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Europe, Leading the Inbound Tourism for 2012




Maldives Promotion House – Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has released the tourism statistics report for the first quarter of this year.

According to the report a total of 398,689 tourist arrivals were registered from January to May 2012.  This is an increase of 1.7 percent compared to the same period in 2011.  Europe is the market leader for Maldives with 62.9 percent market share.

Central and Eastern Europe recorded a growth of 11.3 percent, Western Europe registered 9.3 percent, East Mediterranean Europe recorded 10.3 percent, North East Asia 8.5 percent, South East Asia 11.5 percent, Oceania 20.8 percent, Americas 8.0 percent, and Middle East 65.0 percent.

However, Southern and Northern Europe, recorded a negative growth of -25.7 and -12.7 percent respectively mainly due to Economic crisis.

The total arrival from the Chinese market by the end of May 2012 is 73,339 which is a 12.6 percent growth. Tour operators also forecast a phenomenal growth in June and July.

About 46,236 arrivals were registered from Germany by the end of May 2012, which is a 19.3 percent positive growth compared to the same period in 2011. Total arrivals from UK by the end of May 2012 registered 39,999 which is a 14.7 percent decrease. By the end of May 2012 Italy recorded a total of 34,943 visitors to Maldives, which is also a decline of 27.1 percent.

By the end of May 2012, the Russian Market registered a total of 30,341 arrivals with a positive growth of 13.9 percent contributing to 7.6 percent to the market share. About 18,430 arrivals were registered from Switzerland by the end of May 2012.  This is a 19.1 percent growth compared to the same period in 2011.  About 9,480 arrivals were registered from Austria from January to May 2012.  This is an 8 percent growth compared to the same period in 2011.

The total arrivals from Japan by the end of May 2012 is 13,023, which is a 1.6 percent decline compared to the same period in 2011. The total arrival from South Korea market for the period of January to May is 8,296 which is a 1.8 percent decline.

By end of May 2012 Maldives recorded a total of 10,822 arrivals from India, which is an 8.4 percent decline compared to same period of 2011. India contributes 2.7 percent of the total market share of the Maldives tourism. From Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, 9,514 arrivals were registered between January to May 2012.  This is an 11.5 percent increase to the same period in 2011.  South East Asian market shares 2.4 percent of the total arrivals to the Maldives.

About 10,126 arrivals were registered from the USA from January to May 2012.  This is an 8 percent increase compared to the same period in 2011.

The first quarter of 2012 Maldives attracted a total of 7,179 arrivals from Middle East market which recorded an unparalleled growth of 65 percent compared to the same period last year.

The total arrival from South Africa market for the period of January to May is 1,382 is a 6.9 percent decrease.

By the end of May 2012 Maldives attracted 2,406 and 1168 from Spain and Portugal respectively. A decrease in outbound travel from Spain to Maldives has been observed by 14.9 percent compared to the same period in 2011. Portugal also registered a negative growth figure of 33.3 percent.

The total arrival from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden for the period January to April is 1,581 and 708 and 1,040, and 2,412 respectively. Denmark and Norway showed a positive growth where as there is a decline in Finland.

The total arrivals from Israel recorded 995 by the end of May 2012 which is a growth of 18.0 percent compared to same period last year. Turkey also recorded a positive growth of 17.4 percent accounting for 1,759 visitors to Maldives.


The Nautilus Maldives welcomes Christopher Terry as Executive Chef



The Nautilus Maldives has announced the appointment of Christopher Terry as their new Executive Chef. Chef Terry brings a wealth of experience and a global flair to the resort’s diverse dining experiences.

A native of Antigua and Barbuda, Chef Terry’s culinary skills encompass a wide range of cuisines, including Mediterranean, French, Caribbean, European, and Asian. This makes him a perfect fit for The Nautilus, which is known for its eclectic and unique dining options.

Throughout his 15-year career, Chef Terry has honed his craft at some of the world’s most prestigious luxury resorts, including Aman, Rosewood Resorts, and Sandals Resorts. His exceptional talent has been recognized with numerous awards, such as the Artisan Award at the Antigua & Barbuda National Youth Awards and Young Chef of the Year by the Antigua Hotel’s and Tourist Association.

