AirAsia launches cheap direct flights from Bangkok to Maldives

Thai AirAsia is launching daily direct flights between Bangkok and the Maldives in August, and the fare is a fraction of the service offered by Bangkok Airways, who was previously the sole operator of the non-stop route.

Starting from Aug. 11, the daily AirAsia flight to the Maldives will leave Don Mueang at 9:30am. The return flight to Bangkok departs Malé International Airport at 12:30pm.

Thai AirAsia launched a promo fare of THB1,990 one-way, inclusive of taxes and fees, which you can book until June 25. Note that prices vary depends on the dates.

Still, it is big drop compared to a one-way fare of THB13,500 plus tax fare from Bangkok Airways.

The low-cost airline expects the route will be at least 85 percent booked, as Maldives has long been a popular beach destination, according to Bangkok Post.

For this route, the airline will use 180-seat Airbus A320 single-aisle jets.

Sun Siyam Resorts keen on India’s prospective MICE business

Evgenia Boyankova - Group Director of Business Development, Sun Siyam Resorts, looks at making the
most of the teeming Indian wedding and MICE market.

Sun Siyam Resorts witnessed huge growth from the Indian market, particularly for its four star property Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives. Talking about the response from the Indian market, Evgenia Boyankova, Group Director of Business Development of Sun Siyam Resorts, observed that most of their guests checked into Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives for short stays. “We have also seen that there is an upward flow for high-end Indian customers who are looking for five-star properties such as our Sun Aqua Vilu Reef and the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives. In Asia, India is the second largest source market to the Maldives after China. We have noticed an upward rise in 2016 compared to 2015.”

Marketing Plans

This year Sun Siyam Resorts plans to capture as much market share as it can by taking part in major travel shows, workshops, roadshows and by covering major metros and sub metros in India. “Also India is a very dynamic market; each region has a different target audience and is also driven on relationships. So, we will continue working closely with our preferred partners, trade associations and key travel partners for increased growth and conversions. We plan to build and increase our market share in terms of family travel, high-end MICE, honeymooners, single women groups.”

Business from India

While the MICE segment is a key focus, the properties are also popular among honeymooners besides being favoured by family travellers. “At Sun Siyam Resorts, we are focusing more on MICE group enquiries for conferences, events as well as weddings; hence a mix of corporate plus leisure. India’s destination wedding concept has been growing over the past few years. We are also catering to corporate travel as we have ideal setups at our resorts.The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives has a variety of full-fledged meeting rooms which cater to different needs. Our lagoons with crystal clear water and soft sandy beaches are ideal for various motorized and non-motorized water activities.” On the other hand, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives has the first-of-itskind kite surfing school. Activities for adventure lovers include wake boarding, fly boarding and knee boarding, apart from banana boat riding and jet skiing for families. “Maldives is a popular destination for Bollywood stars like Katrina Kaif, Mandira Bedi among others. With the launching of new flights in Mega Maldives we can expect more volume of Indian travellers.”
The destination is welcoming more resorts including big brands like Accor and St. Regis.

“The luxury properties continue to increase due to the demand and India has both very affluent travellers and budget conscious travellers.” Evgenia concludes by saying that there is room for all as Maldives boasts of a sustainable hospitality industry.


AirAsia launches flights from Thailand to Maldives with prices starting from S$80.70

AirAsia is launching new daily direct flights to Maldives and the route is being introduced with a special promotional fare starting at Bt1,990 ($80.70) per trip from Wednesday (June 14) until June 25 for travel between August 11 and 28.Maldives is among the world's top destinations among Thai and international travellers alike with plenty of activities that range from coral diving and dolphin viewing to water sports and relaxation at private resorts.The islands also provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the unique Maldivian lifestyle, and exciting activities that can be enjoyed equally by families, friends and couples.AirAsia's director of commercial Santisuk Klongchaiya said: "Many people's perception of Maldives is that it is costly and only caters to certain types of travellers, but today AirAsia is launching the flight so that everyone can discover the atolls. There's a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from guest houses to opulent resorts. Without the need for a visa (for Thai people), travelling to the country is now easier than ever and we are confident the route will see robust growth, especially as AirAsia is the first low-fares carrier to offer a Bangkok-Maldives link.

Thailand's Singha Estate to invest $311.5 mln in Maldives resorts

Thailand's Singha Estate Pcl , the real estate development arm of Boon Rawd Brewery, will invest $311.5 million in a series of hotels in the Maldives, it said on Thursday.

Boon Rawd Brewery, which is known for the pale lager, Singha, received a 50-year concession from the Maldivian government to develop hotels in nine islands of the country.

Singha Estate expects to make an initial investment of $83 million while the total investment is likely to reach $311.5 million, Chief Financial Officer Methee Vinichbutr said at an investor briefing.

