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Visit Maldives partners with TripAdvisor to promote destination



Visit Maldives has commenced a campaign with TripAdvisor, world’s largest travel platform, under the concept “Escape to Maldives: Calm Awaits”.

The campaign will run from January to September, targeting the US, Europe and APAC region, which will connect Maldives with the largest travel community in the world.

Amid the pandemic, the borders of most European countries are currently closed, and the purpose of the campaign will align with keeping European tourists dreaming of Maldives and encouraging them to travel to the destination once restrictions are lifted.

This campaign aims to improve destination awareness with compelling content and curated itineraries, in order to influence potential travellers to visit the Maldives. It will also highlight and emphasise travel reassurance and safety standards set in Maldives throughout the campaign.

“We are very excited to be kicking off 2021 with Maldives tourism. The Escape to Maldives: Calm Awaits campaign is a content series in partnership with TripAdvisor that looks to inspire travellers to take their dream trip, sit back and enjoy the beauty of Maldives”, Sarah Mathews, Group Head of Destination Marketing APAC at TripAdvisor, said.

“Our site data and insights have shown that travellers are searching for destinations where they can unwind and relax. We’ve also seen that beach holidays with outdoor activities have remained a key choice for many travellers. With over 1000 islands across the Indian Ocean, we’ll be sharing ideas and guidance on how to find the calm we’ve all been looking for, that you can now find in Maldives.”

Visit Maldives started the year with new strategies and destination marketing goals with the ultimate aim of reaching pre-pandemic tourist arrival rates.

Several marketing activities are in the pipeline in the coming months, such as joint marketing activities with tour operators and airlines, familiarisation trips and participation in travel trade fairs to promote the destination.

By the end of 2020, Maldives celebrated the remarkable achievement of receiving 500,000 yearly tourists amid an ongoing pandemic.

Maldives Border Miles was also launched to enable tourists to earn points by travelling to the Maldives from January.

Members of the programme will earn points based on the duration of stay, celebrations of special occasions, visits on local occasions of Maldives, frequency of visits, and other aspects.

This is the first of its kind loyalty programme in the world and will further aid in the marketing efforts of the destination, as well as increase tourist arrivals.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel platform helps hundreds of millions of travellers each month make every trip their best trip.

Travellers across the globe use the TripAdvisor site and app to browse more than 878 million reviews and opinions of 8.8 million accommodations, restaurants, experiences, airlines and cruises.

Whether planning or on a trip, travellers turn to TripAdvisor to compare low prices on hotels, flights and cruises, book popular tours and attractions, as well as reserve tables at great restaurants.

TripAdvisor, the ultimate travel companion, is available in 49 markets and 28 languages.


Villa Resorts hosts over 200 travel agents from India to showcase its transformation



Villa Resorts, a leading Maldivian resort group, recently hosted a series of events for over 200 travel agents from India.

The events were held to highlight the company’s recent rebranding and to familiarise travel agents with the significant changes made as part of its strategic Blue Ocean Shift.

Villa Resorts has a significant market presence in India, and the events were part of the company’s ongoing efforts to work closely with its partners to showcase its transformation and enhancements in its products and services.

The familiarisation events drew over 200 participants, making it one of the largest series of events for travel agents ever hosted by a Maldivian resort group.

Villa Resorts plans to continue hosting similar events throughout the coming year to promote its growing portfolio of resorts to the Indian market.

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‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion: Four draws, countless winners, more to go



The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion, which launched with great fanfare on June 23, continues to captivate audiences across the nation with its promise of incredible prizes and adrenaline-pumping excitement. As Coca-Cola moves forward, the company has announced not one, but four draws that have rewarded lucky winners with exciting prizes!

The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion has been a huge success, with dozens of lucky winners taking home amazing prizes, such as Benelli motorbikes, helmets, and Charged drink cases. The promotion, which started on June 23, has been attracting customers from all over the Maldives, who have been enjoying the refreshing taste of Charged caffeinated beverage and the thrill of scratching their cards to reveal their codes.

So far, four draws have taken place, each one broadcasted live on Television Maldives (TVM) at 9:30pm. The winners of the Benelli motorbikes were Mohamed Adam, MD Musharraf, Mohamed Rasel Hossain and Ahmed Zahir who were ecstatic to receive their prizes and thanked Charged for making their dreams come true. The winners of the helmets and drink cases were also delighted with their rewards and encouraged others to join the promotion.

But don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, because there are still more chances to win! The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion is not over yet. That means you still have time to grab your favourite Charged drink, scratch your card, and send your code to 2626 via SMS.

As the exciting journey continues, there are two main draws left in this thrilling event, scheduled for September 24 and October 20. You could be the next lucky winner of a Benelli Leoncino 250 motorbike! But the excitement doesn’t stop there; be sure to keep an eye out for the daily draws, with winners announced regularly on the @ChargedMaldives Instagram page. You could stand a chance to win a Charged branded helmet, or a Charged drink case.

Charged, a ground-breaking addition to Coca-Cola Maldives’ beverage portfolio, is available in 250 ml, in 100% recyclable aluminium cans, in line with our packaging strategy to use 100% recyclable packaging material. The caffeinated beverage is now widely available at major retail outlets, hotels, restaurants, and cafes throughout the Maldives.

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JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La unveils Oro’s 100% Arabica Rose Coffee



JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La has introduced a special coffee to their collection – Oro’s 100% Arabica Rose Coffee. This latest addition to the menu of Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go aims to provide coffee lovers with the unique and delicate taste of Oro’s Arabica Rose.

The hotel was alive with excitement on Thursday evening with the launch of Oro’s 100% Arabica rose. Media personnel and coffee enthusiasts were treated to an exclusive tasting experience of freshly brewed Arabica Rose Coffee along with some tasty finger foods.

The highlight of the evening was a lucky draw giveaway, extending an invitation for all the guests to participate and win a Skechers Maldives voucher and coffee voucher from Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go.

Oro’s Arabica Rose Coffee is now available at Jen’s Kitchen on-the-go. It is the perfect spot to refuel with coffee, tea, freshly squeezed juices, or a light bite. Customers can now enroll to become a Shangri-La Circle Member and earn points with every purchase at Jen’s Kitchen On- the-Go and enjoy the rewards at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

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