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Maldives crowned WTA World’s Leading Destination for fourth consecutive year

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The Maldives has been crowned as the World’s Leading Destination at the 2023 World Travel Awards.

The 2023 WTA Grand Finale was held at Dubai’s most iconic hotel, the Burj Al Arab, on Friday evening.

It marks the fourth consecutive year for the Maldives to receive the prestigious award, amidst fierce competition from 17 acclaimed global destinations, including Dubai, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, and Vietnam.

In a statement announcing the accomplishment, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) said the award further solidifies the Maldives’ consistent excellence and unmatched charm that distinguishes it as the top destination in the world.

In addition to securing The World’s Leading Destination title, MMPRC was honored as the 2023 World’s Leading Tourist Board, marking the second consecutive year winning the prestigious title.

Meanwhile, Thoyyib Mohamed, MMPRC’s former CEO, received the Special Achievement Award.

Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, the former Maldivian tourism minister, won the title of 2023 Travel Personality of the Year, for his contributions to the travel and tourism industry.

In an interview to Travel News Network, Mausoom dedicated his award to all tourism stakeholders, in the Maldives and abroad.

Meanwhile, the Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) won the title of 2023 World’s Leading Seaplane Operator – marking the seventh consecutive time, and the ninth time overall, that the TMA has won this prestigious title.

The Maldives also received the newly-introduced Global Tourism Resilience Award at the event, given to the five leading destinations and countries for strategically building capacity to recover swiftly and thrive after disruptions.

The Maldives was also nominated as the 2023 World’s Leading Beach Destination, World’s Leading Dive Destination, World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, World’s Leading Island Destination, and World’s Most Romantic Destination.

MMPRC said the wins are testament to the Maldives’ exceptional standing in the global tourism landscape and the enduring appeal of the Sunny Side of Life to travelers worldwide.

“This exceptional fourth consecutive win reaffirms the Maldives’ commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences, and we extend our gratitude to our visitors, industry partners, and stakeholders whose steadfast support has been pivotal in achieving this milestone,” said the tourism board.

The WTA, established in 1993, is the most prestigious honors program in the global travel and tourism industry, recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

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Fuvahmulah city council initiates tourism zone development project

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The Fuvahmulah City Council has launched a significant project aimed at developing a tourism zone within the city, covering an expansive area of 12 hectares. An agreement laying the groundwork for this transformative endeavor was recently signed between the Fuvahmulah City Council and Regional Airports, symbolising a pivotal step towards its realization. Mayor Ismail Rafeeq and the Managing Director of Regional Airports, Ahmed Mubeen, officiated the contract signing.

The comprehensive two-year agreement delineates the collaborative responsibilities of Regional Airports and the city council, encompassing investor recruitment, project design, and development. Mayor Ismail Rafeeq articulated his vision for the project, emphasizing the establishment of recreational service centers alongside accommodations for tourists.

With a focus on attracting more visitors to the city, Mayor Rafeeq highlighted ongoing efforts to bolster Fuvahmulah’s air transportation infrastructure. Plans are underway to commence physical work on the development before the year’s end, underscoring the council’s commitment to swift progress. Additionally, discussions are ongoing to explore the potential expansion of Fuvahmulah’s airport to accommodate jet landings.

Fuvahmulah City is renowned for its acclaimed diving spots, drawing a significant number of tourists seeking immersive experiences. Presently, the city boasts 21 guesthouses, catering to the influx of visitors flocking to explore its natural wonders.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Over 600,000 visitors, 15% growth in tourist arrivals

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The Ministry of Tourism has released its latest daily reports, indicating that tourist arrivals in the Maldives surpassed six hundred thousand by March 31. Statistical figures reveal a significant 15.3% increase in tourist arrivals within the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2023, with 604,004 tourists visiting the country in 2024 compared to 523,928 in 2023.

The tourism industry’s growth trajectory was particularly notable in February 2024, which witnessed a record-breaking number of tourist arrivals, exceeding two million. On average, the Maldives welcomes approximately 6,265 tourists daily, with visitors spending an average of 8 days during their stay.

The breakdown of tourist arrivals by month is as follows:

In January – 192,385 tourist arrivals
In February – 217,394 tourist arrivals
In March – 196,227 tourist arrivals

Chinese tourists constitute the largest portion of total tourist arrivals so far this year, accounting for 11.2% of the overall figure, with 67,399 visitors. Following China, Russia and the United Kingdom stand out as the next highest sources of tourists, with 61,752 and 58,382 arrivals, respectively.

In conclusion, while the Maldives has already welcomed over six hundred thousand tourists, the government remains committed to achieving its target of attracting two million tourists. To achieve this goal, the government plans to initiate various advertising projects and programs aimed at promoting the Maldives as a premier tourist destination.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Minister reveals growth in tourism within 2024’s first quarter

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Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal has announced a significant surge in tourist arrivals with the number of tourists that visited the country during the first quarter of the year increasing by 15.1% in comparison to the first quarter of 2023. He revealed the statistics in a situation in which the Former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih claimed a decline in the rate of tourism arrivals.

Sharing the statistical figures of the tourism arrival on a social media platform, Minister of Tourism Faisal stated that the total arrivals of the first quarter increased by 15.1% while highlighting the increasing occupancy during January and February compared to the same term in 2023. According to the data, 596,724 tourists visited the country by March 30, while 518,347 tourists visited the country during the same period in 2023. The minister observed from the statistics that the total number of tourists arrived up to now mounts to 148,000 making this a remarkable increase of 7.6%.

While the tourism industry continues it’s consistent growth, February 2024 witnessed a record-breaking number of tourists arrivals with more than 2 million flocking to the country, as per statistics. The data shows that on average, the Maldives welcomes approximately 6,186 tourists daily, with visitors spending an average of 8 days during their stay.

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