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Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd. named Wellness Partner for Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2023

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Hotelier Maldives, the leading tourism and hospitality publication in Maldives, today announced the signing of Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd., a vibrant and rapidly expanding wellness company in Indian Ocean, as the official Wellness Partner for the Hotelier Maldives General Managers (GM) Forum 2023, set to take place on October 19 at Bandos Maldives.

The GM Forum, since its inauguration in 2016, has been a dedicated platform for over 100 general managers and hoteliers to gather, discuss industry-related problems, exchange ideas, and propose solutions. Now in its seventh edition, the theme for this year’s forum is “Innovation and Technology for Sustainability”. This theme reflects the rise in new technologies, the fast-paced changes in the world, and the increasing number of eco-conscious travellers. It also aligns with the ‘Tourism for Good’ concept, emphasising the role of the hospitality industry in promoting sustainable practices.

Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd. is deeply committed to sustainable operations and aligns perfectly with the theme of this year’s forum. Sustainability is at the core of their business philosophy, and they have taken significant strides to implement eco-friendly practices throughout their operations. From using locally sourced, organic ingredients in their wellness treatments to implementing energy-efficient measures in their spa facilities, Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd. strives to reduce its environmental footprint and promote responsible tourism.

“As sustainability is the core philosophy of our company, we are delighted to be chosen as the Wellness Partner for the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2023. We firmly believe that promoting sustainability not only benefits the environment but also enhances the well-being of individuals and communities,” Heidi Grimwood, Vice President of Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd., said. “This year’s GM Forum theme on sustainability aligns perfectly with our commitment to offering world-class wellness experiences in harmony with nature. The Maldives, known for its breath-taking beauty and serene surroundings, provides us with an ideal backdrop to showcase our bespoke wellness offerings. Our team is dedicated to showcasing these bespoke wellness experiences to all attendees.”

As the Wellness Partner, Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd. will showcase a range of wellness experiences and activities, designed to enhance relaxation, rejuvenation, and overall well-being. These world-class spa and wellness offerings will also incorporate sustainable elements, promoting mindfulness and encouraging participants to connect with nature while fostering an appreciation for the Maldives’ stunning environment.

Ali Naafiz, Editor of Hotelier Maldives, added, “We are delighted to have Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd. as the Wellness Partner for this year’s edition of the GM Forum. Their dedication to sustainable operations and wellness offerings aligns with our vision of promoting sustainable practices within the hospitality sector. We believe that their participation will add tremendous value to our attendees and further enhance this year’s theme.”

Since its inauguration in 2016, the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum has become one of the leading hospitality events in the Maldives. It is the only event in the country dedicated to hotel and resort general managers. The annual forum provides a platform for over 100 general managers and hoteliers to gather, discuss industry-related problems, exchange ideas, and propose solutions.

For more information, please visit www.hoteliermaldives.com/gmforum. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact sales@hoteliermaldives.com.

Atmosphere Wellness Pvt. Ltd. runs ELE|NA, an award-winning global spa and wellness brand. ELE|NA is an acronym for Elements of Nature, which refers to the five elemental forces of nature – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, helps in healing as these energies flow all around and within every individual.

Offering bespoke wellness journeys under the “Wellness Your Way” programme, itineraries are designed specifically for the guests’ individual needs, highlighting holistic treatments, alternative health therapies, and gourmet plant-based cuisine throughout the all-inclusive vacation.

At ELE|NA, guests embark on a holistic journey of wellness, healing, and relaxation, feeling rejuvenated and refreshed as a result of life-changing experiences, where local healing traditions are combined with international beauty and spa treatments to provide a one-of-a-kind experience.

For more information, please visit www.ele-na.com or connect with us on salesandmarketing@ele-na.com.

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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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