carried out in partnership with Coralive, aiming to completely resort to the house reef by 2028.

Celebrate Holi with an Eco Twist on March 25th. Create stunning sand mandalas and participate in the traditional Full Moon ritual. Oaga Art Resort will also be hosting a glow-in-the-dark Holi Full moon party with minimal lighting!

Reflect and reminisce under the stars on March 26th. Cuddle up for a captivating movie night! The Grand Finale, with World Theatre Day will be hosted on March 27th. The resort will be hosting a puppet show in addition to live performances by the Sky Rock band. End the night with a special Earth-themed solo performance at the Kaa Kada dinner in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Earth Week and so Much More!

Guests are welcome to enjoy these activities and so much more at Oaga. The resort is all about fun, creative and new experiences. The Earth Week celebrations are weaved into the activities throughout Oaga Art Resort during this period. Oaga Art Resort is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive getaway. The Greatest All-inclusive plan redefines your resort experience!

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