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Visit Maldives launches major global media campaign



Visit Maldives has launched a major global media campaign, utilising both local and international media channels in mainstream and travel trade print to promote the destination in 10 key markets simultaneously.

This is one of the most prominent campaigns hosted by Visit Maldives under the slogan, “Rediscover Maldives…the sunny side of life.”

“The ultimate aim of this one month campaign, which will take place during November and December, is to promote Maldives as one of the most preferred tourist destinations to a greater audience across various global platforms, while making top headlines across these markets,” a statement issued by Visit Maldives read.

“These markets are India, UK, Russia, Middle East, France, German speaking markets, Turkey, Singapore, South Africa, Italy, Hong Kong & APAC.”

Key points highlighting the safety and unique selling points of the destination will be featured across several mediums including ads and advertorials placed on leading global publications.

Alongside digital media publications, the decision to utilise print media was made as it remains a vital source in reaching travel trade across various markets.

All tourism products in Maldives will also be highlighted to inform tourists on the unique experiences offered. This illustrates the importance of both the luxury and local tourism segments in the country.

An online brochure which includes essential information for tourists before their travel to the Maldives, will be circulated.

The brochure comprises several other vital components such as an introduction on Maldives Border Miles loyalty programme, the Allied Inbound Covid-19 travel insurance, and data on flight connectivity from various parts of the world.

It will also touch upon the international safety recognitions Maldives has received; the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Airport Health Accreditation by the Airport Council International (ACI).

After almost four months of border closure, the Maldives reopened its borders to international tourists on July 15.

Safety remains the utmost priority and an impressive 94 per cent resorts have resumed operations already, along with several liveaboards and guesthouses — all in compliance with comprehensive Covid-19 tourism guidelines.

While there was a complete re-strategising of marketing activities and a shift to online platforms during the crisis, Visit Maldives continued its marketing efforts to keep the Maldives on top of the mind of travellers and continues to adapt the crisis recovery plan to the evolving situation.

The main marketing message communicated is that the Maldives is a safe haven for visitors and one of the safest places to visit during this time, due to the health and safety measures that are in place and the safety offered by the unique geography of the destination.

Some of the crisis recovery activities carried out include participation at fairs (digital as well as physical representation) along with industry partners, digital and social media campaigns such as the Visit Maldives Later campaign, The Sun Will Shine Again Facebook live event, the Rediscover Maldives campaign during the initial phase of the pandemic.

Global campaigns are also underway with CNN, Tripadvisor and Skyscanner.

Localised campaigns include promotions on We-Chat and Weibo, as well as an online roadshow series in China, VK Campaign in Russia, and joint campaigns with travel agents and tour operators.

“We are also working with global brands such as Singapore Airlines, CNN, Vogue Arabia, etc,” the statement read.

Next year, Visit Maldives will lead the national efforts in uniting all tourism stakeholders to try and achieve pre-Covid arrival numbers.

According to the latest figures, over 50,000 tourists have arrived since the reopening of borders. With the gradual increase in tourist arrivals, it is anticipated that the number of arrivals will grow from strength to strength over the next few months.


Pulse Hotels & Resorts unveils new residential project: The Coral Residences, Kandima



Pulse Hotels & Resorts, one of the leading innovators in Maldives tourism, has introduced The Coral Residences, Kandima. Nestled on the northern end of the lush and green three-kilometre-long Kandima Integrated Island Resort in Dhaalu Atoll, this residential development is a first of its kind and promises to redefine luxury living in the Maldives.

Designed and crafted with meticulous attention to detail, The Coral Residences, Kandima, is a unique, integrated beachfront residential community with exceptional 5-star service, situated in the shimmering blue heart of the Maldives.

The Coral Residences comprises of 40 exquisitely designed two bedroom and three bedroom apartments. All apartments feature contemporary design and chic interiors, high-end finishes, state-of-the-art appliances, and unobstructed panoramic sea views across the Indian Ocean. Residence owners will enjoy exclusive access to a host of premium facilities, including a private beachfront pool, a gourmet restaurant and bar, dedicated fitness and recreation facilities and a 24-hour concierge service.

Buyers of The Coral Residences will be able to own their apartments under the new strata title ownership program. Owners’ apartments will be part a rental program, managed by Pulse Hotels & Resorts. Residents will have the access to the full range Kandima’s 5-star resort services, including its restaurants and bars, spa, recreation, and other amenities to complement their lifestyle. With its emphasis on comfort, convenience, and community, this development offers a truly elevated living experience.

