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Corporate Maldives Business Expo 2019 opens with increased business opportunities



The first edition of Corporate Maldives Business Expo kicked off on Sunday.

The Business Expo, held at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, was inaugurated by Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Mohamed Maleeh Jamal during a small ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Focused on targeted learning, networking, building valuable new business relationships and finding partners that will help business owners to take their business to the next level, the Business Expo is a two-day event. Over 100 exhibitors have participated in the expo, whilst 1,200 visitors are expected to visit the event.

Two days of pure networking

Corporate Maldives Business Expo is attended by the entire business community. Over 150 business from different sectors will be there to network and create new business opportunities. The expo will also introduce business profiles and new products and services to other businesses and consumers.

Features Gold 100 companies

“GOLD 100” is a list of leading 100 business entities in the Maldives, published by Corporate Maldives at the beginning of every year, in recognition of their exemplary work and success.

The list is not a ranking of businesses, and as such is published in alphabetical order. The companies are some of the most elite businesses in the Maldives and getting in touch with them is something you can do at the Business Expo, to learn more about their success story and business portfolios.

Identifying challenges faced by entrepreneurs

The expo plays host to four different summits. Leading professionals and aspiring figures will be present as panelists and will share their business success stories at the summit.

The summit will also explore, ideate, collaborate and generate new approaches that respond to the ever-changing needs, challenges and aspirations of the young entrepreneurs in the Maldives.

Maldives Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit

This is a unique conference for young entrepreneurs within the country to network and share their knowledge in business and economics, as well as the importance of entrepreneurship and presenting ideas to advance it.

The summit took place on Sunday, from 2-5pm at Dharubaaruge.

Maldives Tech Summit

Maldives is a tech-savvy community where almost everyone has a smartphone. However, the adoption of the latest tech innovations in the Maldives is slow. The summit intends to identify and address the problems related to developing, introducing and adopting the latest tech innovations in businesses for a digital transformation in the Maldives.

The summit took place on Sunday, from 8-10pm at Dharubaaruge.

Maldives Women Entrepreneurs’ Summit

Under the theme, “Equality begins with Economic Empowerment”, this new exciting platform intends to empower women, women-led organisations and SMEs by bringing together proficient women entrepreneurs and providing them with a zone to interact, network and share their thoughts.

The summit will take place on Monday, from 2-5pm at Dharubaaruge.

Maldives Finance Professionals Summit

Maldives Finance Professionals Summit is a professional development event for professionals working in the finance sector, designed to discuss local and global issues relevant to the sector. The summit targets professionals from across the financial sector, including banking, Islamic finance, insurance, leasing and valuation.

The summit will take place on Monday, from 8-10pm at Dharubaaruge.


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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