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Closure of the Borders in 2020 – a lost opportunity for the Maldivian tourism sector.

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Maldives, famous for its sunny weather and white  sandy beaches with crystal clear water,  is a true paradise on earth. And unarguably, this natural beauty is the main source of income for the island nation, in the form of its ever blooming tourism industry.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the whole world to shut themselves in, with the closure of the international borders. Maldives also closed off their border, shutting down the tourism industry for the first time since its inception in 1972.

But, was it really necessary to shut down the tourism industry? Or was there an alternative to this?

Maldives is a tiny island nation with thousands of islands scattered across the sea geographically isolated from each island by a deep ocean or a shallow lagoon . Is there be a better place on earth than the Maldives to go during a pandemic ?

The government of Maldives truly lost a valuable opportunity to introduce a new form of tourism when it decided to shut down the tourism industry in 2020.

Private island concept

As I mentioned above Maldivian resort  islands are geographically isolated from each other while the “one island one resort” concept still stands, meaning no locals will live on those resort islands.. Naturally this means that it’s already a private island where tourists can enjoy their holidays or in this case could have acted as a safe haven for those who can afford, to hide out from the COVID-19.

Maldives , well known for its ultra-luxury tourism industry is well prepared to cater for such a scenario in terms of world class facilities.

Question is, why didn’t the government allow billionaires & celebrities to come and spend some quality time with their family and friends by booking a whole island for themselves? While this concept was successfully implemented in other tourist destinations. Such as the famous case when the Thai King isolated himself with his concubines after booking a whole facility for himself.

Local tourism

Local tourism saw a boom in many countries, especially in china where hundreds of millions of people travelled to different areas of the country for different occasions instead of going abroad since the country was in locked down. This aided China during the hardest period of the pandemic making it the first country to manage and to recover its economy and get on its feet.

The Maldives could have also used a similar the same approach. Had they have focused on this the internal economy of the nation would have flourished and people would have received some income. This would have also affected many resorts in that they could have managed without firing the local employees, which forced the government a close to half a billion Maldivian Ruffiiya on income support allowance.

End result

Maldivian tourism is considered as a benchmark by countries. Its considered as an innovator where others come and see what’s new in tourism or how they can change their tourism industry. It’s no surprise as the Maldivian tourism industry has been well managed and has been growing steadily and it always took innovation as driving factor in its tourism.

The closure of the tourism industry in 2020 is without a doubt a lost opportunity to launch a new type of tourism in the Maldives. One which could have created a considerable source of income amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Microsoft’s Windows 11 is officially on the way.

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Microsoft has officially announced the next version of Window today, which will be Windows 11. After months of teases and leak, Windows 11 is expected to arrive in the last quarter of this year. Microsoft has promised to make it available as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 users and to new PC’s from this year’s holiday.

Microsoft redesigns the user interface for Windows 11, with a centred Start menu and Taskbar. Live tiles are replaced with a grid of icon that can be rearranged and pinned to Start. There are also new Widgets feature that houses things like your calendar, weather, sports leaderboard, and latest news. System Tray also was improved with a new split Notification and Quick Action user interface.

Microsoft’s Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows + Devices wrote on Microsoft blog “We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease. We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need.”

One of the surprises of the event was Microsoft’s announcement that it will be using Amazon’s Appstore to bring Android apps to Windows 11. Microsoft will be utilizing Intel’s Bridge technology to make Android apps work on Windows 11.

During the closing remarks, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said “Windows recognizes that there is no personal computing without personal agency. Personal computing requires choice, and we need to nurture and grow our own agency over computing itself. We want to remove the barriers that too often exist today and provide real choice and connection.”

He laid out his vision for Windows 11 as a “platform for platform creators,” and in doing so, he issued a subtle but nonetheless stinging critique of Apple.

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E-Learning programme launched by Visit Maldives in the German market

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Visit Maldives has launched an e-learning programme with FVW Akademie, one of the leading media channels for the travel industry in Germany, targeting the travel trade of the German speaking markets.

The programme which is set to run from June till November 2021 will educate the participants by showcasing the Maldives as a safe destination, information on the products, travel guidelines and the latest updates of the current situation said Visit Maldives.

According to the article published in the official Visit Maldives website, Approximately 400 attendees are expected to take part in the programme. To incentivize participation, Maldives will also set to feature in two monthly newsletters of FVW with a raffle draw sponsored by Nakai Dhiggiri Resort at the end of the programme.

“This campaign with FVW e-learning is in line with Visit Maldives strategy to strengthen the destination brand as well as the focused promotion of individual products and experiences.” Said Visit Maldives

Visit Maldives also participated in the virtual edition of ITB Berlin held this March, and is currently in a year-long campaign with Connoisseur Circle targeting the luxury segment in the German speaking countries.

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