Best of Maldives 2021

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE Welcome to the 5th Edition of Best of Maldives Magazine by Travel Trade Maldives. This publication, published annually will give travel trade professionals, travelers and industry stakeholders a glimpse of what Maldives has to offer. Maldives is undoubtedly among the most famous and popular holiday destinations in the world. Famous for its tropical islands with the crystalclear waters, pristine beaches and unparalleled underwater beauty since tourism was introduced to the country in the 70s, Maldives has continuously topped the best holiday destination lists all across the globe and regularly wins accolades and awards at all major international travel fairs. COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill, after nearly 4 months, Maldives reopened borders on 15th July 2020 with much success. Next year we celebrate 50 years of a very successful Maldives tourism. A very warm welcome to all our industry colleagues who have worked around the clock to make sure Maldives is the number one holiday destination in the world.

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CONTENTS 02

Publisher’s Note

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Maldives and Tourism Industry

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Exhibitors Profiles



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MALDIVES AND TOURISM INDUSTRY Maldives has a GDP total of $86,788 billion according to 2019’s estimates while the GDP per capita, nominally placed is $11,316.

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Photo credits: Dynamyst The Maldivian archipelago consists of roughly 1,200 tropical islands scattered across the Indian Ocean – or more precisely 1,192 islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over approximately 90,000 square kilometers – making the country one of the world’s most dispersed countries. The country lies between 1°S 8°N in Latitude and 72° 74°E in Longitude. Among the 1200 islands, approximately 200 are inhabited and the population totaled up to 530,953 based on 2020 estimates. Maldives has a GDP total of $86,788 billion according to 2019’s estimates while the GDP per capita, nominally placed is $11,316 Historically speaking, the Maldives was colonized by travelers from the Indian subcontinent – who originated from Indo Saxons or Indo Aryans. The earliest written history of the Maldives was marked by the arrival of Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka and Maldives (Mahiladvipika) circa 543 to 483 BC, stated in Mahavansa.



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The country experienced a colonial period back in 1558 when the Portuguese established a garrison with a Viador (Viyazoru) – or roughly translated as an overseer of a factory (trading post). Somewhere in the mid-17th Century the Dutch made a move to Maldives, by establishing hegemony over Maldives without directly inflicting themselves in internal affairs. They were dispersed off by the British back in 1796 which resulted in Maldives becoming a part of British protected areas. The Maldives ancestral pedigree is rooted from Buddhism carried across the Indian subcontinent and made its way in Maldives along with its first settlers. However, in 1193 Maldives embraced the religion of Islam – an incident which is attached to the Moroccan traveler Abu al Barakat (stemming either from the Maghreb, as per Ibn Battutah, from the Somalian port of Berbera or from the Persian town of Tabriz.) Following the transition from Buddhism to Islam, the Buddhist King Dhovemi, after converting to Islam, adopted the title of Sultan Muhammad al Adil and was responsible for initiating a series of six Islamic dynasties, which lasted until 1932 when the sultanate became elective. One interesting fact regarding the early sultans of Maldives was their adopted title or the Sultan’s formal title, which was Sultan of Land and Sea, Lord of the Twelve-thousands islands and Sultan of the Maldives and carried credibility until 1965. Photo credits: National Archives


M a l d i v e s a n d To u r i s m I n d u s t r y

Blessed with a rich culture dating back to ancestral or to the time of the first settlers, Maldives is survived by many traditional garbs and garments and rituals that can be witnessed even today as part of cultural or heritage practices – however it was more of their

Maldives is blessed with a rich culture dating back to ancestral time

livelihood in ancient times, which had now been simply regarded tradition. One of the most prominent practices of ancestral rituals would be the Boduberu Dance, which had since witnessed a significant change in its core values and practice as it transitioned to modern times according to the relevance of the era. Some folklore indicates the early Boduberu Dances were a part of blood-rituals with dancers flocking about in erratic movements that were a part of a sacrificial tribute to their then gods – ergo, when Maldivians had practiced Buddhism. The credibility of this has yet to be validated. Maldives is also renowned for having expert craftsmen, who practice and promote unique and purely Maldivian original lacquer work as well as souvenir crafting. Lacquer crafting is normally practiced on wood, being spun at excessive speed on a hand-made motor - like equipment. Sharp edged knives are used to precisely ink in and carve out designs and patterns on them. Anyone wishing to get some tasteful idea of the ancient Maldivian civilization can experience it from the National Museum situated in the capital city Male’.

Maldives is survived by many traditional garbs and garments and rituals that can be witnessed even today as part of heritage or cultural practice


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Kurumba Maldives was etched into the pages of history when it became the first resort to be opened in the nation.

Photo credits: Dynamyst A country that had boomed into progress through fishing and agriculture back in the yesteryear period witnessed a paradigm shift and a drastic increase in its journey towards modernism when Maldives was introduced to the field of tourism. Tourism in Maldives was established back in 1972, and Kurumba Maldives was etched into the pages of history when it became the first resort to be opened in the nation. An initiative led by the then President, Mr. Ibrahim Nasir. The second resort to be opened in Maldives was Bandos, and both resorts have since then gone to become landmarks or pinnacles of Maldivian Tourism industry and are still in operation. When the industry started, the country had just two resorts with a capacity of roughly 280 beds. However, today, approximately 150+ registered resorts are developmental phases. Apart from the lineage of

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CROSSROADS Maldives, the Maldives’ first extraordinary multi-island, fully integrated leisure destination


M a l d i v e s a n d To u r i s m I n d u s t r y

A new breed of thrill seeking and adventurous tourists were attracted through various expos held nationally and internationally, which saw the participation of many entrepreneurs handling or owning guesthouses. Such networking expos and symposiums allowed to boost the tourist across countries that had middle to luxury class tourists visiting Maldives to a larger demographic of tourists – ergo allowing more flexibility and hospitality options for visitors to experience. Liveaboards, also known in the Maldives as ‘safari boats’, are another attraction for tourists to Maldives. These vessels, which cruise around the atolls on scheduled itineraries; usually lasting a week or sometimes two, are the best bet for die-hard scuba divers who want to do at least three dives per day as well as see as much of the Maldives as possible. The rich variety of experiences available includes diving with large pelagics, drift diving, wreck diving, channel diving, and exploring thilas, caves and remote reefs. The vessels move to new spots every day and the route usually encompasses more than one atoll.



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