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World Travel Writers’ Conference in Maldives launched, Maldives Insider signs up as partner



State media’s Maldives TV has launched the first ever global travel writers’ conference to be held in the Maldives.

Fifteen participants, including eminent travel writers, bloggers, vloggers, photographers and social media influencers, from 10 different nationalities across the globe are set to attend the two-day World Travel Writers’ Conference, which includes keynote speeches and panel discussions at Bandos Maldives resort on Sunday followed by a gala dinner with networking sessions at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort on Monday.

Themes set for the keynote speeches include:

  • Progressive economy and sustainable tourism
  • Sharing experiences and the art of storytelling
  • Keeping a memory to a moment otherwise gone
  • Bringing the travel destination story to life through immersive technology

Expert groups will express their views and experiences during the panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Turning factual travel stories into crafted narratives
  • Storytelling through digital: every travel experience starts with a search
  • Are luxury destinations failing in their storytelling?

“The conference engages global travel writers, photographers and social media influencers in experiencing the exquisite scenery, delectable cuisines, thrilling water sports and luxurious accommodation in the Maldives,” a statement issued by Maldives TV read.

“This would be followed by a published review by these world-renowned and award-winning international exposure, and attract new and repeat travellers from all over the world and tap specific target markets.”

At a ceremony held at Hotel Jen in capital Male Wednesday evening, partnership agreements were signed for the World Travel Writers’ Conference.

Adaaran Resorts Maldives and Coco Collection signed up as platinum sponsors, while Kandima Maldives and Bandos Maldives were named gold sponsors, and Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) and Hotel Jen as silver sponsors.

Associate partners include the tourism ministry, economic ministry, customs service, immigration department, Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM), Maldives Getaways, Maldives Insider and MVHotels.

Qatar Airways was announced as the airline partner, while VIVA signed up as the event partner and Print Lab as the printing partner.


Villa Resorts hosts over 200 travel agents from India to showcase its transformation



Villa Resorts, a leading Maldivian resort group, recently hosted a series of events for over 200 travel agents from India.

The events were held to highlight the company’s recent rebranding and to familiarise travel agents with the significant changes made as part of its strategic Blue Ocean Shift.

Villa Resorts has a significant market presence in India, and the events were part of the company’s ongoing efforts to work closely with its partners to showcase its transformation and enhancements in its products and services.

The familiarisation events drew over 200 participants, making it one of the largest series of events for travel agents ever hosted by a Maldivian resort group.

Villa Resorts plans to continue hosting similar events throughout the coming year to promote its growing portfolio of resorts to the Indian market.

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‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion: Four draws, countless winners, more to go



The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion, which launched with great fanfare on June 23, continues to captivate audiences across the nation with its promise of incredible prizes and adrenaline-pumping excitement. As Coca-Cola moves forward, the company has announced not one, but four draws that have rewarded lucky winners with exciting prizes!

The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion has been a huge success, with dozens of lucky winners taking home amazing prizes, such as Benelli motorbikes, helmets, and Charged drink cases. The promotion, which started on June 23, has been attracting customers from all over the Maldives, who have been enjoying the refreshing taste of Charged caffeinated beverage and the thrill of scratching their cards to reveal their codes.

So far, four draws have taken place, each one broadcasted live on Television Maldives (TVM) at 9:30pm. The winners of the Benelli motorbikes were Mohamed Adam, MD Musharraf, Mohamed Rasel Hossain and Ahmed Zahir who were ecstatic to receive their prizes and thanked Charged for making their dreams come true. The winners of the helmets and drink cases were also delighted with their rewards and encouraged others to join the promotion.

But don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, because there are still more chances to win! The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion is not over yet. That means you still have time to grab your favourite Charged drink, scratch your card, and send your code to 2626 via SMS.

As the exciting journey continues, there are two main draws left in this thrilling event, scheduled for September 24 and October 20. You could be the next lucky winner of a Benelli Leoncino 250 motorbike! But the excitement doesn’t stop there; be sure to keep an eye out for the daily draws, with winners announced regularly on the @ChargedMaldives Instagram page. You could stand a chance to win a Charged branded helmet, or a Charged drink case.

Charged, a ground-breaking addition to Coca-Cola Maldives’ beverage portfolio, is available in 250 ml, in 100% recyclable aluminium cans, in line with our packaging strategy to use 100% recyclable packaging material. The caffeinated beverage is now widely available at major retail outlets, hotels, restaurants, and cafes throughout the Maldives.

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JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La unveils Oro’s 100% Arabica Rose Coffee



JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La has introduced a special coffee to their collection – Oro’s 100% Arabica Rose Coffee. This latest addition to the menu of Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go aims to provide coffee lovers with the unique and delicate taste of Oro’s Arabica Rose.

The hotel was alive with excitement on Thursday evening with the launch of Oro’s 100% Arabica rose. Media personnel and coffee enthusiasts were treated to an exclusive tasting experience of freshly brewed Arabica Rose Coffee along with some tasty finger foods.

The highlight of the evening was a lucky draw giveaway, extending an invitation for all the guests to participate and win a Skechers Maldives voucher and coffee voucher from Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go.

Oro’s Arabica Rose Coffee is now available at Jen’s Kitchen on-the-go. It is the perfect spot to refuel with coffee, tea, freshly squeezed juices, or a light bite. Customers can now enroll to become a Shangri-La Circle Member and earn points with every purchase at Jen’s Kitchen On- the-Go and enjoy the rewards at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

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