Resorts on the first two islands are expected to be operational in July 2018 and the firm expects more Chinese tourists in the Maldives in the future, he said.

Earlier this year, the company had finalised a joint venture with Hongkong Land Group to develop a luxury residential tower in Bangkok at an estimated value of $170 million. Singha will hold 51 percent of the venture.

Singha Estate's revenue jumped 89 percent to 1.2 billion baht ($35.16 million) in the first quarter of this year. However, net profit fell by 67 percent to 33.5 million from a year-earlier period when it booked foreign exchange gains. ($1 = 34.14 baht) (Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Orathai Siring and Subhranshu Sahu)

Former Miss South Africa is Enjoying The Best Holiday Maldives

Former Miss South Africa Melinda Bam and her hubby Adriaan Berg (who is a former Mr South Africa) are living their best life in the Maldives.

The couple are celebrating Adriaan's 30th birthday and decided to spoil themselves with a beach vaycay. And guys, it looks lit. We'll just be out hunting for someone to hug to keep us warm on these winter nights while watching these two catching a tan.

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International Tourism Film Festival Maldives to return to Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

The second edition of International Tourism Film Festival Maldives is to be hosted by Sun Siyam Resorts, with the event set to take place from November 16th-18th this year at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives.

The concept behind the event is to gather talents of different ages, interests and backgrounds at one place.

With the success of the first edition, Sun Siyam Resorts hopes to have a much grand event this year, with international celebrities and media.

This year’s festival, extended over three days, will be filled with special events which are impeccable in its entertaining and educating aspects.

It is a platform for innovative work from both professionals and amateurs - in other words the perfect ground for networking.

“An occasion such as this will unite all those with a deep love for art and tourism,” explained a spokesman for Sun Siyam Resorts.
“We invite film makers and producers of all calibres to submit their content to be featured.
“If you have not already, this is the perfect opportunity to show your creativity and share with the world your perception.”

The deadline to submit all entries is July 21st this year.
Results will be communicated in September 2017.
More InformationThe International Tourism Film Festival Maldives brings together professionals, celebrities and guests from across the globe to share their passion for traveling and seeing the beauty of it, the love for art, tourism and sports.
Festival entries include movies about interesting and unique places all over the world, shining a light onto the different cultures and histories of countries and their events.
Films last from one to 13 minutes.
With contributions and sponsorship from major stakeholders in the industry, the first event last year was a great success.
Sun Siyam Iru Fushi MaldivesThe event takes place at the multi-award winning property of Sun Siyam group, The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives, which is the flagship property within the group.
Located in the unspoiled Noonu Atoll and set within 52 acres of white sands and exotic flora, here guests are immersed in a timeless culture.
From the intuitive detail and personalised service that creates the most beautiful moments, to the sublime ambience that permeates each unforgettable taste, touch and experience.
Since its brand launch in 2014 as The Sun Siyam, it has gained international recognition across the globe.
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives makes it the perfect venue to host the International Tourism Film Festival Maldives.

Source: breakingtravelnews

New sales director for Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives, a luxury resort on Mudhdhoo Island, has appointed Niclas Prokop as its new director of sales and marketing. Prokop, a German national, joins the property from his most recent role as chief commercial officer at Azulik Hotel & Maya Spa, Mexico.

He brings with him over 24 years of experience working for international tour operators such as Thomas Cook and Dertour, in addition to a number of hotel chains in the Maldives - Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, Ayada and Kanuhura. Prokop possesses great leadership skills, a passion for excellence, and a talent for developing high performing teams that deliver excellent business results.

In his new role, he will be responsible for fostering relationships with key partners, driving revenue and accomplishing sales and marketing goals. “We warmly welcome Niclas to our growing Dusit family,” said general manager of Dusit Thani Maldives Resort, Reinhold Johann. “With his breadth of experience in the region and strong capabilities, we are confident that Niclas will excel in his new position.”

Source: tradearabia

TTM Hotelier Summit Maldives 2017 - Vision for the Future of Tourism

As a major component of Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) that connects the travel trade community of Maldives, the first ever Hotelier Summit of Maldives will be hosted on the 12th of July from 9am to 1pm at Dharubaaruge. The summit is aimed to act as a platform where by stakeholders of the industry would meet in one place to discuss the future of Tourism in the Maldives.

The summit offers a solution-oriented platform that facilitates face to face meetings, networking activities, and information exchange amongst the most elite assemblage of hotel owners and general managers. A total of panels are scheduled to take place at the summit in which more than 80 general managers from resorts and hotels of Maldives is set to take part. Various topics are set to be discussed that a significant to the Maldivian tourism industry.

