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First Maldives Marketers Forum wraps up

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First Maldives Marketers Forum concluded successfully on Saturday with more than 200 participants.

MNU business School auditorium was packed, as attendees were taken through an amazing journey of origin and evolution of advertising to successful strategy development and execution.

The event commenced with the speech of CEO of Corporate Maldives Academy (CMA) Ilyas Haneef who mentioned that CMA would start their full-fledged operation from the first week of March. He also went on to mention the launch of Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in the Maldives, launch of Job.mv, and consultancy services in the Maldives.

CEO of Think Advertising Adeel Ismail presented the evolution of advertising in the Maldives, starting from first newspaper advertisement to modern day digital advertisement.

Isabelle Hajri, CMO of Dhiraagu, explained the telecom giant’s complete rebranding process from concept to post launch, while Niushad Shareef, the Marketing Manager at Allied Insurance, gave a detailed presentation on Allied’s Agent 1600 campaign and how it was successfully executed with supporting statistics.

Reputed international trainer Shanika Yoshini Kureshi explained the role of psychology in marketing and business. Neville Perera made the final presentation and guest speech on future marketing strategies and his experience in the industry.

The event concluded with a panel discussion with four industry experts, including Ismail Adhuham, General Manager of Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), Ibrahim Mahudhee, Managing Director of Maldives Promotion House, Hussain Jazlaan, Sales and Marketing Executive at Perspective Private Limited, and Dr Hassan Sunny Umar, CEO of Maldives Getaways. The Panel was moderated by Business Development Manager of CMA Mohamed Roshan.

The Maldives Marketers Forum is a unique and innovative event designed to engage, challenge and inspire business leaders and marketers in the Maldives. The forum focused on three key aspects of marketing: strategy, technology and psychology.

CMA, a division of leading local marketing and PR agency Maldives Getaways, was registered with the aim of addressing a serious problem for the corporate sector of Maldives — the absence of a reliable platform for providing continuous training and growth to employees. Options for employers to provide training to employees locally are quite minimal, making provision of training to employees in a sustainable manner a costly affair as they have to resort to overseas training providers.

CMA has amassed an extensive network of global training providers, experts and local trainers who are confident of delivering CMA standard of services as per client’s requirements.

According to CMA, a Marketing Forum, Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Forum as well as an HR Forum has been scheduled for 2018.

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Maldives celebrates arrival of 2024’s 1 millionth tourist

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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

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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

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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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