Chef Terry believes in using the finest ingredients, with a focus on fresh, local produce. His culinary philosophy aligns perfectly with The Nautilus’s commitment to providing exceptional experiences and unforgettable taste journeys for its guests.

Under Chef Terry’s leadership, guests at The Nautilus can expect to explore the following:

  • Zeytoun: Offering a focus on the aromatic herbs and spices of the Mediterranean.
  • Ocaso: Blending Japanese cuisine with a modern Latin American twist.
  • Thyme: Featuring comforting international cuisine, with flavors ranging from Asian to Mediterranean.

Chef Terry’s creations promise to be a reflection of pure, high-quality ingredients, thoughtfully paired for a delicious dining experience.

Equipped with a degree in Culinary Arts and a Wines and Spirits certification, Chef Terry brings a spirit of curiosity and a passion for culinary innovation to The Nautilus. Inspired by the Maldives’s rich natural bounty and pristine ingredients, he aims to elevate The Nautilus’s menus with his signature Caribbean-infused creations.

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Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort appoints Thaaif Ahmed appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing



 Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort, part of Minor Hotels, has announced the appointment of Thaaif Ahmed as the Director of Sales & Marketing, effective 1 May 2024. 

Thaaif brings nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, with a significant portfolio  of roles within Minor Hotels. His career includes serving as the Director of Sales at NH Collection  Maldives, where he played a pivotal role in driving revenue growth and fostering strategic  partnerships. 

Throughout his tenure, Thaaif has demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities and a profound  understanding of the industry landscape. His strategic prowess and collaborative approach have  consistently delivered outstanding results, making him a respected figure within the organisation. 

In his previous capacity as Cluster Director of Sales, overseeing Anantara Dhigu Resort Maldives,  Anantara Veli Resort Maldives, and Naladhu Private Island, Thaaif contributed to the success and  growth of the brand.  

As he assumes the role of Director of Sales & Marketing at Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort, Thaaif is  poised to leverage his wealth of experience and expertise to drive brand positioning, enhance  revenue streams, and elevate the overall guest experience. His appointment underscores the  resort’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the hospitality sector. 

Please join Stuart De San Nicolas, Cluster General Manager of Anantara Kihavah, Avani+ Fares and  NH Collection Havodda plus Riaan Drever, General Manager of Fares in congratulating Thaaif on his  well-deserved promotion. We also express our gratitude to Paul Counihan, for his support during our  pre-opening and opening stages. Paul will transition to focus on Anantara Kihavah, our sister  property in Baa Atoll, while Thaaif assumes leadership at Avani+ Fares Maldives. 

Set on the natural tropical island of Fares and surrounded by the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve’s deep  blue hues, the resort offers an abundance of aquatic adventures as well as pristine sandy beaches  for pure relaxation. With 176 stylish villas, pavilions, and studios, Avani+ Fares welcomes couples  and honeymooners, as well as families and groups, with a focus on multi-room accommodation. 

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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives appoints Warren Moore as Executive Chef



Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives has announced the appointment of Warren Moore as the resort’s new Executive Chef. 

Chef Warren Moore hailing from South Africa, brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise,  having earned his Culinary Degree at City and Guilds Culinary Institute. With over 25 years of  distinguished service in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry, Chef Warren is poised to elevate the  culinary offerings at Seaside Finolhu to new heights. 

In his previous role, Chef Warren served as Executive Chef at Jawakara Maldives, where he showcased  his culinary prowess and leadership skills. Prior to that, he spent seven years honing his craft within  various properties of the esteemed Crown and Champa Resorts Group. His culinary journey has taken  him across continents, including stints in South Africa, Mozambique, London, and the United States. 

As the Executive Chef at Seaside Finolhu, Chef Warren will oversee all culinary operations, ensuring  the highest standards of hygiene and food quality are maintained. His responsibilities include  supervising daily kitchen operations, managing food production, and leading kitchen staff with a focus  on excellence and innovation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Warren Moore to our team at Seaside Finolhu,” said Steven Phillips  General Manager of Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives. “His extensive experience and passion for  culinary excellence will undoubtedly enhance the dining experience for our guests and further solidify  our reputation as a gastronomic heaven in the Maldives.” 

With Chef Warren Moore at the helm, Seaside Finolhu looks forward to delivering unforgettable  culinary experiences that celebrate the rich flavours of the Maldives and beyond. 

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