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Maldives Boating Awards 2018 winners announced



Winners of Maldives Boating Awards 2018 have been revealed.

At a gala held at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male Sunday evening, winners were announced in 27 categories. They include:

  • Liveaboard Operator of the Year: Voyages Maldives
  • Liveaboard Brand of the Year: Carpe Diem Maldives
  • Bunkering and Fuel Supplier of the Year: The Hawks Pvt Ltd
  • Best Liveabaord Yacht Built: Leo Safari
  • Best Surf Safari: Horizon 2
  • Most Preferred Marine Equipment Supplier of the Year: Deep Blue Marine
  • Most Preferred Marine Paint of the Year: International Marine Paint, Seagull Marine
  • Most Preferred Marine Engine of the Year (Outboard): Yamaha, Alia Investments
  • Most Preferred Marine Engine of the Year (Main Engine): Yanmar, MTCC
  • Most Preferred Marine Generator of the Year: Soul Diesel
  • Best Dive Safari: Sachika
  • Best Fishing Safari: Dolphin 1, Blue K Safari Maldives
  • Best Crew Team: Marselia Star
  • Captain of the Year: Mohamed Naseer, Horizon 3
  • Dive Guide of the Year: Fathuhulla Mohamed, Dune Maldives
  • Surf Guide of the Year: Ahmed Mauroof, The Perfect Travel Group
  • Best Boat Design: Scubaspa Ying
  • Best Production (Fibreglass, 5-26ft): Conquero, Guarantee Fibreglass Fabrication
  • Best Production (Fibreglass, 27-40ft): AS Coast Craft, Al Shaali Marine Maldives
  • Best Production (Fibreglass, 26-40m): Dive Craft Cruiser 53, Mac Board Yard
  • Marine Engineering Service Provider of the Year: VAM Co.
  • Dockyard/Slipway of the Year: Al Shaali Marine Maldives
  • Best Liveaboard Yacht Builder: Waterline Maldives
  • Liveaboard Travel Agent/Tour Operator of the Year: Maldives Holiday Collections
  • Most Preferred Insurance Provider of the Year: Allied Insurance
  • Special Award for Contributions to the Marine Industry: Maldives Marine Expo
  • Boating Personality of the Year: Ismail Hameed

The gala was officiated by economic minister Fayyaz Ismail. Several other ministers and top government officials as well as industry leaders also attended the ceremony.

An initiative of Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM), Maldives Boating Awards recognise the strength of the boating industry and the services rendered by the service providers. The annual awards are presented in 27 categories across various sectors and standards.

Now in its fourth year, the awards aim to encourage and raise service standards within the Maldivian boating industry.

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Maldives celebrates arrival of 2024’s 1 millionth tourist



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



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



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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