In Malaysia, Maldives showcases affordable travel options

Affordable travel options in Maldives are being showcased in Malaysia.

Organised by budget airline AirAsia in association with its Maldives agent All H Maldives and local PR firm Maldives Getaways, the first ever Maldives Travel Fair takes place from Tuesday to Wednesday at gateway@klia2, the bustling integrated complex sandwiched between the drop-off and main terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.

Exhibitors include leading guesthouses such as Shallow Lagoon in Alif Alif atoll Rasdhoo, Serene Sky in Alif Alif atoll Thoddoo, Plumeria Maldives in Vaavu atoll Thinadhoo, UI Inn in the satellite town of Hulhumale, Crystal Sands in Kaafu atoll Maafushi, Local Island Inn in Alif Dhaal atoll Handnaameedhoo and Jupiter Sunrise Lodge in Vaavu atoll Keyodhoo. Adaaran Resorts, which operates six properties in the Maldives, and Villa Hotels and Resorts, which runs five resorts, are also exhibiting their products at the two-day fair.

Some offers on the table include a package of three days and two nights for two people for RM 950++ (USD 225++), and another package of four days and three nights for RM 1,200++ (USD 285++). These packages, which come with complimentary airport transfer, are only available for bookings made during the fair for stays between March 1, 2018 and November 21, 2018.

“… whole purpose of the fair is to abolish the thought that Maldives is just a luxury destination for the upper-class market and that it can be enjoyed by anyone at a given budget,” a statement issued by Maldives Getaways read.

An Instagram competition is also run during the fair. Visitors are requested to upload photos of the fair to the popular photo sharing network and tag it with #maldivestravelfair. The most creative photo and caption will be gifted with a stay of two nights in the Maldives.

Malaysia-based AirAsia operates a direct daily service to the Maldives from Kuala Lumpur, while its joint venture Thai AirAsia runs a separate non-stop daily connection between Bangkok and Male. These airlines offer a low-cost option for travellers coming to the Maldives, especially from South East Asia.

South East Asia has posted strong gains in tourist arrivals to the Maldives, with a 19.3 percent increase in the first half of this year. The biggest gains were observed in the number of visitors from Malaysia (34 percent), Philippines (22.5 percent) and Thailand (18.9 percent).

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