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    The Maldives Plans to Reward Tourists With New Loyalty Program

    The Maldives plans on launching a loyalty rewards program come December to boost tourism, which has suffered under the coronavirus pandemic. The “Maldives Border Miles” program says visitors will get points for every border crossing, which will get them various perks and benefits, according to its website. What these perks are has yet to be announced. While nonessential travel is no longer discouraged, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.” Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Destinations around the world hit hard by the pandemic have gotten creative to attract visitors: Barbados, for example, is letting people live and…

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    Maldives is creating a traveler loyalty program

    (CNN) — They won’t just be for airlines and hotels anymore — Maldives is on track to become the first country in the world to have its own hospitality loyalty program. The Maldives Border Miles program will reportedly have three tiers: Abaarana (Gold), Antara (Silver) and Aida (Bronze). The three names all come from Divehi, the Indian Ocean nation’s primary local language. Maldives Immigration, an official government-run Twitter account, made an announcement on September 28: “Maldives Border Miles is a three-tiered loyalty program for tourists. Tourists will earn points based on the number of visits and duration of stay. Additional points will be awarded for visits to celebrate special occasions.”…

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    The Maldives Is Launching the First Loyalty Program for a Country – Robb Report

    The Maldives has been one of the canniest luxury destinations in responding to the pandemic, pivoting to focus on private jet arrivals as it reopened; its already socially distanced resorts enacted stringent, but efficient, protocols—see Soneva, which bought its own PCR testing machine to conduct tests onsite on arrival. The next move is a world-first, which launched this month: the first-ever loyalty scheme for a country. This airline- and hotel-like system could prove pivotal for a country where tourism accounts for almost two-thirds of its GDP. Per a government spokesperson, the system will operate in three tiers, named in the local Maldivian language: Aida (bronze), Antara (silver) and Abaarana (gold)—make…

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    3 Maldives Properties To Visit As 3V Program Encourages Tourism Return To Island Region

    Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Private Island Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi The Maldives is one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world, and a new initiative launched this month is expected to help bring tourists back to the region. The Maldivian government announced the plan to offer travelers vaccinations under the initiative dubbed 3V: “visit, vaccinate and vacation.” In addition to this initiative, travelers to the Maldives won’t be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR-test certificate nor undergo mandatory quarantine, if two weeks have passed since their full vaccination and with proof of a certified completed vaccination certificate. Three properties actively participating in the Maldivian 3V program and…

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    Proposed Phuket Sandbox Program in July: Here’s what you need to know

    The post Proposed Phuket Sandbox Program in July: Here’s what you need to know appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Good news for vaccinated travellers, you may travel to Thailand without the need to quarantine under the proposed Phuket Sandbox Program starting July 1st. The Thai government and Tourism Authority of Thailand encourage all travellers to get inoculated prior to their travel to Thailand. Those who were not vaccinated can still travel to Phuket but must stay in Alternative Local Quarantine (ALQ) for 2 weeks.  Planning to travel to Thailand in July? Here are some of the things you need to know. However, it is important to…