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Record-setting win for Conrad Maldives at World Luxury Restaurant Awards



Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has won a record number of 22 titles at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017, making it the most awards won by a single hotel or resort in the history of the awards.

In recognition of the resort’s outstanding food and beverage offerings, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was awarded the evening’s grand award for Ithaa Undersea Restaurant named Global Restaurant of the Year — an award previously held by Jahn at Conrad Koh Samui.

The Koko Grill restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. PHOTO/ CONRAD

Other awards won by the resort at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards gala ceremony, which took place at the JW Marriott Hanoi hotel in Vietnam on July 22, include:

  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Luxury Unique Experience (Global Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Luxury Resort Restaurant (Global Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Luxury Scenic Setting (Continent Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Fusion Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Ambience/Romantic Atmosphere (Continent Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Haute Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Luxury Interior Design/Architecture (Continent Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Asian Cuisine (Global Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Fine Dining Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Chinese Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Luxury Unique Experience (Continent Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Haute Cuisine (Country Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Luxury Interior Design/Architecture (Country Winner)
  • Ufaa by Jereme Leung: Luxury Resort Restaurant (Country Winner)
  • Mandhoo Spa Restaurant: Health and Wellness Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Mandhoo Spa Restaurant: Ambience/Romantic Atmosphere (Country Winner)
  • Mandhoo Spa Restaurant: Luxury Scenic Setting (Country Winner)
  • Vilu Restaurant and Bar: Mediterranean Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Vilu Restaurant and Bar: Best Wine Selection (Continent Winner)
  • Vilu Restaurant and Bar: Luxury Unique Experience (Country Winner)
  • Koko Grill: Japanese Cuisine (Continent Winner)
  • Koko Grill: Best Food Styling/Presentation (Continent Winner)

The Ufaa by Jereme Leung restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. PHOTO/ CONRAD

“We are honoured to be awarded the overall global restaurant of the year and subsequent 21 accolades by the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. These awards are a testament to what we deliver our guests every day; the most unique and inspired dining experiences in the Maldives and Indian Ocean,” Stefano Ruzza, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, was quoted in a statement as saying.

“Our team is committed to delivering the highest level of excellence, ensuring our guests experience world-class cuisine at each of our restaurants and bars. For our resort team the recognition from the World Luxury Restaurant awards, tourism professionals and guests worldwide lends encouragement to continually deliver the best for our guests each day.”

The Vilu Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. PHOTO/ CONRAD

With over 100,000 votes cast for 1,000 entrants in 78 categories this year, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards recognise restaurants across the globe for their culinary excellence and memorable experiences, as well as assessing the quality of the atmosphere and service. The awards aim to provide luxury restaurants with increased recognition as well as introduce them to potential new guests, both local and international. Votes come from both guests and industry experts, thus providing a balanced and unbiased outcome based on the food experience as a whole.

Consistently recognised globally for its exceptional food and beverage offerings at its 12 restaurants and bars, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a true gourmand’s delight, providing an array of international cuisines in a truly inspired setting. Conrad Maldives is world-renowned for setting benchmarks in resort dining in the Maldives, being the first to create an undersea restaurant, Ithaa, the first to build an underground wine cellar, the first to establish a cheese bar, and the first authentic Chinese restaurant Ufaa, spearheaded by award-winning Chinese chef Jereme Leung.

The Mandhoo Spa Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. PHOTO/ CONRAD

In addition to the record-breaking win at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards, the resort ‘s commitment to excellence was recently recognised at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony early this month, where it was recognised Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa for the Sunset Water Villa. The awards were voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide and recognise hotel leaders across the globe.

As one of the Maldives’ leading resorts and one of Hilton Worldwide’s flagship properties, the award-winning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort offers 150 villas and suites, 12 restaurants and bars, two spas — all stretched over two remote islands. It features the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, world’s first undersea restaurant made from only glass.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is home to two unique spa experiences; The Spa Retreat on Rangalifinolhu Island and the Over Water Spa on Rangali Island. Combining expertise from around the world with carefully selected products and therapies influenced by the environment, the two spas offer unique and effective experiences to suit the needs of every individual.

The luxury resort also offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customise details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it is pre-selecting bath amenities or checking in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.


Maldives China Tourism Association announces first roadshow in China to boost tourism



The Maldives China Tourism Association (MVCTA), a non-governmental and non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism in the Maldives to the Chinese market, has announced its upcoming roadshow in China. Founded in 2023 and registered in the Maldives, the MVCTA aims to provide information about the Maldives as a destination to the Chinese public and strengthen ties between the travel industries of China and the Maldives.

The MVCTA’s efforts include participating in regional travel exhibitions and roadshows, advertising and promotions, organizing familiarization trips for the travel trade and media, and maintaining contacts with government tourism bodies, travel agencies, and associations in China. By working together with various stakeholders, the association strives to advance the Maldives’ travel and tourism industry and enhance the country’s tourism image in the Chinese market.

