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Shanghai reports scattered infections, which points to continued risk in the city

Beijing announced it would lift a series of COVID-19 restrictions starting on Monday based on improvements in the epidemic situation, bringing the lives of people back closer to normalcy.

Xu Hejian, spokesman for the city government, said at a news conference on Sunday that except in Fengtai district and some places in Changping district, where the strict measures would continue, all city restaurants can resume dine-in services on Monday.

Wang Yuanlong, a 32-year-old resident in Chaoyang district, was excited about the news, saying: “It will bring back lots of happiness. Even though we could order takeout food during the past weeks, it’s still quite different to have a decent meal with friends and family in a restaurant.”

“Plus, I haven’t taken my girlfriend out to dine for a long time because of the outbreak. I’m looking forward to having dates with her in our favorite restaurants soon.”

People can also go back to their workplaces starting on Monday after several weeks of working from home. All public transportation such as buses, subways and taxis will resume normal operations. They will require negative nucleic acid test results taken within 72 hours-24 hours longer than the previous requirement.

All delivery people can enter residential communities and villages as needed for work beginning on Monday. “For most people going to workplaces, doing the job means more income. I believe people are glad to hear this,” Wang said. During the outbreak, many districts asked residents to work from home to reduce the risk of infection.

In addition to seniors in high school who have already been back on campus since June 2, students in all other grades can go back to campus for classes starting on June 13.Children in kindergarten can return to campus starting on June 20.

People who live in Hebei province and commute to Beijing can resume their daily commute on Monday, with negative nucleic acid test results taken within 48 hours required for their first entry. Results taken within 72 hours are needed the next time they enter Beijing.

Beijing reported five new locally transmitted cases as of 3 pm on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,822 since April 22, Liu Xiaofeng, deputy director of the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said on Sunday, adding that all the infections were reported in quarantined locations.

Shanghai reported two locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and an asymptomatic infection, the city government said late Sunday.

Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Health Commission, said that since the city resumed work and production on June 1, the flow of people has increased. Scattered infections in communities have been reported, which showed that there is still a risk of epidemic rebound, he said.

“We’ll stick to the dynamic zero-COVID policy and improve our early warning, prediction and prevention capabilities to minimize the impact of the epidemic on economic and social development,” he said.

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MMPRC takes part in Travel and Tourism Fair in India

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Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has taken part in the Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) and is gearing up to conduct a Maldives Roadshow in India. TTF is held from July 1-3 in Kolkata with 13 industry partners, and the Maldives Roadshow will take place in Bangalore, Chennai, and Trivandrum on July 5, 7, and 8 respectively.

The Maldives is being exhibited as the partner country for the exhibition. MMPRC, along with Riu Maldives and Sun Siyam Iruveli will be giving a special destination presentation to the visitor audience during the event, detailing the incredible holiday experiences available to visitors from the World’s Leading Destination 2020 and 2021.

TTF held in Kolkata is India’s leading exhibition for the travel and tourism industry. It provides an annual opportunity for organisations from India and abroad to showcase their products and services. As such, visitors can gather information and make national and international travel plans. TTF presents an unparalleled marketing opportunity for exhibitors to connect directly with the largest gathering of prospective travellers and members of the travel industry. The visitor profile for TTF includes tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hoteliers, and other travel and trade professionals and stakeholders.

After concluding TTF in Kolkata, MMPRC will hold a roadshow in three cities of India under the theme Connect with Maldives, Your Ultimate Destination Maldives Roadshow in India, together with potential operators and agents from India. The roadshow will be held on July 5 in Bangalore, July 7 in Chennai and July 8 in Trivandrum, alongside 16 industry partners. During the roadshow, MMPRC and industry partners will showcase a destination presentation highlighting the products, experiences, and latest travel guidelines on the Maldives. The presentation will be followed by a productive night of networking and building new business relations, and a special raffle will be conducted awarding a free holiday in the Maldives.

During these events, MMPRC said it aims to maintain the destination presence and promote the Maldives as the world’s leading destination in the Indian market alongside industry partners. Participation in the event also comes as part of the marketing strategy for the Indian market, which is based on conducting ambient campaigns to strengthen the brand in all major cities, identify channels to access the luxury market segment, promote affordable holiday options and focus on specific advertising for honeymooners and family holidays, combined with guest house stays.

