The Maldives was named as runner up in the ‘Best Islands Destination’ category at the Condé Nast Traveller’s 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards, which was held at the Ham Yard Hotel in London on 3rd September 2018.

The annual awards are voted for by readers of Condé Nast Traveller and this marks the third year that the Maldives has been recognised by the luxury travel publication, following the destination’s win in the ‘Best Islands’ category in 2014 and 2016 and in ‘The Best Islands for Places to Stay’ category in 2017.

The runners up award was accepted by the Maldives’ Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Mr Ahmed Shiaan, who said: “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be amongst the top three destinations for the best islands in the world. To be recognised as a sought-after holiday destination by a leading international travel brand is incredible. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Condé Nast Traveller for organising this prestigious awards ceremony and to all of those who have voted for the Maldives. We hope to continue to maintain our reputation and remain an attractive holiday destination for all.”

The UK continues to represent one of the most important inbound markets for tourism to the Maldives and thanks to its world-class tourism industry, the country has continued to see a notable increase in the number of UK visitor figures over the years, including an 11% increase in UK arrivals during the first six months of 2018, when compared to the same period of last year.

The Indian Ocean destination will celebrate major infrastructure developments and several new tourism developments during the final months of 2018 and into 2019, including the opening of several new resorts by the end of the year and the recent opening of Sinamalé Bridge, which now connects the capital island of Malé to Velana International Airport’s island of Hulhulé. Next year will also see the continued development of the multi-island Crossroads project, which will become the largest integrated leisure and entertainment destination in the Indian Ocean.

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Image 1: The Maldives’ runner up award was accepted by the Maldives’ Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Mr Ahmed Shiaan.
Image 2: Ambassdor Shiaan with the Maldives’ award at the Condé Nast Traveller’s 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards.

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