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Visit Maldives concludes live event with Singapore Airlines targeting South Korean market



Visit Maldives successfully concludes a destination marketing LIVE event with Singapore Airlines on Naver Live Shopping – South Korea’s one of the largest E-Commerce Websites. The event was held on 17th November 2021.

Singapore Airlines is well-known as a global leading premium airline, an innovative market leader with excellent service. SIA Group encompasses 3 airlines (Scoot, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines) and operates flights to and from 130 destinations in 36 countries.

Singapore Airlines is also one of the world’s most awarded airlines. The airline was selected as the World Best Airline from Skytrax in 2018, Best Airline in the World from TripAdvisor in 2019, and recently in 2021, Singapore Airlines ranked 34th among the top 50 companies from Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies.

Under this campaign images & videos of Maldives were promoted before and during the live broadcasting. The audience were also informed of the flight schedules between Maldives and South Korea via Singapore Airlines to further encourage live sales of flight tickets.

The purpose of this event was to create brand and connectivity awareness among South Korean travellers, to build optimism, and keep the Maldives a top-of-mind destination for the upcoming holiday season. The resorts that were promoted during the Live include Taj Exotica Resort and Spa and Crossroads Maldives SAii Lagoon.

The activities of this campaign included social media posts and videos on Naver Marketing Channels and the display of participating properties on the landing page of Naver Travel, a dedicated website for honeymooners and couples.

This campaign is held in line with Visit Maldives’ marketing strategy for the South Korean Market, aiming to promote the destination as a safe haven for South Korean tourists. The campaign also provided a great opportunity to build a strategic business partnership with Singapore Air to capture the pent-up honeymoon demand in the 4th quarter of 2021 after achieving 70% of vaccinations in Korea.

This was a necessary step to revitalise the direct travel market from Korea to the Maldives by joining hands with one of the leading global Airlines, which will most likely affect other airlines to consider resuming flight to MLE in alignment with recovering demand, and to maximise the market size to create a boom for the Maldives.

So far this year we have held several activities targeting this market, including social media campaigns and physical fairs with honeymoon agencies, print and online adverts on travel magazines, out of home campaigns portraying the Maldives in different areas, and virtual webinars targeting South Korea travel trade.

Upcoming activities for the Korean market by Visit Maldives include social media campaigns with online travel agencies.


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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