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UK alerts British tourists to protests in Capital Malé

The United Kingdom has alerted British nationals travelling to the Maldives to take security precautions and to avoid large gatherings in Malé following the arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed on february More »

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Tourist arrivals decline in January as Chinese arrivals slow down

Official statistics published by the Ministry of Tourism shows that tourist arrivals to the Maldives are declining. Compared to the same time last year, Maldives is seeing a decline of -7.8% in More »

long-haul travel

Long-haul travel sentiment stays strong

To best support the tourism sector facing uncertainties caused by threats of terrorism and Eurozone economic instability, the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA) and the Eurail Group have More »

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Global Tourism

Global tourism which stood at a mere 25 million international travelers in 1950 has, over the past decades, experienced such phenomenal growth and diversification that today it has become one of the More »

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Tourism through wellness

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), an international think-tank that develops research and resources to positively impact the global wellness industry, has signed an agreement with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the More »

UK alerts British tourists to protests in Capital Malé

UK tourists

The United Kingdom has alerted British nationals travelling to the Maldives to take security precautions and to avoid large gatherings in Malé following the arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed on february 22.

The alert also noted that there is a general threat of terrorism in the Maldives, saying that attacks could be indiscriminate, in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers including tourists, and urged travelers to take comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

Tourist arrivals decline in January as Chinese arrivals slow down

tourist arrivals

Official statistics published by the Ministry of Tourism shows that tourist arrivals to the Maldives are declining. Compared to the same time last year, Maldives is seeing a decline of -7.8% in overall tourist arrivals. Occupancy rates fell from 82.5%in Jan last year to 73.9% in January 2015.

“This was the fourth consecutive month where a negative growth was recorded in tourist arrivals to the country,” the ministry noted in its statement last week. “However, the average duration of stay remained uniform at January 2014 level with 6.5 days. This was an increase compared with the 6.1 days at the end of December 2014,” the ministry noted.

Guesthouse standards training commences

guesthouse maldives

Tourism ministry has started training inspectors going out to islands to check whether guesthouses meet required standards.
Twenty participants from seventeen islands took part in the one day seminar held at the National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT).
Under the Tourism Act the ministry is mandated to check guesthouse standards and find out whether they are managed in accordance with regulations.

Long-haul travel sentiment stays strong

long-haul travel

To best support the tourism sector facing uncertainties caused by threats of terrorism and Eurozone economic instability, the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA) and the Eurail Group have jointly launched a new research initiative that monitors travel sentiment in key extra-European markets: Brazil, China, Japan, the Russian Federation and the USA.

Based on 1,000 interviews in each market1, every four months the Long-Haul Travel Sentiment Survey monitors people’s intention to travel and captures key characteristics of their trip, travel motivations and barriers included. Key results are regularly published to provide the tourism sector with early indications on travel demand developments from the markets with the best prospects for growth.

Luxury Loama Resort opens on Maamigili island in the Maldives

loama Resort

Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili is a teardrop-shaped private island that was once the playground of ancient kings; part of the northernmost and largely undiscovered Raa Atoll and representing the final frontier of the Maldives, where absolute seclusion can be secured.
As for the resort’s anticipated Spa, guests can enjoy treatments in either the Beach Villas surrounded by the beauty of Maldivian skyline or in one of the glass-bottomed Ocean Villa rooms offering views into crystal clear waters below during a well deserved massage.

Meetings Industry Association reports on solid growth and a strong financial year

meetings industry

The meetings industry association (the MIA), one of the largest and fastest growing trade associations in the sector, held its AGM in London, on 18 February 2015.
The MIA reported solid membership figures and a healthy financial position for the year ending 31st August 2014, with income exceeding £300k which represented an increase of 9% on 2012/13.

Global Tourism

global tourism

Global tourism which stood at a mere 25 million international travelers in 1950 has, over the past decades, experienced such phenomenal growth and diversification that today it has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. The resilience of the global travel industry to face calamities is well known. The tourism industry has achieved remarkable growth, from 278 million in 1980 to 528 million in 1995, 1017 million in 2013 and to an unprecedented 1138 million in 2014, an increase of 4.7% over the previous year. 

This continuous growth and deepening diversification has made global tourism one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.

Tourism through wellness

wellness

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), an international think-tank that develops research and resources to positively impact the global wellness industry, has signed an agreement with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations, to jointly implement projects that address the role wellness tourism can play in helping increase tourism overall. Taleb Rifai of UNWTO says, “We are following with great interest the evolution of wellness tourism and will work with GWI on initiatives that will allow countries to develop this important segment.”

2014 visitor figure misses STB forecast

Singapore

Headwinds on several fronts pushed Singapore’s 2014 visitor arrivals down 3.1 per cent to 15.1 million, the first decline since 2009 and off the mark set by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

The consolation was that STB’s quest for higher yield tourists could be paying off – tourism receipts were flat at S$23.5 billion as per capita spending rose.

Robot-staffed Hotel to Open in Japan this Summer

Robot Staff

The Henn-na Hotel, set to open in July in Nagasaki, will start out with a staff of 10 robots, but the plan is to have the hotel services run 90 percent by  humanoid bots called “Actroids.” They will be manning the bell station, registration desk, and housekeeping carts at a hotel opening this summer in Japan. The bots also will be able to both speak and comprehend Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English. Oh, and they can breathe, blink, make eye contact, and respond to body language and tone of voice.