India was the largest market in 2021 with over 278,740 travellers and a market share of 22.6%, and is the largest source market for the Maldives in 2022 as well, thus far. As of June 8, the Maldives has welcomed 104,800 tourists to the country from India, ranking as the top source market to the country and contributing 14.3% of the total market share for the period. MMPRC has planned several activities targeting the Indian market in the effort to maintain destination visibility. The efforts include ongoing joint-marketing campaigns with prominent partners such as Thomas Cook, Pickyourtrail, and Vistara Inflight Magazine, participation in major fairs such as South Asia’s Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) and Outbound Travel Mart (OTM), and hosting familiarisation trips.

 

Source: psmnews

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Kelapa Media influencers arrive in the Maldives

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Dani and Oscar, influencers representing Kelapa Media, have arrived in the Maldives for a familiarisation trip, upon invitation by Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). The duo will be in the Maldives for this trip from June 26 to July 6.

Kelapa Media is a film production company that creates commercial photography and videography for brands and encompasses an audience covering the US, Canada, UK, Italy, and UAE markets. Kelapa Media comprises of Dani and Oscar, an award-winning photographer, and videographer.

Through the trip, MMPRC said it aims to market the romantic side of Maldives, emphasising a variety of services catering to luxurious, adventurous experiences available for couples. The duo will stay in Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi, Grand Park Kodhipparu, and Reethi Beach Resort where they will experience spa and wellness, diving, snorkelling, gastronomy, and other unique services provided by these properties. The duo will create and share videos and photos, and promote the Maldives on their social media handles expected to reach a wide audience, especially honeymooners and couples.

The trip will help highlight the romantic side of life, the unique products, and the services awaiting couples in the Maldives. It will also help to promote the privacy, safety, and seclusion the destination offers, the geography of our scattered islands, the latest travel guidelines, and destination information.

The trip is organised as part of the marketing strategy to promote the various segments of tourism available in the destination for tourists from the US market, especially the experiences awaiting couples in the Maldives. The US currently stands as the 7th top source market to the Maldives from January till June 8 this year. During the period, the Maldives welcomed 732,884 visitors, with the US contributing 4.7% to the total market share with 34,609 visitors. MMPRC has been holding several activities, including joint campaigns with industry stakeholders, familiarisation trips, and participation in fairs and exhibitions targeting the market in order to maintain destination popularity, and visibility, in order to increase arrivals from the US.

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Joali Being Hosts Skills Workshop for local Kids with Football Legend Diego Simeon

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On the evening of 26th June 22, a hush descended on the football pitch at JOALI BEING…before erupting into an explosion of excited cheers and hurrahs. Football legend Diego Simeone had arrived, ready to kick off a memorable skills workshop with a group of young Maldivian players.

Simeone, who rose to fame as a midfielder for Atlético, Lazio and Inter Milan and won an Olympic medal playing for the Argentinian team, has been the manager of Spanish giant Atlético Madrid since 2011.

The footballer spent part of this summer at JOALI BEING, the first and only nature immersive wellbeing retreat in the Maldives, where he hosted football workshops for guests and a session with aspiring young local footballers.

Learning Meets Inspiration

On 26th June 22, a group of 14 young players from Meedhoo Island made their way to JOALI BEING for an adrenaline-pumping session with Simeone. Along with gaining valuable knowledge and practising pro techniques, the youngsters also had a chance to interact personally with the world-class player and coach – an experience that is sure to motivate them for years to come.

Launching a Collaborative Series

The collaboration with Simeone launched the Movement Skills Series at JOALI BEING. Over the coming months, the retreat will partner with renowned tennis players, fitness instructors and sports people to host a variety of interactive workshops for wellbeing seekers.

As General Manager Özgür Cengiz notes, “Our team is always looking for meaningful ways to connect with guests and support the local community. This commitment is integral to the JOALI brand.”

Rooted in Local Community

Ever since opening its doors in late 2021, JOALI BEING has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the wellbeing and progress of local residents. From conducting virtual education sessions for university students on International Women’s Day to hosting an appreciation event for healthcare workers on International Nurses’ Day, the team has made it a priority to support and empower neighbouring island communities. The wellbeing retreat has also created multiple hospitality internships for Maldivian aspirants.

Source: Visit Maldives

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