Notable attendees include Head of Ministries, Travel Weekly, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Representatives from Expedia, Trip Advisor, IITM, Air Asia and American Express. World tourism is seeing an ever increasing growth, while the Maldives government has plans to develop over 50 resorts before the end of 2018. Major focus of the summit is to address such matters and discuss ways in which demand would meet the ever growing supply planned for the tourism industry of the country while looking at the future.

Saturdays Singer Frankie Bridge heads to the Maldives for Honeymoon

I didn’t know I wanted to dine underwater until I saw a photograph of ‘5.8’ - the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant. There are now more than 100 different island resorts in the Maldives - that’s a lot of luxury - so any newcomer has to offer something extra special. The Hurawalhi Island Resort, which opened last year, has plumbed the depths to make its mark: the restaurant gets its name from the fact it is 5.8 metres - about 20ft - under the sea. Actually the trip was more than just a holiday, it was a sort of delayed honeymoon - we were married last July.

 I’ve never been anywhere where the sea is that clear and the sand is that white. Getting to the resort from Male airport was an adventure in itself as you fly the 40-minute hop on a seaplane. We had an over-water villa which offered a grandstand view of the ocean. I loved looking at the fish, but swimming with them? Not for me! Fortunately we also had our own pool which I was more at home in. Wayne, however, was in his element in the sea.

 One of his highlights was swimming with manta rays, which were massive. Small nurse sharks with black fins came into the water near our villa and I loved seeing those… from a distance! One of my highlights was going out on a boat to see dolphins. We were warned we might not see any - but they came up and started jumping all around the boat. There was a real effort to provide good, healthy meals - mainly Pan-Asian cuisine.

 There was a choice of restaurants but we usually ended up at the buffet. The exception, of course, was the six-course dinner in that fabulous underwater restaurant - although it was strange to be eating fish at the same time as you were looking out at fish swimming around the restaurant. In the evenings there was always some sort of entertainment and the guests wanted me to sing at an open-mic night, but I politely declined.

 I was there to rest, not sing Saturdays songs! The Maldives is now one of my favourite places: up there with Antigua. But what made Hurawalhi so special were the lovely and helpful staff.

Shangri-La Announces Another Maldives-Sri Lanka Holiday Package

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced another exciting combined holiday package for Maldives and Sri Lanka, offering guests the chance to experience once-in-a-lifetime wildlife safaris by both land and sea.

Shangri-La said the ‘Finding Shangri-La: Indian Ocean Island-Hopping Offer’ allows guests to enjoy “an unforgettable twin-centre trip” between Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives and Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka.

The package, which is valid across all villa categories until December 17, offers guests staying a minimum of seven nights at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa to receive a three-night complimentary stay at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa. Guests staying a minimum of four nights at the resort in Maldives will receive a one-night complimentary stay at the resort in Sri Lanka.

“Adventure travellers can now embark upon an effortless journey across the Indian Ocean to uncover the region’s most enchanting flora and fauna; from the elusive Sri Lankan leopard to the Maldivian eagle ray, combined with Shangri-La’s unparalleled hospitality, offering memorable bespoke experiences,” the Hong Kong-based hospitality group said in a statement.

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa, which opened in June 2016 on the island’s ancient Spice Route, boasts fantastic proximity to some of the Sri Lanka’s finest nature and wildlife reserves, in particular Yala, Bundala, and Udawalawe National Parks. Guests can also spot wildlife that inhabit the area surrounding the resort, with parading peacocks and wandering elephants offering a majestic welcome.

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa. PHOTO/ SHANGRI-LA
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is located in the southernmost Maldivian atoll of Addu, just a five-minute boat ride away from Gan International Airport. The resort is a collection of 132 private villas nestled across emerald green jungle and stunning turquoise shoreline.

This latest offer will be complemented by another two-destination holiday package announced by Shangri-La late last month. At the Arabian Travel Market, which was held in Dubai from April 24-27, Shangri-La announced a package which allows guests to combine their stay in its Colombo hotel, which is set to open by the end of this year, with a retreat at its resort in the Maldives.

These efforts are part of Shangri-La’s efforts to capitalise on the recently launched direct flights between Sri Lanka and the southern part of the Maldives.

Neighbouring Sri Lanka’s flagship carrier began scheduled flights to its second destination in the Maldives in December, becoming the only airline to operate scheduled international flights to a destination other than the main Velana International Airport.

SriLankan Airlines currently operates four weekly flights to Gan International Airport from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. The airline has recently announced plans to add two more flights to its Colombo-Gan route starting September 17.

As Shangri-La seeks to take advantage of the recently launched direct flights to Addu, an additional international airline is set to begin scheduled flights to the Gan International Airport next March.