VisitMaldives has announced an increase in visitor arrivals from the UK, with the 2016 figures revealing a 9.8 per cent increase in UK tourists during the year. The figures equate to 101,843 UK tourists visiting the Maldives compared to 92,775 in 2015.
Moosa Zameer, tourism minister, Maldives speaks to Breaking Travel News as the destination hosts the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016. Maldives was recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination and the World’s Leading Beach Destination during the event, highlighting its success on the global stage.
Travelling to Maldives from Delhi has become even easier. Mega Maldives Airlines has announced its non-stop flights to Male from New Delhi which will start from November 15th, 2016. The brand new Boeing 737 Aircraft, has two seating configuration of 150 Economy and 12 Business class seats.
The Maldives welcomed an increase in visitor arrivals from the UK, with 2016 figures revealing an 11 per cent increase in UK tourists during the first eight months of 2016, equating to 76,083 UK tourists visiting the Maldives compared to 68,519 in 2015. Visitor numbers are expected to show a further increase and to support this fast expanding tourist industry, Visit Maldives has announced a number of new tourism developments taking place during 2017.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has emerged from refurbishment as one of the Maldives’ most applauded resorts. In a strategic move to continually attract guests, the resort has invested US$3.2 million in redeveloping its beach villas which are set to launch this October. The redevelopment has seen a full renovation of 34 beach villas and bathrooms and this was followed by the development of the Maldives’ first authentic Chinese restaurant Ufaa heralded by celebrity chef Jereme Leung.
Achieving another milestone for Visit Maldives Year 2016, the destination proudly welcomed the one millionth visitor of the year at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport earlier. Alefiya Merchant, from India, arrived on an Air India flight with her husband Ali Asgar Godhrawala for their honeymoon in Maldives earlier today.
Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort, an idyllic-paradise nestled amid lush tropical vegetation in the Maldives, has been selected to host the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016. The prestigious red-carpet event will take place on December 2nd, welcoming industry leaders from around the globe to this internationally acclaimed destination.
Coco Collection has appointed Andrew Stuart Mclaren as the island manager of Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island. Surrounded by the sublime waters of the Maldives, Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island is a unique private island escape. Half an hour away from Malé International Airport by private yacht, the entire tropical island offers ample space for a single family or group of friends.
Outrigger Enterprises Group has appointed John Allanson as the general manager of Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, an exclusive sanctuary of over-water bungalows and exquisite villas located within the crystal waters of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. He will commence his position immediately and will report to Paul Richardson, executive vice president and chief operating officer in Outrigger’s corporate office in Hawaii.
Maldives crosses another milestone in the tourist arrival target of Visit Maldives Year with the welcoming of 750,000th tourist this morning. Wang Shuai, a tourist from China, was the distinguished 750,000th tourist to the Maldives who arrived with his family at 06:53 on a Maldivian flight from Xian.