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Asia chose Maldives as Best Diving Sites in the World

2009 and 2010 are the Years of Maldives !

Diver in Maldives jumping in lagoon

Diving in Maldives | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

The largest diving and beach resort exhibition in Asia, the Marine Diving Fair, was held in Tokyo Japan, from April 2nd until April 04th 2010.

During this 2 days,  Maldives were awarded twice during the Yearly Dive & Travel Awards 2010 Ceremony. The Awards are based on judgement and votes from the thousands of readers of the 2 famous Diving Magazines “Travel Diver” and “Marine Diving” as a “Reader’s Choice Award”.

At the top of the list this year, Maldives won the Awards for :

  • “Best Diving Area” among very strong candidates as the World famous dive favourites Palau in the Pacific Ocean and Ishigaki Island in Japan ( famous for their 65 beautiful and rich diving sites).
  • “Best Dreaming Area” against the fabulous French Polynesia and one more time Palau.

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Maldives named as second best Asian holiday destination

Maldives Photography by Sakis Papadopoulos

Maldives Photography by Sakis Papadopoulos

Maldives named as second best Asian holiday destination

A global vote by readers of smarttravelasia.com has placed Maldives and Phuket in Thailand as second best Asian holiday destination.

Bali in Indonesia stands first and Kerala as the third best. Kerala is followed by Hong Kong (4th), Bangkok and Hoi An (5th), Boracay, Goa and Langkawi (6th), Chiang Mai and Palawan (7th), Angkor, Shanghai and Tokyo (8th), Dubai and Koh Samui (9th) and Penang and Rajasthan (10th).

This was revealed in the 2009 best in Travel Poll by Smart Travel Asia – the region’s only dedicated online travel magazine which puts the spotlight on ‘inspirational’ brands and travel trends.

Voters polled in 12 categories including Asia’s best business hotels, luxury resorts, spas, destinations, business cities, shopping spots, and the world’s best airlines and airports. The poll was conducted through May-July this year.

Despite poor tourist arrival rates throughout 2009, statistics by the Department of Immigration and Emigration shows that August 2009 shows an increase. The statistics shows that 52,388 tourists visited Maldives in August 2009, while 51,824 tourists arrived in August 2008, registering a 1.1% increase. However, for the period from January to August 2009, a reduction of tourist arrivals by 8.8% was registered compared to the same period last year. During January and August 2009, 415,433 tourists arrived while 455,423 tourists arrived during the same period last year.

From the Asian region 12,085 tourists visited Maldives during August 2009. Chinese arrivals have shown the biggest increase from the region. During August 2009, 6197 Chinese tourists visited Maldives, registering an 80.1% increase.

In addition to the China, tourist arrivals from American region had also increased during August 2009, registering an 11.5% increase.

During the August 2009, tourists had spent 426,063 nights in the Maldives marking a 5.9% reduction. At the end of August 2009 of the 96 resort’s registered 20,614 beds, 85 resorts had operated 19,428 beds. Occupancy rates for August 2009 were at 66.9% and tourists had spent 8.8 nights in the Maldives.

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