Maldivian begins weekly flights to Hangzhou

Maldivian, the national airline of Maldives welcomed its inaugural flight from Hangzhou, China today. The flight to Hangzhou departed from Malé on 13th September and Maldivian welcomed the first arrivals from Hangzhou to Maldives this morning around 0615 hrs with 200 passengers. Airbus A321 aircraft will serve this route once a week. At present Maldivian operates to Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Nanjing, and Wuhan.

The Maldives ranks among the top travel destinations for Chinese holidaymakers. Maldives had seen a significant boom in tourism from the Chinese market for the past four years

Despite the slight lows in recent months: visitors for the first half of 2017 was recorded as 141,495, a drop of 10.3%, compared to last year’s at 157,764, China remains the largest market for the Maldives’ tourism industry.

As per recent statistics, the number of tourists to the Maldives increased in September. The average length of stay decreased from 6.4 to 5.3 days, but increased by 2% for nights in September, while the occupancy had also improved to 64%.

The government is committed to gradually boost Maldives tourism. The government targets to bring in 1.4 million tourists. Last year, Maldives also announced plans to host a major annual tourism fair over the next four years to bring in 2 million tourists and increase the revenue up to 3.5 billion dollars.

Summer Island Maldives’ Chef Receives Global Outstanding Chef Award

Summer Island Maldives resort’s Advisory Executive Chef, ‘Jack’ Tiang Toh Huat, has been declared one of the world’s Top 50 ‘Outstanding Chefs’, in a prestigious awards ceremony held last week in Shanghai, China.

Summer Island Maldives also received an award for ‘Outstanding Dining Venue’ at the 2016 Global Gourmet Chef par Excellence World Culinaire Competition awards ceremony.

The double award places Summer Island Maldives, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment, among the Maldives very best resorts for food and beverage.

The prize ceremony, organised by the Global Gourmet culinary magazine, followed a competition in which chefs from around the world were invited to cook a four-course meal, which was then judged by an expert panel that included the Michelin 3-star celebrity chefs Da Dong and Umberto Bombana.

Chef Jack submitted a menu based on fresh ingredients found on Summer Island Maldives, such as coconuts and passion fruits, and from the surrounding sea.

Commenting on his award, Chef Jack said:

“I wanted to submit a menu that would highlight the elements of the Maldives – the sand, the sea and the natural vegetation. To represent sand, for example, we made a dessert that used fresh, grated coconut and brown sugar, to look like the beach. We also used fresh tuna in the menu because the Maldives is famous for its tuna.”

Summer Island Maldives’ Resort Manager Mariya Shareef said:

“We are delighted that Chef Jack and Summer Island Maldives won these awards, which demonstrate the dedication, professionalism and excellence of Chef Jack and his team. Summer Island Maldives is now recognized as one of the Maldives’ top culinary destinations.”

Summer Island Maldives prides itself on offering guests an authentically Maldivian, barefoot slice of paradise at an affordable price.

One of the Maldives’ first resorts, and wholly Maldivian owned, Summer Island Maldives recently underwent a complete re-development. The resort now boasts fresh and zesty rooms, a spa, international restaurants, a rustic beach bar, a dive center and water sports center.

Summer Island Maldives retains the family-friendly, natural atmosphere that has made it such a popular destination. Summer Island Maldives offers an all-inclusive holiday, with a variety of rooms, at 4 star prices.

Maldives participates at the Sichuan International Travel EXPO 2016

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) along with top industry professionals worldwide are taking part at the Sichuan International Travel EXPO (SCITE) in the Emeishan City of Leshan in Sichuan Province from 23rd September to 28th September 2016. This year buyers and sellers from 45 different countries are scheduled to appear at the Expo.

The expo which kicked off today targets on featuring the highest level, larger scale and variety of travel products of different ranges from various countries or regions.

During the SCITE expo, this year the EMEI Global Summit and the Asian Pacific Tour Operator Seminar will take place on the first day. From the 23rd to 24th September will be B2B where Buyers and Sellers will be conducting business meetings whereas starting from the 25th to 28th September the fair will be opened to general public.

To diversify and raise number of participating countries as exhibitors in SCITE, Maldives was invited to take part in this 3 rd Edition of SCITE. Eminently, Maldives is already a popular beach destination among Chinese travellers. By exhibiting in SCITE the destination can reach new potential travellers and raise awareness about the destination and in this specific, vivid and interactive approach to the market will provide Maldives with a major platform to boost visitors to the destination. Hence this expo is a great platform to showcase the products and services offered in Maldives and to conduct one on one meeting with top buyers from both domestic and international sectors.

As the Chinese Market remains the number one source market for the Maldivian tourism industry. By July 2016 a total of 194,220 Chinese tourists has spent their holidays in the Maldives. To ensure a steadier flow of tourist from the market more marketing and promotional efforts need to be carried out. Hence this expo is a great platform to showcase the products and services offered in Maldives and to conduct one on one meeting with top buyers from both domestic and international sectors.

Participation in the 3rd SCITE will ensure destination awareness to a new potential region in China. After a successful event, more Chinese travellers could be attracted to the destination.

Maldivian To Add Three More Routes To China

Maldivian, the national airline of Maldives has announced that three new destinations to China will be added to its network commencing in February 2015. The three additional cities are Xi’an, Nanjing and Changsha.

Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the northwest of the People’s Republic of China, in the center of the Guanzhong Plain and is formerly romanized as Sian. Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in Eastern China. It is rich in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China during the rule of several dynasties. Changsha is the capital of Hunan Province in South-Central China.

Maldivian started flights to China in July 2013 with Chongqing the 4th largest city in China after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin as the first destination. Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in the heart of China which is one of the major commercial hubs in the country and one of the biggest metropolitan cities was added to its network an year later in July 2014.

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With this increase in flights to China, Maldivian will have access to a larger share of the Chinese tourists visiting Maldives. Chinese tourism is the fastest growing market in the world and accounts for 30 percent of all visitors to the Maldives.

Maldivian is owned and operated by the state owned Island Aviation Services Ltd and is the leading domestic airline of the country. Maldivian was operating only domestic flights until 25th January 2008 when it commenced its first regional operations with the first flight to Trivandrum, India. In addition to daily flights to Trivandrum, the flag carrier now flies to Chennai – India and Dhaka – Bangladesh as well as China.

Maldivian continues to operate daily flights to 9 airports within the country. The carrier was formerly known as Island Aviation and was re-branded in August 2008.