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35% increase in international bookings from the UAE in July and August 2024 : dnata Travel

dnata Travel reported a 35% increase in bookings for international travel across July and August 2024, compared to the same timings last year. As one of the busiest weekends forecasted for travel fast approaches, the travel agency is supporting thousands of travellers with pre-booked itineraries and last-minute requests across its multiple channels, including 14 retail outlets across the country. For July and August, dnata Travel’s most popular destinations for international travel from the UAE are Thailand, Maldives, Mauritius, Turkey, and the UK, respectively. Compared to trends released earlier this summer, Mauritius has emerged to enter the ‘top three’ most-booked holiday destinations. Across summer 2024, the island country is one of the fastest-growing holiday locations for dnata’s travellers, alongside Germany and Malaysia. International trips are on the agenda for this popular time for summer travel, dominating a 90% majority of overall bookings this year, compared to 10% for UAE staycations. In comparison, the split was reported by dnata Travel experts as 65% international and 35% staycations over the Eid al-Adha break for 2024, with demand for outbound travel witnessing a significant increase. Meerah Ketait, Head of Retail and Leisure UAE at dnata Travel, commented: “International travel is in high demand this summer, with destinations including Mauritius, Malaysia, and Germany witnessing some of the strongest growth we’ve seen this year. Mauritius and Malaysia offer the chance to stay on world-class beaches and in exceptional resorts at affordable prices. Kuala Lumpur is also a popular destination in Asia for a city break for its impressive skyline, and opportunities for shopping and dining. Meanwhile, Germany’s vibrant cities are popular this month, as travellers seek to soak up the action of the UEFA European Football …

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Siyam World unveils the first go-kart track in the Maldives

Siyam World Maldives announced the grand opening of the 205m² Speed Racers Circuit – the first-ever go-kart track in the Maldives, adding an electrifying twist and high-octane experience to the ultimate island getaway. Siyam World, known for breaking the mold of traditional Maldivian holidays, is paving new ground with the launch of a state-of-the-art go-kart track, the Speed Racers Circuit, that comes fully equipped with 18 sleek electric go-karts and a rugged off-road course. Spanning 205m² of heart-pounding twists and turns, the track is designed to ignite your inner racer and unleash the adrenaline junkie within. But that’s not all, with speeds of up to 35km/h, racers feel the rush of the wind in their hair as they zoom around the exhilarating course. And when the race is over, the party’s just getting started! There is a fully stocked bar, the perfect pit stop to refuel and celebrate a victory with friends and fellow racers. After all, every great race deserves an epic after-party! “Siyam World is all about redefining what it means to holiday in the Maldives,” said Sara Siyam, Director of Marketing. “We’re not just offering relaxation and the traditional means of a Maldivian holiday, we are committed to delivering unforgettable adventures. Our new go-kart track is just the beginning of a series of exciting, fun-filled activities that set Siyam World apart from the rest.” Siyam World has tailored four adrenaline-pumping go-kart racing packages to suit every level from 12 years and up: Quick Sprint Package • Get your adrenaline fix with 3 lightning-fast laps for just $25 per racer (up to 5 racers). • Perfect for those who want a quick burst of excitement and friendly competition! The Triple …

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Visit Maldives showcases luxury tourism at Riyadh Travel Fair 2024

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/ Visit Maldives) participated in the Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2024, organised from 27-29 May 2024. Alongside 17 participants representing 9 companies, MMPRC showcased Maldives as a luxury destination in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). MMPRC’s contribution in the fair was to strengthen the presence of Sunny Side of Life in the KSA market, achieve growth in arrivals, promote segments of tourism, and target affluent travellers in the Middle Eastern luxury segment. Riyadh Travel Fair 2024, convened in the Saudi Capital of Riyadh, is considered as a significant annual event where the leading travel and tourism companies of Saudi Arabia, GCC and other countries gather, with exhibitors representing tourist promotion authorities and tourist companies at the Arab and international levels. RTF is a market for the introduction of tourist products, services, and investments provided by the most significant tourist companies in the world. Corporate travel decision makers, investors, tour operators, travel agents representing VIP clients, and other industry professionals take part in the event every year. At RTF 2024, the Maldives stand offered visitors a glimpse of the Sunny Side of Life. The stand was thoughtfully curated to showcase the diverse segments of the Maldives’ tourism industry, including luxury travel, family holidays, adventure holidays, and cultural experiences. The vibrant and colourful stand featured a range of unique experiences, including a social media contest and a special giveaway. Cultural experiences, such as a Dhivehi Calligraphy Corner, and gastronomy experiences were offered to the visitors, who got a chance to sample Maldivian delicacies. Through the event, Visit Maldives aimed to promote and market the Maldives as the world’s leading destination. It marketed its tourism products, …

