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Over 50 dive operators, media to attend Maldives first international dive show



Maldives’ first ever international boat and dive show is set to witness the participation of more than 50 dive operators and media representatives from all across the globe, organisers have announced.

Organised by local PR and marketing firm Maldives Getaways, the first edition of the Maldives International Boat, Dive and Water Sports Show will take place from March 22-23, 2018 in the satellite town of Hulhumale.

In a statement, Maldives Getaways said in addition to the 100 vessels that are expected to be on show at the event, relevant media, manufacturers, travel companies and liveaboards are expected to take centre stage at the show. Marine industry giants such as boat builders, civil engineers, safety and security personnel, transport regulators, suppliers and insurance providers and also expected to be present at the show, it added.

“Maldives Getaways continues to make advancements to host the first ever International Boat & Dive Show…,” the statement read.

“While their goal is on making the Boat and Dive Show the first ever international event of such magnitude, they have set their sights on competing with the Singapore Yacht and Dive Show.”

The event dates fall directly between The Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) and The Singapore Yacht Show, giving boats of all sizes a scenic view of the Maldives. Special floating platforms are to be built to create a temporary marina for the docking of more than 100 vessels that are to be showcased at the event.

According to Maldives Getaways, the Boat and Dive Show will also host a professional divers conference and a marine industry professionals’ forum. The first ever Diver Summit will see diving professionals and potential stakeholders come together to discuss the future of dive tourism in the Maldives, whereas the Marine Industry Forum will bring together marine specialists from all backgrounds to discuss pressing issues and future of boating as well as positioning the Maldives as a fully-fledged boating destination, the firm said.

“Places like Singapore and Dubai already host their own dive and boat shows. With the current growth in the tourism industry, there’s a need for the Maldives to have a dive and boat show of its own. We believe that the Maldives International Boat and Dive Show will create immense networking opportunities,” Abdulla Nashaath, a Director at the firm, was quoted in the statement as saying.

Maldives Getaways also publishes Divemv, which is the only dedicated dive magazine in the Maldives. The magazine, developed solely for the purpose of promoting the Maldives as a dive destination, is published in English with a total of 3,000 copies printed and freely distributed to all interested parties across the globe, including suppliers, travel agents and other businesses.

Known internationally as one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with one thrilling dive opportunity after another. The islands of the Maldives have consistently warm waters with outstanding visibility throughout the year, and consist of exhilarating dive sites such as vibrant thilas, exciting channels, coral-filled overhangs and fascinating wrecks.

The dive show is a welcome addition to the range of events organised by Maldives Getaways to promote the Maldives tourism industry. The firm is currently gearing up to hold the first edition of Travel Trade Maldives (TTM), the first international travel trade show in the Maldives, in July.


Maldives celebrates arrival of 2024’s 1 millionth tourist



Maldives on Thursday welcomed the one millionth tourist to visit this year.

The one millionth tourist is a Thai named Sutapa Amonwivat, who arrived from Singapore with her husband and two children. This is her second visit to Maldives.

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and the Ministry of Tourism gave a warm welcome to Sutapa at the Velana International Airport (VIA) Thursday afternoon. She was welcomed at the VIA by tourism minister Ibrahim Faisal, MMPRC Managing Director Ibrahim Shiury and senior officials of various relevant agencies.

After welcoming her with traditional offerings, she was presented with various gifts by the ministry, MMPRC, customs, immigration, Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA).

Maldives reached one million tourists in June, three weeks earlier than last year. The number of tourists reached one million on July 16, 2023.

Maldives expects to reach 2 million tourists this year.

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New air route connects Chongqing to Maldives



Chongqing Airlines on Monday began its inaugural flights to Maldives.

The Chongqing-Male route, scheduled three times a week, is expected to strengthen the bonds between China and the Maldives, opening up exciting new opportunities for tourism and cultural exchange.

The inaugural flight was welcomed upon its arrival at Velana International Airport (VIA) in Maldives, where local officials and tourism representatives expressed their enthusiasm for this new development.

“We warmly welcome our friends from China to our beautiful islands. This new connection strengthens our bonds and opens up new opportunities for tourism,” the tourism ministry said on X.

Maldives currently welcomes four airlines from China, including China Eastern, Beijing Capital Airlines, Xiamen Airlines.

In January, Maldives government urged tourism stakeholders in both Maldives and China to ramp up efforts to restore China’s position as the primary source market for Maldives tourism, a status held before the onset of Covid-19.

China, being the largest source market for Maldives tourism before the pandemic, saw a resumption of tourist arrivals from January 2023 after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. In 2023, the Maldives welcomed 187,118 Chinese tourists, marking a significant recovery in numbers. This year, the Maldives has welcomed the most number of tourists from China, with over 107,940 or 11.5 percent of total arrivals by June 12. 

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CROSSROADS Maldives Introduces Weixin Pay at resorts for seamless guest experience



CROSSROADS Maldives has introduced WeChat Pay, widely known as Weixin Pay in China, across its world-class resorts, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. This payment option is made available to enhance the convenience and overall experience for guests from China, making their stay in the Maldives more enjoyable and hassle-free.

Understanding the needs of the diverse guests, CROSSROADS Maldives has integrated WeChat Pay into operations, allowing guests from China to easily and securely conduct transactions using a payment method familiar to them. The introduction of WeChat Pay is a testament to CROSSROADS Maldives’ dedication to enhancing guest satisfaction by offering exceptional experiences at every turn. What is also expected through this initiative is that the guests could benefit from better foreign exchange rates, translating to better savings on their expenditures during their stay.

The option is available for guests in-house conveniently at both resorts as well as across the Marina at CROSSROADS Maldives where a wider variety of unparalleled dining and retail experiences are available for all guests. The day visitors from China will also therefore equally benefit from this new introduction at the Maldives’ premier multi-island integrated leisure destination.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a vibrant tropical escape that offers unique and locally inspired experiences. The resort features spacious rooms and villas, a variety of dining options, and an array of recreational activities designed to cater to the desires of modern travellers. Guests can escape to the island’s SAiisational natural beauty, enjoy water sports, and indulge in spa treatments, all while relishing the personalised service that defines Hilton’s Curio Collection.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives brings the iconic Hard Rock spirit to the tranquil shores of the Maldives. This family-friendly resort offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment, featuring music-inspired experiences, live performances, and the brand’s signature amenities. With luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options, and a plethora of activities for all ages, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives ensures an unforgettable holiday experience for every guest.

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