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Tourist Arrivals to the Maldives Surpass 353,000 in 2021

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According to the figures from the Tourism Ministry, Maldives witnessed over 353,000 tourist arrivals from 1st January to 17th April 2021.

Tourist arrivals to the Maldives surpassed 353,000 as of 17th April 2021. According to the figures from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, the island nation has witnessed 353,789 tourist arrivals from 1st January to 17th April 2021.

During this period, Maldives recorded a daily average of 3,306 arrivals. Furthermore, holidaymakers spent an average of 8.9 days in the island archipelago. From 1st April 2021 to 17th April 2021, Maldives recorded 55,219 tourist arrivals. In 2020, the borders of the Maldives were closed in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, the Tourism Ministry of the Maldives announced some changes to the travel restrictions, once again pushing ahead of the competition. Visitors to the island nation would no longer need to quarantine if they received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 14 days before their arrival in the Maldives. This change will be effective from 20th April 2021 onwards.

Holidaymakers will need to submit proof they received an approved vaccine. Travellers can submit the certificate via the IMUGA platform ( before travel.

The Maldives witnessed the highest number of tourist arrivals from India and Russia. Other top markets include; Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Romania, the United States, Czech Republic and France. India was the leading individual source market of 2020 as well.

Also read: The Maldives Eases Travel Restrictions

From 1st January 2021 to 14th January 2021, tourist arrivals from Uzbekistan grew by a staggering 578% compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, arrivals from Kazakhstan grew by 425.7% and arrivals from Ukraine increased by 323.8%.

Speaking on CNBC International, the Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom announced plans to launch a ‘visit, vaccinate, vacation’ initiative. Earlier the tourism ministry also revealed that tourists will spend over 10 million bed nights in the Maldives in 2021.

Feature image by Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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