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Maldives President Dr Muizzu participates in the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4)

The Maldives’ President Dr Mohammed Muizzu is taking part in the The Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4). SIDS4 is scheduled to be held from 27 to 30 May 2024 in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. This year’s theme for the conference is “Charting the course toward resilient prosperity”, discussing the various development challenges faced by small island developing states. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) were recognised as a distinct group of developing countries facing specific social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit, held in June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In essence, they were formally recognised as a special case both for their environment and development. This was when the SIDS programme was established within the UN. Today, SIDS comprise a distinct group of 37 UN Member States and 20 Associate Members of the UN Regional Commissions spread across three geographical regions. His Excellency President Dr Mohammed Muizzu engages in the interactive dialogue under the theme “Revitalising SIDS Economies for Accelerated and Sustainable Growth” along with Anders Adlercreutz, Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering of Finland. Maldives’ Foreign Minister Zameer will deliver closing remarks at the Private Sector Roundtable on 28 May 2024 while Environment Minister Thoriq and Housing Minister Haidar will be delivering interventions at the interactive dialogues. Both the Environment and Housing Minister will also participate in a number of side events. The majority of SIDS member states depend on the tourism industry as their main economic backbone, employment opportunities, and foreign exchange. At the SIDS4 conference, significant discussions will be held focussing on strategies to alleviate …

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Maldives Wins prestigious 4 Categories at the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Category held during ATM 2024

Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) is proud to announce that the Maldives has been awarded 4 prestigious categories at the World Travel Awards (Indian Ocean category), at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024 held at Dubai World Trade Center. The categories that the Maldives has won for this year are: Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2024 Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2024 Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination 2024 Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2024 Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards are widely regarded as one of the most respected and popular awards in the world of travel and tourism. Symbolising the most outstanding endorsement in tourism, and the travel industry, the awards aim to recognize and reward achievements in all aspects of travel and tourism on a global scale. The event held earlier today at the World Travel Awards Winners Hub at ATM, honoured distinguished individuals from the Maldives. Mr. Ibrahim Faisal, Minister of Tourism, accepted the award for Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2024 while Ms. Ayesha Nurain Janah, Chairperson of the MMPRC Board, proudly received the award for Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2024. Additionally, Ms. Fathmath Thaufeeq, accepted the award for Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination 2024 on behalf of Maldives. The Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2024 award was received by Mr. Mohamed Khaleel, Advisor to the President on Tourism Development. The significance of these awards highlights the Maldives’ standing as an unparalleled tourist destination, showcases the country’s commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences to visitors from around the world, and reinforces the continued efforts of MMPRC in promoting and developing the nation’s tourism sector. MMPRC is thrilled to announce that since the introduction of the …

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Maldives Tourism sees 15.3% surge in Q1 2024

Tourist arrivals to the Maldives surged by 15.3% in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023, according to the Ministry of Tourism. Expressing gratitude at Arabian Travel Market, the tourism authority thanked the industry for their support. Encouraging visitors to embrace the experience and sustainable opportunities, they urged travel industry to connect, and create meaningful relationships while enjoying the Maldivian hospitality.

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MMPRC gears up to connect with the Middle Eastern travel trade at ATM 2024

The Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) invites you to connect with the Middle Eastern travel trade at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024, the leading global event for the inbound and outbound travel industry in the Middle East. Together with Visit Maldives, 250 partners representing 123 travel and tourism establishments are promoting the Maldives. The event is scheduled to be held from 06 -09 May 2024 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Maldives will be featured at a 517.5 sqm 4-side open double-decker stand, captivating visitors with a fully immersive experience. Breathtaking visuals showcasing the Maldives’ unique offerings will be on display, transporting the visitors to our island oasis. Adding to the ambiance, the stand will be further enhanced by a Maldivian sun feature that transforms throughout the day, reflecting the ever-changing colors of the Maldives’ magical atmosphere. ATM 2024 fosters industry collaboration and our stand will be a hub for engaging activities. The event provides a significant platform to engage in meetings with key travel trade representatives and explore destination presentations highlighting the Maldives’ unparalleled safety, luxury, and unique island formations. Additionally, media interviews will be conducted at the stand, and a captivating 360-video booth will whisk you away on a virtual Maldivian adventure. A cultural performance area will round out the experience, providing a taste of Maldivian traditions. The event also assists industry members in showcasing their products and experiences. Visit Maldives seeks to maintain a strong destination presence and collaboratively promote the Maldives as the Middle East’s leading travel haven. A separate ‘Maldives Media Press Event’ will also be held on the sidelines of ATM. The speakers for the event are Mr. Ibrahim Faisal, …

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Beond Airlines launches maiden commercial passenger flight from Dubai to Maldives

