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    Maldives to welcome Indian travellers from July 15, Maldives

    Indians, who have been waiting to travel to the Maldives, there’s good news for them. The Maldives government has announced plans to resume visa-on-arrival for Indian travellers starting July 15. Travellers will have to carry a negative RT-PCR COVID test report to enter the country, informed the Maldivian Tourism Ministry during a press conference. The press conference was organised in the President’s Office, where President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih made the announcement that the country will resume issuing tourist visas to South Asian travellers. Maldives Ministry of Tourism also took to Twitter and tweeted, “Maldives will start issuing on-arrival tourist visas starting 15th July to tourists travelling from South Asia. Tourists…

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    No decision yet on Indian consulate in Addu Atoll: Solih

    The Maldives has made no decision on opening an Indian consulate in its southern Addu Atoll, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said on Tuesday, a fortnight after the Indian Cabinet cleared a proposal for it. The President remarked on the proposed Indian consulate, during a press conference on the COVID-19 situation in the country, spokesman Mabrook Azeez told The Hindu from capital Male. “He [Mr. Solih] pointed out that having multiple sites offering consular services in one country is quite common,” Mr. Azeez said. President Solih’s comments appeared to keep the option open, amid an ongoing “#SaveAddu” social media campaign by a section of Maldivians sceptical of another Indian mission presence,…

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    Maldives Tourism News: Indian becomes the top source market for tourist arrivals in Maldives

    India has emerged as the top source market for Maldives with visitors from the country surpassing visitors from other countries. Maldives’ Minister of tourism, Dr Abdulla Mausoom explained how post lockdown, Indian tourist arrival in the island country was higher than Russia, which was earlier the key market. Indian tourists account for over 23 per cent tourist arrivals in Maldives with 44,039 Indian visitors as of February this year as compared to 40,698 visitors from Russia. Mausoom, on a visit to India told ToI that Maldives expects bigger tourist numbers from India for the coming year and plans to pitch the island nation as a lucrative investment destination. Tourism minister…

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    A new island of hope rising from the Indian Ocean

    Maldivian authorities counter the idea that this is basically a tropical rubbish dump, albeit rather vaguely. “All measures to minimise the impact of construction on the environment are monitored by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) of the Maldives,” Ahmed told me. While Hulhumalé is being fashioned primarily to improve the lives of Maldivians, its City of Hope also aims to be a beacon for a new cohort of tourists interested in more than just lying in a beachside resort bubble. A 2018 World Finance report, for example, highlights the potential for medical and sports tourism tied into upcoming projects such as the Maldives’ first multi-specialist hospital, water theme park and…

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    Kenya bets big on Indian market in 2021

    The post Kenya bets big on Indian market in 2021 appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Kenya is welcoming Indian tourists into the destination to sample the unique Kenyan tourism products in 2021. As a key source market, Kenya is banking on India to boost its international tourism numbers during the year. Official statistics from the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife indicate that Kenya registered a total of 122,649 travellers from the Indian market in 2019. In 2020, statistics for the period between January to October, the total number of tourist arrivals into Kenya from India was 25,251. The decline is attributed to the travel restrictions imposed…