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Fee increased for tourist vessels docking in Maldives

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Anew rule has been gazetted to increase the fees of tourist vessels coming to Maldives.

According to the rules, which were gazetted on Thursday, a tourist vessel must arrive in Maldives after arranging an agent to take care of business for the vessel.

Such agentship shall be available to people who have been authorized by the Customs to act as agents for foreign vessels arriving in Maldives under the prescribed regulations. If the agent assigned to the vehicle changes, the Ministry must be notified within three days of the change.

It shall be the responsibility of the agent in charge of any vessel brought into the Maldives under these rules to pay any fees or taxes payable before the vessel leaves. It is also the responsibility of the agent to obtain the permit and pay the fees as per the new regulations.

If the vessel is larger than 20 metres, the cruising permit holders will be required to pay US$100 per day to the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority during the period of docking the vessel in Maldives. Vehicles smaller than 20 meters will not be charged any fee for 90 days.

In addition, foreign tourist vessels docked and operating in Maldivian territory for more than one year will be allowed to do so upon payment of US$3,500 for renewal of the permit.

The ministry said that if the rules are violated, the violator will be fined a large amount. The rules, gazetted Thursday, impose a fine of $1,000 for the first violation, $2,000 for the second violation and $6,000 for more than two violations.

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Maldivian schedules over 100 additional flights for Eid

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The national airline, Maldivian, is scheduled to conduct over 100 additional flights for the Eid al-Adha holidays, which begins later this month.

A spokesperson from Maldivian told Sun on Thursday that the airline decided to conduct additional flights to meet the rise in demand for domestic travel during the holidays.

As such, the airline plans on conducting more than 100 flights to 16 destinations.

Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, as well as school holidays, see a sharp rise in demand for domestic flights. The national airline conducts additional flights during holidays, to meet the rise in demand.

Maldivian has a domestic fleet of 15 aircrafts.

The decision to increase domestic flights comes after the Maldivian government decided to hold official Eid celebrations in three locations. In:

R. Ungoofaaru
Dh. Kudahuvadhoo
GA. Vilingili

According to the calendar, Eid al-Adha is expected to begin on Monday, June 17. Therefore, Maldivians will receive a long nine-day holiday, with the weekend before, and Hajj Day.

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Chinese Ambassador expects Chinese arrivals to surge in July, August

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The Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives Wang Lixin has announced that a significant increase of Chinese tourists is expected in July and August this year. The statement comes amid a rising number of Chinese tourist arrivals to the Maldives.

Speaking at a press conference at the Chinese Embassy, Ambassador Lixin highlighted that China is already among the top contributors to tourist arrivals in the Maldives. She noted that the number of Chinese tourists is expected to increase during the upcoming Chinese holiday season. She also said that approximately 87,466 Chinese tourists had visited the Maldives as of May 5, representing 11% of the total market share.

Additionally, Ambassador Lixin said that July and August coincide with the school holidays for many Chinese students, prompting a large number of Chinese citizens to travel abroad. As such, she said that a substantial increase in Chinese tourists visiting the Maldives is expected during this period.

Furthermore, Ambassador Lixin said that the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) will have the chance to promote Maldivian tourism at ITB China in May. She described the event as a valuable opportunity for the MMPRC to boost its presence in the Chinese market ahead of the holiday season.

The latest statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism reveal that China has contributed the highest number of tourist arrivals to the Maldives this year. Over 92,000 Chinese tourists had visited the Maldives by May 14, accounting for 11.1% of the total tourist arrivals so far.

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Maldives welcomes nearly 100,000 tourists from China

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Maldives has witnessed a remarkable surge in tourism, with nearly 100,000 tourists welcomed so far this year, spearheaded by a significant influx from China. While China ranked third in tourist arrivals last year, it has ascended to the top spot by May 14 of this year, with 92,773 visitors, comprising approximately 11.1% of total arrivals. Following closely behind is Russia, with 84,162 tourists.

The exponential increase in Chinese tourist arrivals marks a noteworthy shift in travel patterns, considering that China occupied the 27th spot in tourist arrival rankings in the previous year.

Statistics from the Ministry of Tourism reveal a robust uptick in tourism overall, with 833,728 tourists having visited the Maldives by this point in the year, reflecting an impressive 11.6% increase compared to the same period last year.

The top countries contributing to tourist arrivals in the Maldives include China, Russia, the UK, Italy, and Germany. On average, each tourist spends approximately seven days in the Maldives, with an average of 4,263 visitors arriving daily. This consistent influx has spurred the government to set an ambitious target of attracting 2 million tourists by year-end.

To achieve this goal, collaborative efforts between the government and the tourism industry are underway, with various promotional activities planned to showcase the Maldives as an irresistible destination for travelers worldwide.

Source(s): PsmNews

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