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Velana International Airport Records 147 Aircraft Movements on a Single-Day

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Velana International Airport has recorded 147 aircraft movements on 11th October 2020, setting a new record since border reopening.

Velana International Airport (VIA) has recorded 147 aircraft movements on 11th October 2020. This sets a new high air traffic movements on a single day since the border reopening on 15th July 2020. According to Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), the airport recorded 30 runway movements and 108 seaplane movements.

According to MACL’s passenger traffic performance statistics, 13,487 international arrivals were recorded in September 2020. Furthermore, 11,186 and 2,890 international arrivals were recorded in August and July, respectively. September saw 426 international ATMs, while July and August witnessed 200 and 448 ATMs, respectively. A tweet by MACL stated that traffic is building up slowly and steadily at Velana International Airport.

MACL has also announced British Airways will restart its operations to the Maldives from 17th October 2020. The airline will operate 3 scheduled flights a week straight from London Heathrow. The addition of British Airways scheduled flights will assist the Maldives increase tourist arrivals from the UK. Likewise, the UK is amongst the top 10 source markets for the Maldives’ tourism industry. Before the lockdown in March, a total of 7,288 visitors from the UK arrived in the Maldives this year. Meanwhile, 625 tourists arrived from the UK in September 2020, making it the 4th highest performing market in terms of tourist arrivals.

Tourist arrivals from various markets have been increasing significantly since the border reopening. In addition to the marketing activities hosted by MMPRC, privately-owned Resort Life Travel has also been running various campaigns to promote the island nation. The company has been running ‘Project FOMO’, a viral marketing campaign focused on bouncing back from the loss COVID-19 has taken on the Maldivian economy.

Also read: Maldives Records 9,538 Tourist Arrivals in September 2020

According to the tourist arrival figures from the Maldives Immigration, the island archipelago has welcomed over 18,867 arrivals since the border reopening. The Maldives has also recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals on a single-day since the border reopening, with over a thousand arrivals on 2nd October 2020.

Feature image by Maldives Airports Company Limited
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An Invite to the Front Row: SO/ Maldives Grand Opening Party!

SO/Maldives proudly announces the grand opening party of its exquisite runway.

SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

The Grand Opening Party – An Invite to the Front Row

The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

Experience one of the First-International Fashion Shows in the Maldives with Milin!

SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

Culinary Delights with Chef Dharshan Munidasa

Chef Dharshan Munidasa, a dual Sri Lankan – Japanese heritage chef hailed for his accolades commands the spotlight at SO/ Maldives. Chef Dharshan’s menu is set to redefine conventional boundaries. Guests are invited to enjoy the exquisite flavours at the Ministry of Crab, Nihonashi Blue, and Carne Diem Grill.

To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

Guests are welcome to enjoy a series of live performances from world-class musicians and DJs. Groove to the innovative beats of one of the leading Maldivin bands, YJ Hameed Music. The vibes are set to create a rhythm that resonates with the spirit of the island’s spirit. Lydia Sarunrat Deane, a Thai sensation will also be filling the air with enchanting melodies. End the night as DJ Karrouhat from Dubai takes everyone on an electrifying-after party journey.

The Grand Opening Party will be hosted by Matthew Deane, a well-known Thai-Australian singer, model, actor and television presenter.

Exclusive Wellness & Fitness Retreats

Embark on a transformative fitness journey with the introduction of a week-long detox and fun session by Jumping Fitness, an innovative fitness regimen that originated in the Czech Republic. In collaboration with London-based wellness partner salon C. Steller, renowned for its modern approach to wellness, the resort is set to launch new spa experiences that promise ultimate rejuvenation.

Earth Hour

SO/ Maldives invites guests to experience an eco-conscious revelry. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty of nature intertwines with the joy of celebration. Witness as the island runway dims, unveiling a beach bonfire beneath the starlit sky. Immense in the rhythmic beats of Maldivian Boduberu and the serene glow.

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