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Summer Island Maldives, Equator Village win top prizes at SATA 2019

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Summer Island Maldives and Equator Village have been awarded top prizes at the annual South Asian Travel Awards (SATA).

At the SATA 2019 Gala that took place in Galle, Sri Lanka last weekend, Summer Island beat off competition from hotels and resorts across the region to win the category of “South Asia’s Leading Beach Resort”. Summer Island also won “Leading Beach Resort in Maldives.”

Equator Village, located in Gan, Addu atoll, won “Best Airport Hotel in the Maldives”.

Mohamed Waheed, Resort Manager of Equator Village, accepts “Best Airport Hotel in the Maldives” award at SATA 2019.

At the 2017 and 2018 SATA awards, Summer Island Maldives also won “South Asia’s Leading Beach Resort” and “Maldives’ Leading Beach Resort” awards.

“Winning this award for the third consecutive year is a recognition of the hard work of the Summer team,” Mari Shareef, Resort Manager of Summer Island, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

A 4-star resort located in north Male’ atoll, Summer Island Maldives is one of the Maldives’ first resorts, and remains locally owned. A recent refurbishment has created fresh and zesty rooms, award-winning restaurants, a rustic beach bar, and a world-class, overwater spa.

Summer Island made headlines last year by installing the world’s largest 3-D printed reef, in a bid to help corals adapt to a warming climate. The project is part of the resort’s environmental initiatives, which have also seen recent bans on plastic bottles, bags and drinking straws, and a shift to solar power.

Summer Island Maldives.

Equator Village resort is just a 5-minute drive from Gan International Airport. The resort has 78 spacious rooms set amongst pretty, manicured gardens, and a large swimming pool with stunning views over the Indian Ocean. The resort, housed in colonial-era bungalows that were once the RAF Sergeants’ Mess, has recently been refurbished, giving the property a fresh new look while retaining its colonial charm.

“I am honoured to receive this award on behalf of the Equator Village team. This award will drive more exposure to Equator Village and Addu, which has so much to offer to travellers,” Mohamed Waheed, Resort Manager of Equator Village, said.

Equator Village.

Since launching in 2016, SATA has established a reputation as South Asia’s most prestigious travel awards. The awards have been endorsed by tourism organisations from across the region, including the Sri Lankan Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Indian Confederation of Associated Tour Operators, the Nepal Tourism Board, and the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO).

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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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