Beond will operate up to six flights per week from Dubai’s Al Maktoum  International Airport (DWC) to Maldives, providing discerning customers in Dubai with unparalleled comfort and exclusivity to one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Four flights per week are available for purchase between now and July, with an additional two flights per week beginning in July. “The launch of our Dubai to Malé service provides customers in the region with an unforgettable experience to the breathtaking Maldives, and with a wide selection of convenient flight options from which to choose. We have been very pleased with the receptivity to our new service so far, as we build Beond as the ultimate premium travel brand,” said Tero Taskila, CEO and Chairman of Beond. This premium leisure airline has redefined air travel, by delivering a private jet-like atmosphere. Each flight delivers a seamless journey from the journey’s start to finish, embodying the epitome of luxury flying. Beond’s state-of-the-art aircraft features modern cabin interiors and stylish seats designed to deliver the perfect travel experience and provide passengers with maximum comfort during their flight. Elegantly crafted lie-flat seats offer the perfect sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Beond’s inaugural flight from Dubai to Malé follows recent announcements including the receipt of a second aircraft, an Airbus A321 presently undergoing refurbishment, and that the airline would be the first in the world to offer select customers the Apple Vision Pro on board for a fully immersive inflight entertainment experience. In addition to the Dubai inaugural flight, service from Milan, Italy begins later in the year. The company aims to offer flights from across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific to the …

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Sun Siyam Resorts unveils unforgettable Eid Al Fitr Celebrations across five Maldivian properties  

Sun Siyam Resorts is thrilled to announce an extraordinary lineup of events and festivities to celebrate Eid Al Fitr across its five stunning properties in the Maldives from 09th -12th of April 2024. From captivating cultural performances to delightful culinary experiences, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the spirit of EID at Sun Siyam Resorts. Siyam World headlines the festivities and brings a whirlwind of entertainment and culinary delights to its shoreline to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holidays. Renowned Moroccan-Dutch sensation Hind Laroussi will serenade guests with her soulful melodies, accompanied by the electrifying beats of international percussionist and DJ Walter Scalzone for three unforgettable nights. Meanwhile, Chef Theodoros Katsoulotoswill tantalize taste buds with three exclusive dining experiences featuring Mediterranean and European cuisines amidst the stunning backdrop of Siyam World. Additionally, guests can partake in traditional Maldivian festivities including a Special Breakfast at Tempo Restaurant, Eid Kulhivaru beach games, and the authentic Bodumas event at Together beach. The highlight of the celebrations is the Eid Show, boasting cultural performances such as Maldivian dance, Sufi Dance, Belly dance, Boduberu, and featuring a renowned singer followed by a vibrant DJ session at Together, ensuring the festivities conclude on a high note. For younger guests, there’s a Children’s Art and Craft Workshop and a Photo Booth with Traditional Wear, offering fun-filled activities and memorable keepsakes. Sun Siyam Olhuveli: Enchanting Magic Shows by Illusionist Mohammed Mountassir Sun Siyam Olhuveli welcomes renowned illusionist Mohammed Mountassir to add an extra sprinkle of magic to the Eid Al Fitr festivities. Experience mind-bending illusions and captivating tricks as Mohammed takes center stage for two exclusive shows. Children and families are invited to an immersive Kids Interactive Hands-on Workshop …

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Mark the Joyous Occasion of Eid Al Fitr in Tranquil Paradise

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones by the azure waters and pristine beaches of the Maldives. As the spring blooms and joy fills the air, make every moment during this Eid truly special, infused with the spirit of celebration and tranquility. Private celebrations with the whole family Experience the essence of togetherness with exclusive family celebrations in private villas and overwater bungalows. Have a retreat and bask in the serenity of your own secluded haven where you can gather with loved ones to mark the end of Ramadan in style and comfort. Several luxury resorts provide the perfect Ramadan offers that are valid until Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. If you are planning to stay in the north of Male, Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives, just 20 minutes away from Velana International Airport, offers a Ramadan Escape for two that includes speedboat transfers, daily buffet breakfast and dinners, a massage treatment, and guided house reef snorkeling. In the southern part of Male, Baros Maldives’ Entrancing Eid offer provides book direct benefits that will surely enhance your stay. Get pampered and escape to Anantara Veli Maldives Resort for a few days of wellness with a friend or a loved one and enjoy daily breakfast and dinners, a signature massage, wellness assessment and consultation, a 45-minute jetlag reviver foot massage, oxygen therapy, a personal training session, and 3 group wellness activity per day. Sun, Sand, Sea and Adventure Surrender to the soothing rhythms of island living. Fall in love with the vibrant marine life that thrives beneath the surface. Expect crystal-clear waters that offer unparalleled visibility, ranging from 20 to 40 meters, providing an unobstructed view of the marine ecosystem.   …

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