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Partners announced for TTM 2018

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Maldives Getaways on Thursday signed up with partners for the upcoming Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) 2018.

At a ceremony held at Champa Centra Hotel in capital Male, Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) signed as the Platinum Partner, while Al Shaali Marine Maldives, Allied Insurance, Ooredoo Maldives and Fuel Supplies Maldives (FSM) were announced as Gold Partners.

Gold Partner: Ooredoo Maldives – Najib Khan (CEO).

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), M7 Print, Maldivian, Laniakea Tech, State Trading Organisation (STO), and LinkServe signed as Silver Partners.

Gold Partner: Fuel Supplies Maldives – Mariyam Nasfa (Assistant Manager, Marketing).

TTM is scheduled to be held at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male from May 1-3. It is expected that along with over 140 resorts and hotels, 200 international buyers and media representatives will attend the travel trade show.

Gold Partner: Al Shaali Marine Maldives – Ismail Shareef (Operations Manager).

Premium exhibitors include Adaaran Resorts Maldives, Angiri Resorts, Crown and Champa Resorts, Bandos Maldives, and Villa Hotels and Resorts.

Gold Partner: Allied Insurance – Ibrahim Firushan (General Manager Sales).

TTM Gala Night, which will be held at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort, will host TTM Awards on May 2. TTM will also host the second edition of Hotelier Summit of Maldives, which targets investors as well as leading hotel owners, operators, developers, architects, interior designers and consultants.

TTM 2018 will also host the first Maldives Supplier Expo. It is the only event where exhibiting companies can expect to meet key decision makers, engineering directors and procurement manager from all over the Maldives. A total of 1000 plus key decision makers as well as purchasing chiefs from over 150 resorts and leading local companies are expected to pass through the doors of Maldives Supplier Expo to visit and network with the exhibitors.

The second edition of Tourism Career Fair will be held during TTM at Dharubaaruge on May 3. Much like last year, the career fair is a great opportunity for students and professionals to meet and network with tourism industry representatives in the Maldives.

TTM aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of two million tourists with over USD 3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020. More than 300 hoteliers, suppliers, related industries and travel industry professionals from the Maldives and abroad are expected to visit TTM to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends in the Maldives.

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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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