“We are thrilled to introduce The Coral Residences, Kandima, to discerning local and international buyers,” said Sanjay Maniku, Managing Director of Pulse Hotels & Resorts. “With its unparalleled design and amenities, homeowners can take advantage of a limitless world of activities and experiences on offer at Kandima. We believe this development will set a new standard for luxury living in the Maldives, as well as bringing a new definition to the Maldives family vacation.”

The Coral Residences is realised by Pulse Hotels & Resorts, the creators behind The Nautilus Maldives, Kandima Maldives, and Nova Maldives. Known for their innovative hospitality concepts, Pulse Hotels & Resorts ensures that each property offers exceptional experiences and world-class service. The development has commenced and is expected to complete within Q3, 2025.

For more information, high-resolution images, and to schedule a private viewing, please contact Aishath Ihuma, Director of Business Development at +960 7788986 or

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Weixin Pay supported to boost Chinese tourists to Maldives



On May 27, Zihuny Rasheed, Deputy Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC/Visit Maldives), and Etienne Ng, Weixin Pay’s Country Manager, Singapore and Regional Director, Southeast Asia, WeChat Pay, signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during ITB China 2024, pledging to support more Maldivian merchants to accept WeixinPay to provide Chinese tourists with a convenient payment experience. Visit Maldives is the Official Destination Partner for this year’s edition of ITB China.

“China is a key source of tourists for the Maldives, and we greatly value the experience of Chinese visitors,” said DMD Zihuny Rasheed. “We plan on promoting the acceptance of Weixin Pay throughout the country, offering Chinese tourists the payment option they are familiar with and prefer. I have used Weixin Pay during my visit to China via linking an international card, and I can attest to the convenience of the mobile payment option.”

Ibrahim Faisal, Minister of Tourism of the Maldives, expressed his support, “Excited that we’re introducing Weixin Pay for Chinese visitors, which is another step in establishing Maldives as their top destination. Now, it’s easier than ever for Chinese travellers to enjoy their stay, hassle-free. We look forward to further enhancing their experience,” he wrote.

According to Etienne Ng, Weixin Pay is currently being piloted at the country’s airport duty-free store, as well as in popular restaurants like Sala Thai and City Garden. Additionally, a range of hotels and resorts are participating including, JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La, Adaaran Select HudhuranFushi, Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, Velaa Private Island, Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island, Dhawa Ihuru Maldives, Ayada Maldives, Marriott Bonvoy, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and Angsana Velavaru in Maldives with strong support from the Bank of Maldives and local merchants. Making smooth progress, the initiative is expected to have 8,000 merchants nationwide that integrate the payment option.

“Weixin Pay is committed to providing users with safe and convenient payment services. Since the visa exemption policy was implemented, more and more Weixin Pay users have chosen to travel to the island country. Through our cooperation with Visit Maldives, we aim to provide Chinese users with the same convenient experience in the travel as they experience at home,” he said.

In February 2023, an Agreement on Mutual Exemption of Visa Requirements signed between the Maldives and China took effect as China expands its visa-free policy to benefit more countries. Consequently, the Maldives has consistently ranked among the top overseas destinations for Chinese tourists during popular travel periods such as the May Day and National Day holidays.

According to data from Visit Maldives, the country welcomed over 1.8 million tourists in 2023, a new national record. The Chinese market has been a key source market for the Maldives. As of 11th May 2024, it is the number one source market with 91,073 tourist arrivals.

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Indian influencer Niki Mehra in Maldives



Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/ Visit Maldives) hosted a familiarisation trip with Amilla Maldives for high-end influencer, Niki Mehra, from India to experience the luxury and romantic offerings of the Maldives from 3rd – 6th May 2024.

The familiarisation trip was a great opportunity to Niki Mehra, a renowned Indian model, fashion, beauty and travel content creator and social media influencer with over half a million followers who has carved a niche in the Indian fashion industry with her unique sense of style. During her time in the Sunny Side of Life, Niki Mehra showcased luxury to romantic experiences of the destination.

The trip promoted Maldives through social media platforms of Niki Mehra while highlighting experiential itinerary offerings of the Maldives. Additionally, the influencer trip assisted MMPRC in propelling growth in the luxury travel segment and honeymoon market by showcasing the Maldives as a premier honeymoon destination for the Indian travellers.

The Indian market has been a strong market for the Maldives over the years, currently ranked number 6 with 46,970 tourists as of 13th May 2024. Additionally, MMPRC showcased the Maldives in OTM and SATTE held earlier this year. MMPRC is committed to boosting the arrivals from the market and has exciting marketing activities planned for future, including joint campaigns, familiarisation trips, participation in major events and other campaigns which provides numerous opportunities to showcase the breathtaking Maldives to the market, attracting more Indian travellers.

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