To further their promotional activities, the MVCTA is pleased to announce its first roadshow in China, scheduled to take place in September 2023. The roadshow will span four cities, namely Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Beijing, from the 15th to the 21st of September. This significant event aims to showcase the unique attractions and experiences the Maldives has to offer to Chinese travelers.

The MVCTA’s roadshow in China presents an excellent opportunity for Chinese travelers to discover the allure of this tropical paradise. As the association embarks on its inaugural roadshow, it anticipates a successful event that will contribute to the growth and development of tourism between China and the Maldives.

Following the resumption of outbound travel from China in January 2023, the Maldives has seen a significant resurgence in Chinese tourist arrivals. Prior to the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, China held the top position as the leading inbound market for the Maldives. Although currently ranked as the sixth largest source market, Chinese arrivals have already accounted for 5.8% of the total tourist influx to the Maldives, with an impressive 48,668 Chinese tourists visiting by June 6th, 2023. These figures are expected to surge further in the coming years, as China’s appetite for international travel continues to grow, cementing its crucial role in the Maldives’ thriving tourism industry.

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TTM Travel Summit 2023 unveils exciting new concept with interactive, engaging workshops



Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) has introduce an elevated concept for the highly anticipated TTM Travel Summit 2023. Building upon 6 years of success, this year’s summit promises an immersive and engaging experience, focusing on interactive brainstorming sessions and workshops that will shape the industry’s future.

TTM Travel Summit 2023 boasts a dynamic lineup of sessions and workshops designed to encourage active participation from industry stakeholders. With keynote presentations by industry experts and collaborative brainstorming sessions, the summit will explore crucial topics essential for advancing the tourism sector in the Maldives.

Attendees can anticipate thought-provoking discussions on the future of aviation in the Maldives, exploring emerging trends and challenges that will significantly impact the travel industry. The evolving role of travel agents in the digital era will also take centre stage, emphasising the importance of adapting to changing landscapes and embracing new strategies.

Another significant focus of the summit will be marketing the Maldives to new markets, with experts sharing insights on diversifying tourism products. Furthermore, participants will gain valuable knowledge on media and content strategies for effective tourism promotion, unravelling the secrets behind captivating travel stories and engaging content.

TTM Travel Summit is an exclusive invitation-only event that brings together thought leaders, industry shapers, and senior decision-makers professionally engaged with Maldives tourism. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, the summit aims to propel the industry forward and pave the way for a thriving future in travel.

Registration for the TTM Travel Summit will be open from 1st July onwards, and industry professionals are encouraged to secure their spot early to be part of this groundbreaking experience.

Taking place from August 22nd to 24th, 2023, TTM Maldives 2023 will feature TTM Connect Meetings during the first two days at Meeruma Conference Facility, followed by the TTM Travel Summit and the prestigious TTM Awards & Gala Night on the final day at CROSSROADS Maldives.

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Visit Maldives collaborates with SQ to showcase Maldives with familiarisation trip for Chinese market



Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/ Visit Maldives) concludes a familiarisation trip in collaboration with Singapore Airlines (SQ). The trip was held from 29th May to 4th June 2023. This familiarisation trip provided participants from the Chinese market with an immersive experience of the world-class Maldivian hospitality, focusing on affordable luxury and sustainability in the Sunny Side of Life.

The familiarisation trip commenced 31st May 2023, following the Visit Maldives Storytellers’ Conference 2023. It featured representatives from various publications and social media platforms, with a specific focus on the mass market. This trip generated extensive coverage that highlighted the unique geographical features of the Maldives and its one-island-one-resort concept, along with the exceptional experiences that have made the Maldives one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations.

With a estimated combined reach of 1,270,000, leading publications and platforms such as Travel+Leisure, City Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller 悦游, Voyage 新旅行, and 公众号:飞客 Flyer Tea provided coverage that reached a wide audience. During the trip, participants had the opportunity to engage with consumers on social media, share first-hand experiences of Maldivian hospitality through local life experiences, and promote the destination’s sustainability efforts. The trip showcased the range of unique experiences available in the Maldives, highlighting its position as a top destination and environmentally-friendly getaway. Through this trip, MMPRC aimed to not only reach a vast audience but also create a strong presence on various platforms and entice travellers to experience the unparalleled beauty and hospitality of the Maldives.

MMPRC aims to promote the Maldives as a safe and attractive destination for Chinese travellers through this activity. China has consistently been in the top 10 source markets for the Maldives in terms of arrivals pre-pandemic, and despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the market is showing promising signs of recovery. In the first quarter of 2023, 17,691 Chinese tourists visited the Maldives, and the Maldives aims to leverage its presence on various platforms to gain a competitive advantage over other destinations.

This familiarisation trip with Singapore Airlines is part of a broader marketing strategy that includes ongoing PR activities, social media promotions, joint campaigns with leading travel agencies, and more. MMPRC is dedicated to enhancing destination presence in the Chinese market and capitalising on the growing interest in travel opportunities post-pandemic.

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