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LUX* North Male Atoll appoints seasoned hotelier John Rogers as General Manager

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LUX* North Male Atoll, the second LUX* resort operating in the Maldives, has appointed seasoned hotelier John Rogers as the General Manager of the brand new resort opening in February 2019.

Drawing on more than 30 years of experience managing award-winning destination properties around the world, British-born John brings an impressive background in pre-opening, planning as well as luxury resort operations to LUX* Hotels & Resorts.

John has held roles as General Manager at several award-winning luxury resorts, including eight years at La Residencia in Mallorca. Most recently, John oversaw all operations as General Manager at the Carlisle Bay resort in Antigua and Barbuda.

John’s wealth of knowledge in five-star resort hospitality is set to ensure the continued success of LUX* Hotels & Resorts and its dedicated commitment to ensure fresh, creative and exceptional experiences in different locales around the world, with LUX* North Male Atoll next out to make its gracious entrance in the promise of a Lighter, Brighter and extraordinary stay.

“I am thrilled to have joined LUX* North Male Atoll, as the resort will be introducing an entirely new level in stand-out luxury with spectacularly designed spaces to play, relax and retreat,” John was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“For the first time in the Maldives, each penthouse villa is crowned with a private Sky Lounge for all guests to overlook the unique location, just a short journey from Male. Leading up to the opening on February 1, 2019, we have been carefully planning all details to perfection, building great teams and sharing the vision of making each moment matter for our soon-to-arrive guests in a lighter, brighter way. We can’t wait to share this with you all.”

LUX* North Male Atoll, the second resort in the Maldives by Mauritius based hotel group LUX* Hotels & Resorts, will officially open on February 1, 2019.

Accessible by luxury speedboat or a short 15 minute seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport, this intimate resort is ripe with eye-catching architecture and ocean-inspired interiors. Each of the 67 double storey residences features a private pool, and for the first time in the Maldives, each residence is crowned with a magnificent private rooftop terrace. Whether set on the beach or stilted over the crystal blue lagoon, every penthouse villa takes indoor-outdoor living to a new level of breezy sophistication, with the largest three bedroom penthouse retreat covering 970sqm in total.

Opportunities for dining range from the openly elegant to the intimately luxurious. GLOW Restaurant and Bar is a meeting point of creative world cuisine. INTI guides you on a delicious journey through Peru and Japan and the height of truly bespoke taste is hidden in the opulent chamber of Barium, while Beach Rouge provides a feet-in-the-sand, sea breezy scenario to take you from day to night. Add the famous Café LUX* and signature homemade ICI ice cream parlour, and the flavours of island life just got fresher.

Guests are invited to indulge further on the island, with two swimming pools, a translucent overwater LUX* Me Spa, a world-class PADI diving centre, high adrenaline water sports with the option for cave diving, ship wreck diving and the ultimate luxury experience with private yacht voyages.

LUX* North Male Atoll is truly an exclusive paradise retreat, and LUX* wouldn’t be LUX* without a few surprises. Expect classic screenings at cinema paradiso, local art classes, expert led workshops and the chance to hang your hopes on a magical tree of wishes.

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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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