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Direct flights between Hanimaadhoo-Trivandrum route to begin

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Island Aviation Service has announced the national airline, Maldivian, is set to begin direct flights between Hanimaadhoo International Airport and Trivandrum, India.

In a statement, Island Aviation said the direct flights will commence from April 12, 2024 onward, with the aim of increasing the national airline’s international routes.

Island Aviation also highlights the direct flights will enhance connectivity for locals, especially those seeking medical services from India. The new route will also benefit locals seeking to holiday or visit for business in India.

Customers can now book for tickets online or from ticket centers.

The flights are scheduled on Fridays and Mondays each week. Maldivian will be using its Dash-8 aircraft for the route.

Maldivian previously operated between Hanimaadhoo and Trivandrum, which it ceased for Hanimaadhoo airport’s expansion and development.

Source(s): sun.mv

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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.

Source(s): PsmNews

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