How to lock your flight fares, travel like royalty! This festive season is all about flexibility and air travel

Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles & Orient Express highlights that several extraordinary resort projects are making headlines with the opening of Raffles Udaipur and Raffles The Palm, Dubai.( Image: Raffles The Palm, Dubai) It’s easy to bask in festive vibes this season and travel like royalty! With more and more people keen to travel abroad, there … Read more

People are booking Christmas vacations earlier than ever before

What a difference a year can make. Last September, the travel industry agonized over a dearth of Christmas bookings. This September, some hotels are already fully booked for the holiday season.   People are reserving their Christmas vacations earlier this year, despite an unsettling rise in Covid-19 infections caused by the highly contagious delta variant. … Read more

Maldives to offer holidaymakers vaccines on arrival in a push to revive tourism

Maldives will soon offer visitors vaccinations on arrival as part of its three-pronged initiative aimed at reviving the country’s hard hit travel sector, according to its tourism minister. The “3V” strategy, which encourages tourists to “visit, vaccinate, and vacation,” will provide a “more convenient” way to visit the country, Abdulla Mausoom told CNBC on Wednesday. … Read more

Tree pods and beach bedrooms: Social distancing in the Maldives

From treetop dining to underwater villas, the Maldives is coming up imaginative ways to help travelers stay socially distanced while still enjoying a vacation. The island nation reopened to visitors on July 15, and more than 57,000 tourists have visited since. More airlines set to resume flights this month and next. Earlier in November, the … Read more

How Maldives has prepared itself for tourism during Covid-19

Even before the pandemic, Maldives had begun emerging as a favourite destination for Indians. By Pallavi Pasricha India emerged as the third largest market to Maldives since it reopened. Since India and the Maldives set up South Asia’s first air bubble in August, many Indians have made the picturesque islands nestled in the Indian ocean … Read more

Indian Foreign Secretary’s Maldives visit to elevate strategic ties in Indian Ocean

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will pay an official visit to the Maldives on November 9-10 eyeing to further partnership with Male, one of India’s key neighbours which has transformed relations since Ibu Solih was voted to power. The visit will be the first high level in-person interaction between the two sides since … Read more

India launches first ever cargo ferry with Maldives: Milestone in Indian Ocean connectivity initiatives

NEW DELHI: The first ever Cargo Ferry Service between India and the Maldives was jointly launched on Monday opening a new chapter in connectivity initiatives in the Indian Ocean Region. Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Aishath Nahula, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of the Maldives in a virtual … Read more

The Maldives reopened to tourists — and its hotels have some ideas to lure you back

Travelers itching for a change of scenery amid months of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders brought on by the coronavirus pandemic now have a new option. The Maldives reopened to international visitors this week, after being closed to visitors since March 27. While much of the world has shut its borders or enacted strict measures on … Read more