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Third edition of Savaadheehtha yacht rally begins

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The 3rd edition of the Savaadheehtha Yacht Rally, featuring its inaugural equator-crossing route, has kicked off to promote local tourism and showcase the rich history and culture of the Maldives. Organised by the Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation (MITDC), the Savaadheetha Dhathuru series is a testament to the country’s over 2,000-year-old heritage.

Themed “Maldives – A Small Country with a Big Heart,” the Savaadheetha Journey 2024 commenced in Kudagiri, Kaafu Atoll, and is set to traverse various atolls, including Fulidhoo, Vaavu Atoll, Muli, Meemu Atoll, Gan, Laamu Atoll, Fonadhoo, Laamu Atoll, Kolamaafushi, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Hoandehdhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Hithadhoo, and Gan in Seenu Atoll.

The launch ceremony was attended by Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal, Minister of Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Abdulla Rafiu, government officials, and dignitaries from the tourism industry.

Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Fathimath Thaufeeq, emphasised the commitment to environmental protection in marketing Maldives’s tourism, emphasizing sustainable practices.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of MITDC, Shiuna Khalid, highlighted the unique features of the journey during the ceremony, emphasizing that participants will get a firsthand experience of Maldives’ history and local life.

Scheduled from February 10-29, the Savaadheetha Journey 2024 includes 55 participants from 10 yachts, representing countries such as Australia, UK, UAE, France, and Finland. This year’s rally promises a distinctive experience by crossing two major seas and the equator for the first time. The grand finale will be celebrated with a gala night during the closing ceremony in Addu City.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Maldivian schedules over 100 additional flights for Eid

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The national airline, Maldivian, is scheduled to conduct over 100 additional flights for the Eid al-Adha holidays, which begins later this month.

A spokesperson from Maldivian told Sun on Thursday that the airline decided to conduct additional flights to meet the rise in demand for domestic travel during the holidays.

As such, the airline plans on conducting more than 100 flights to 16 destinations.

Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, as well as school holidays, see a sharp rise in demand for domestic flights. The national airline conducts additional flights during holidays, to meet the rise in demand.

Maldivian has a domestic fleet of 15 aircrafts.

The decision to increase domestic flights comes after the Maldivian government decided to hold official Eid celebrations in three locations. In:

R. Ungoofaaru
Dh. Kudahuvadhoo
GA. Vilingili

According to the calendar, Eid al-Adha is expected to begin on Monday, June 17. Therefore, Maldivians will receive a long nine-day holiday, with the weekend before, and Hajj Day.

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Chinese Ambassador expects Chinese arrivals to surge in July, August

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The Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives Wang Lixin has announced that a significant increase of Chinese tourists is expected in July and August this year. The statement comes amid a rising number of Chinese tourist arrivals to the Maldives.

Speaking at a press conference at the Chinese Embassy, Ambassador Lixin highlighted that China is already among the top contributors to tourist arrivals in the Maldives. She noted that the number of Chinese tourists is expected to increase during the upcoming Chinese holiday season. She also said that approximately 87,466 Chinese tourists had visited the Maldives as of May 5, representing 11% of the total market share.

Additionally, Ambassador Lixin said that July and August coincide with the school holidays for many Chinese students, prompting a large number of Chinese citizens to travel abroad. As such, she said that a substantial increase in Chinese tourists visiting the Maldives is expected during this period.

Furthermore, Ambassador Lixin said that the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) will have the chance to promote Maldivian tourism at ITB China in May. She described the event as a valuable opportunity for the MMPRC to boost its presence in the Chinese market ahead of the holiday season.

The latest statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism reveal that China has contributed the highest number of tourist arrivals to the Maldives this year. Over 92,000 Chinese tourists had visited the Maldives by May 14, accounting for 11.1% of the total tourist arrivals so far.

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Maldives welcomes nearly 100,000 tourists from China

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Maldives has witnessed a remarkable surge in tourism, with nearly 100,000 tourists welcomed so far this year, spearheaded by a significant influx from China. While China ranked third in tourist arrivals last year, it has ascended to the top spot by May 14 of this year, with 92,773 visitors, comprising approximately 11.1% of total arrivals. Following closely behind is Russia, with 84,162 tourists.

The exponential increase in Chinese tourist arrivals marks a noteworthy shift in travel patterns, considering that China occupied the 27th spot in tourist arrival rankings in the previous year.

Statistics from the Ministry of Tourism reveal a robust uptick in tourism overall, with 833,728 tourists having visited the Maldives by this point in the year, reflecting an impressive 11.6% increase compared to the same period last year.

The top countries contributing to tourist arrivals in the Maldives include China, Russia, the UK, Italy, and Germany. On average, each tourist spends approximately seven days in the Maldives, with an average of 4,263 visitors arriving daily. This consistent influx has spurred the government to set an ambitious target of attracting 2 million tourists by year-end.

To achieve this goal, collaborative efforts between the government and the tourism industry are underway, with various promotional activities planned to showcase the Maldives as an irresistible destination for travelers worldwide.

Source(s): PsmNews

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