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Voting begins for World Travel Awards Indian Ocean nominees

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World Travel Awards (WTA) has announced the nominees and opened voting for its Indian Ocean regional segment.

Set to take place at the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) in South Africa on October 6, the red-carpet Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will gather hospitality leaders from across the region to see who amongst them has been voted the best in the business.

As voting continues until August 19, Maldives is vying for the coveted titles of Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination and Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination.

Maldives flagship carrier Maldivian is competing for the titles of Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Economy Class, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand and Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew, while Trans Maldivian Airport is vying for the award of Indian Ocean’s Leading Seaplane Operator.

Meanwhile, Maldives main Velana International Airport has been nominated for the award of Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport.

Several Maldivian resorts and hotels have also been nominated for prestigious awards, including:

  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Resort:
    – Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
    – LUX* South Ari Atoll
    – One&Only Reethi Rah
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel:
    – COMO Cocoa Island
    – Naladhu Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand:
    – Coco Collection
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel:
    – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    – JA Manafaru
    – One&Only Reethi Rah
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort:
    – Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
    – Bandos Maldives
    – Constance Moofushi
    – Komandoo Island Resort and Spa
    – OBLU By Atmosphere at Helengeli
    – Vakarufalhi Island Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort:
    – Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
    – Kanuhura Maldives
    – Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
    – Lily Beach Resort and Spa
    – Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa
    – Soneva Fushi
    – The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort:
    – Gili Lankanfushi
    – Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
    – Six Senses Laamu
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort:
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – COMO Cocoa Island
    – JA Manafaru
    – The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel:
    – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    – LUX* South Ari Atoll
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Residences:
    – Gili Lankanfushi
    – Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite:
    – Extreme WOW Ocean Haven at W Maldives
    – Royal Island Suite at JA Manafaru
    – The Rehendi Presidential Suite at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Leisure Hotel:
    – Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
    – Hulhule Island Hotel
    – Soneva Fushi
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa:
    – Baros Residence and Baros Maldives
    – Grand Sunset Residence and One&Only Reethi Rah
    – The Royal Residence and Jumeirah Vittaveli
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Island Resort:
    – Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah
    – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    – The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
    – Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort:
    – Ayada Maldives
    – Baros Maldives
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort Managed by AccorHotels
    – Gili Lankanfushi
    – Huvafen Fushi Maldives
    – Milaidhoo Island Maldives
    – OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Villa Resort:
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    – Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Water Villa:
    – Escape Water Villa at Coco Bodu Hithi
    – Extreme WOW Ocean Haven at W Maldives
    – Grand Water Villa at One&Only Reethi Rah
    – Laamu Water Villa at Six Senses Laamu
    – Ocean Suites at Paradise Island Resort and Spa
    – Two-Bedroom Ocean Pavilion at Huvafen Fushi Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel:
    – Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
    – Hulhule Island Hotel
    – Kurumba Maldives
    – Paradise Island Resort and Spa
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort:
    – Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
    – Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives
    – Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Private Island Resort:
    – Coco Privé Private Island Maldives
    – COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives
    – Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah
    – Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort:
    – Amari Havodda Maldives
    – Baros Maldives
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – Coco Bodu Hithi
    – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    – Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
    – Gili Lankanfushi
    – Huvafen Fushi Maldives
    – JA Manafaru
    – Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
    – The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
    – W Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort:
    – Amari Havodda Maldives
    – Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
    – Angsana Velavaru
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – Coco Bodu Hithi
    – Hurawalhi Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Resort:
    – Adaaran Prestige Water Villas Maldives
    – Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
    – Baros Maldives
    – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    – Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
    – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
  • Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort:
    – Baros Maldives
    – Coco Bodu Hithi
    – Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

Maldives based travel agencies and tour operators are also competing for several awards: Diethlam Travel Maldives for Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination Management Company; Get Into Maldives Travels, Intour Maldives and Vermillion International Maldives for Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator; and Get Into Maldives Travels, Simply Maldives and Vermillion International Maldives for Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

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

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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

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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

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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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