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The best Instagramable stops on your UK city break

If you’re like me and love to explore or always have your camera in hand then you’ve come to the right place for inspiration! Make your UK city break even more amazing by visiting these must-see stops, maybe you’ll even get a few extra likes on your Instagram post too.

 

The Sky Garden (London)

Located at the top of the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building, better known as 20 Fenchurch Street, you can get a 360 degree view of the beautiful city below.

The public gardens are landscaped across three floors with viewing decks and open rooftop terraces, making this the perfect stop on your UK city break holiday! Book a free visit to wander through this stunning must-see spot in the heart of London.

 

The Kitty Café (Nottingham, Leeds & Birmingham)

Are you cat-crazy or looking to take a furry friend home? These amazing cafés are the place for it! Get up close and personal by cuddling them and playing with toys or enjoy a coffee while the cats do their own thing… after all, you’re in their home.

Each cat is rescued and fully cared for by these cafés, so all you need to worry about is getting that puur-fect selfie with your new buddy!

 

The City Walls (York)

If the cobbled streets and quirky buildings of York haven’t found you the shot you’re looking for, then a stroll along the City Walls certainly will! With views of the city, gothic cathedral, River Ouse and surrounding parks, it’s not to be missed when in York.

 

God’s Own Junkyard (London)

Looking to explore something completely bonkers? Get lost in the neon light of God’s Own Junkyard from 6pm every Friday to Sunday!

Located in Walthamstow and just a short walk from Wood Street overground, you’ll be dazzled by the bright lights of this junkyard maze! This really is one for the Instagram.

 

The Botanist (Newcastle)

This fantastic restaurant/bar in the heart of the city is the perfect setting for your next social media post!

With  ambient, industrial vibes you’ll feel totally relaxed here! In the summer, admire the rays of sunshine as they twinkle through the glass-dome roof. And in the winter, watch as the snow settles slowly in the same spot, creating a magical photo opportunity not to be missed.

 

The Wonky Pub (Birmingham)

Why go to Italy to lean on the Tower of Pisa when you can create your very own version at The Crooked House, better known as The Wonky Pub?

Located in Dudley, this optical illusion pub not only serves appetising food and top quality ales from the region, but also makes for a hilarious Instagram post with the door, walls, windows and roof leaning to one side.

 

Beach Huts (Brighton)

If you fancy a dip or just want to model your new swimsuit, the Brighton Beach Huts are the place for you! The seafront is lined with tiny huts all painted in bright and bold designs which really brings the beach to life. Taking a snap here will fill your Instagram with colourful beachy vibes.

 

The Banksy Tunnel on Leake Street (London)

Here you’ll find a hidden social hub for street artists and graffitists. You can take a short walk from Westminster Bridge or Waterloo underground station to stumble upon this vibrant tunnel.

People from all over the world have come here to make their mark on these underground walls. Actually, not just the walls… floor, celling, bins, hand rails… you name it, it’s been painted (and makes for a great Instagram post)!

 

 

Use the comments below to let me know if you found this inspiring! Or, maybe there’s something Instagrammable in the UK I don’t know about, that you do?

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Look Forward To Your Evenings In These 3 Amazing Bars In Kandy Sri Lanka

Kandy is definitely one of the most happening places in Sri Lanka that is visited by tourists. The capital of ancient kings is famous for tea plantations and rainforests, most of all the sacred Temple of Buddha Tooth Relic. If you are wondering whether bars in Kandy, Sri Lanka are famous or not, then don’t worry. You will have a great time chugging beers and enjoying the laid back atmosphere. Whether you are traveling solo or with a spouse, you will find chilled out places where you can relax and enjoy […]

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Banyan Tree Resorts Organizes Malé City Cleanup on International Coastal Cleanup & World Cleanup Day 2019

Marking 25 years as a responsible hospitality organization, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru organized a cleanup in the Maldives’ capital city Malé, supporting both the International Coastal Cleanup and World Cleanup Day 2019.

The Maldives is somewhat of a haven, pristine white sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees and endless blue sky that melts into the aqua-marine waters, surrounding some 1,200 islands that are scattered across the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, it is easy to overlook the current challenges being faced to maintain this picture-perfect, diverse and abundant ecosystem. Each year, 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into our oceans, with the Maldives being especially impacted; since only 1 percent of the entire Maldives is covered with the land while 99 percent is open ocean. Like a giant sieve, these fragile coral islands sift through the marine garbage circulating the Indian Ocean. One only needs to walk around the shorelines of these islands or beside the ferry terminals in the capital city Malé to experience the issues faced by the country, in regard to effective waste management.

