Maldives – World Leading Destination Award 2020

Maldives - World's Leading Destination Award 2020

by Blue Force Fleet

First time in the history!

Maldives has received the World’s Leading Destination award at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards 2020 announced at a virtual event held 2 days ago. This is the first time Maldives won the award in the history of the island nation, which is also the most distinguished award category of World Travel Awards. Maldives competed in this category with 22 other destinations including Dubai, Malaysia, Spain, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka.
World Travel Awards established in 1993, is the most prestigious honours program in the global travel and tourism industry recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. It serves to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Maldives receiving such an esteemed recognition during the most challenging of times faced by the tourism industry has never been more important.
Upon receiving the award, Minister of Tourism H. E. Dr. Abdulla Mausoom said “Maldives winning World’s Leading Destination award is a strong endorsement of the popularity of Maldives amongst international tourists. This superb win reflects the strong determination and sound policies of HEP Solih and his administration, strive and strides of travel and tourism industry partners and employees; targeted #VisitMaldives promotion by industry partners and MMPRC and of course the warm smile of Maldivians. Congratulations!”
Maldives was also nominated for a staggering 40 categories at the Grand Final with 8 nominations in destinations category, 53 nominations for 30 categories in Hotels and Resorts and 3 nominations for 3 world categories competing against world class destinations, with several tourist establishments winning in these categories.
Link to the “World’s Leading Destination” Award by World Travel Awards 2020 Acceptance Speech by Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director of Visit Maldives: https://youtu.be/_sB-1yzkG0E
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maldives as a whole and the travel and tourism industry was hit hard, and it caused an unprecedented level of disruption. As the lockdown began, the marketing plans of the government’s national tourism body, VisitMaldives came to a complete halt, and the campaigns had to be shifted to digital platforms; all travel and tourism partners began adapting to the new situation. The means of communication changed, but it enhanced the way for a more effective channel between agents, partners, and customers across various key markets.
Efforts and planning for the reopening of borders were made with the contribution of the entire industry, where an emphasis was given on the unique geographical formation of Maldivian islands, and the key USP of one-island-one-resort concept. These characteristics make Maldives a relatively safe destination and a safe haven for visitors. The rest of the world was constantly being made aware of the safety measures and important procedures in place for tourists, which came with the reopening of borders on 15th July 2020.
Visit Maldives, alongside industry stakeholders and partners, continued working tirelessly to assure tourists of this, and keep them dreaming about the destination. Several marketing activities and campaigns were launched, providing a platform for tourists from around the world to relive the happiness and rediscover the wonders of Maldives.
All in all, Visit Maldives has carried out over 412 different types of marketing activities in 22 global markets. 314 activities were carried out during this pandemic as part of the crisis recovery plan; some of these include fairs (online as well as offline), webinars, FAM trips, online roadshows, outdoor campaigns, digital media campaigns and more.
Despite the challenges over the course of the year, this accomplishment is a remarkable testament of the love of tourists from around the world, as well as the massive effort and continuous contribution made by each and every one of the stakeholders, in order to revive and restore the industry in Maldives.
Speaking on behalf of Visit Maldives, the Managing Director Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone who voted for Maldives and the tourism industry stakeholders. he stated,
“We are beyond thrilled to receive the World’s Leading Destination award for the first time in the history of Maldives. This prestigious award means a lot to Maldives, especially as we achieved this during these difficult times. Thank you everyone who voted for us. And thank you to the travel industry partners for the immense work carried out to accomplish this.  I would like to thank His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for the support and close guidance especially in the recovery process of the nation and the tourism industry”.
Further to this, World Travel Awards has reported a record number of visitor traffic and engagement from public voters. This shows that as travel resumes in the world and the tourism sector recovers, the appetite for travel has never been greater. Tourists are constantly seeking the very best tourism products from across the world, and as Maldives is now the World’s leading Destination, it is a pivotal moment to market the country as one of the safest and top travel destinations in the world.
Maldives has also won 4 awards in the Indian Ocean category at World Travel Awards, attesting to this. These categories are Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination 2020, Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2020, Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2020 and Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2020. The destination has also won the famed Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination award 12 times within the last 16 years, this year being the 13th time.
Link to the Congratulatory Speech by Mr. Graham Cooke, Founder and President of World Travel Awards: https://youtu.be/z4DenXhGy8I
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Maldives – Southern Hemisphere Expedition

Maldives - Southern Hemisphere Expedition

by Blue Force Fleet

Last places, February & March 2021!

After the success of the expeditions of more than 20 seasons going down to the South of Maldives, with the acquired experience and in the precise months, February and March, in which conditions are usually optimal in this part of the country, the MALDIVES  BLUE FORCE ONE team plans each year an extraordinary diving safari that takes place mainly outside the traditional diving areas in the Maldives, from Male to the extreme south of the country and vice versa, the SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE MALDIVES EXPEDITION.

Thilas with spectacular coral gardens, channels to spot sharks, pelagics and the possibility of “special” encounters such as thresher shark, tiger shark, giant hammerhead, marlin and even oceanic sunfish. The whale shark at night, diving with mantas and the British Loyalty wreck, the largest in the Maldives.

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MALDIVES OFFERS !!!

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Black Friday Offers

Black Friday Offers

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Back to The Maldives – OFFERS

Back to Maldives
OFFERS

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We are back in Maldives. No excuses!

It is a pleasure for us to confirm the restart of our operations in the Maldives. We would like to convey to you the confidence, safety, convenience and of course, the Blue Force Fleet premium quality guarantee.

We are intensively working to meet all the official new protocols to prevent the COVID-19 and we have added some extra requirements for the common good of guests and staff onboard our vessels and of course for the sake of the diving travel industry. The most important one will be the added measure of a compulsory PCR test with negative result done no more than 3 days before your arrival.

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Draw sharks 2020

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Win a FREE liveaboard trip!!

by Blue Force Fleet

Win and choose between Maldives or Egypt

Would you like to enjoy a FREE stay in one of the best liveaboards in Maldives and Egypt? This is your chance to get it.

Taking part is very easy.

Just watch the video filmed some days ago onboard Maldives Blue Force One (click in the image)

How many species of sharks can you see in the video: 1, 2, 3, 4…?

Send us your contact information and the answer filling the form and you will take part in the draw of one space for one person on board any of Blue Force liveaboard you want on 2020 (flights and taxes non-included) or a discount of 50% if you prefer to travel on 2021.

Good luck! See you in Maldives or Egypt

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