Chinese internet company treats over 1,000 employees to Maldives holiday

Over 1,000 employees of a major Chinese mobile internet company are holidaying in the Maldives.

The employees of Fuaibao Commerce and Trade, one of the largest companies in China that trade on the popular WeChat platform, arrived in the Maldives Sunday afternoon along with their Chairman Xia Baoping, and Founder and CEO Fuyuming. They were given a warm welcome at the Maldives main Velana International Airport.

They later travelled to LUX* South Ari Atoll for their vacation.

“This will be a huge promotion for the Maldives, as this trip is being covered on WeChat as well,” a local agent involved in arranging the trip told local news website Avas Online.

Fuaibao Commerce and Trade Chairman Xia Baoping, and Founder and CEO Fuyuming pose for a photo after arriving at the Velana International Airport in Maldives on Sunday. PHOTO/ AVAS

Founded in 2014, Fuaibao has become a major mobile internet company in China. With five logistic centres, the company markets and sells some 10 brands on WeChat.

As a reward to its employees, Fuaibao launched its global holiday tour in 2014, and has since taken them to countries such as Phuket, Maldives, China, Japan, Australia and Dubai.

Maldives ranks amongst the most favoured holiday destinations for Chinese travellers, but the Chinese market has posted major declines over the past year. Arrivals from China, which still remains the single biggest source market, has dropped 10.3 percent in the first half of this year to reach 141,495 from 157,764 in the same period of last year.

Fresh from its relaunch late last year, cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane flight away from the main Velana International Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives.

With 187 private villas dotted at the water’s edge along four kilometres of powder fine beach or perched on stilts above a crystal clear lagoon, these spacious pavilions and villas bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives.

Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*, and at LUX* South Ari Atoll, there is authentic South East Asian street food in the Maldives’ only over-the-water gourmet night market and world-class Chinese cuisine at East, along with the Japanese restaurant Umami, which offers live teppanyaki and dazzling selection of sakés.

While the resort has a PADI-certified dive centre, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa which hosts a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent treatments, what sets the property apart from its neighbours are surprises, or better known as #ReasonstogoLUX. Designed to create lasting memories for guests, these ‘reasons’ can range from island-roasted coffee in Café LUX* to impromptu movie screenings at cinema paradise and the chance to hang your wishes on the Tree of Wishes.

Photo: Avas Online

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