Cleaning activities organized by Banyan Tree, and held in collaboration with local partners and communities, aim to remediate and cleanse local surroundings, to maintain the pristine environment for all society to enjoy. Banyan Tree aims to conduct a minimum of four clean-ups per year to raise awareness about effective waste management. So far in 2019, over one tonne of waste has been collected with the help of more than 750 people; engaging local councils, community members, school children and both guests and associates from the two Banyan Tree properties in North Male’ Atoll. The organization believes that it is essential to raise awareness about the importance of responsible consumption and production to combat the wider problem. Since pledging to become single-use plastic free on Earth Day 2018, the two Banyan Tree properties have achieved a combined total reduction of 75% of targeted categories of single-use plastic items, including the complete elimination of items such as straws, plastic bottles, cocktail stirrers, takeaway containers and disposable cutlery. The ambitious target of eliminating 100% of single-use plastic items across all 43 Banyan Tree Properties worldwide, remains the ultimate goal.

This year, the Banyan Tree Group celebrates its 25th Anniversary, a significant milestone marking its unique journey rooted in sustainability, from the very first Banyan Tree property – an abandoned tin mine in Phuket that began with a painstaking task of cleansing and remediating the toxic and polluted land surrounding. This led to the creation of Asia’s first and largest integrated resort, Laguna Phuket. In memory of this feat, Banyan Tree Maldives has organized a cleanup on Malé, on the 21st of September, aligning with the International Coastal Cleanup and World Cleanup Day 2019. This is being organized and conducted in collaboration with valued partners: the American Center Maldives (ACM), and Maldives Girl Guides Association (MGGA), Dive Desk, Let’s Do It Maldives (World Cleanup Day) and Parley; who share the same philosophies about environmental conservation and social empowerment. By rallying together with those who share a common goal, collecting and documenting the trash that litters the coastline of Malé, Banyan Tree and its partners strive to protect, conserve and preserve the environment for the future generations to come.

Individuals or groups who are interested in joining the International Coastal Cleanup and World Cleanup Day are invited to be present at Alimas Carnival on Saturday, the 21st of September 2019 at 08:30am. All participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles to the cleanup event to ensure a minimal plastic footprint.

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Luxurious JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa set to open on Nov 1

Marriott International has announced the opening of luxurious JW Marriot Maldives Resort and Spa to be on 01st November 2019.

JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa is a 55 minutes flight from Velana International Airport (VIA) and is 192 km away from Male’ City. The resort contains 68 water villas, each with its own private pool. JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa also contains a rooftop restaurant, a spacious wine cellar, a kids club and a vibrant reef showing the marine beauty of the Maldives as per the General Manager, Mr. Marc Gussing.

Marriott International is the largest hotel chain in the world running 422 hotels in 60 different countries. The opening of JW Marriot Maldives Resort and Spa will be the first of their premier luxury brand in the Maldives. It will be their fifth property. Marriott’s brands already present in the Maldives include St. Regis Hotels & Resorts (The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort), W Hotels (W Maldives), Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa), and Westin Hotels & Resorts (The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort).e resorts in the Maldives before the two companies merged.

 

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa wins ‘Best Hotel in Asia’ & 5th place in ‘Best Hotels in the World’

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa wins the ‘Best Hotel in Asia’ and has been ranked in 5th place in the ‘Best Hotels in the World’ category in the 2019 Luxury Lifestyle Magazine Readers’ Travel Awards.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is a resort surrounded by a shimmering turquoise lagoon, pristine white sandy beaches and swaying palms in North Malé Atoll. This 5-star resort offers endless water recreation including diving, snorkelling, boating, sailing, jet skiing and more. Located 15-20 minutes away from Velana International Airport and 1km away from the nearest inhabited island, this Maldives family resort showcases 176 hotel rooms, beach bungalows and overwater villas, many with private pools. Guests can choose to dine-in from seven hotel restaurants and bars, featuring International cuisine, island views and signature cocktails.

The Luxury Lifestyle Magazine Readers’ Travel Awards is run by the Luxury Lifestyle Magazine association with Blue Bay Travel. They stated that this year the results are based on the opinions of 74,915 readers clamouring to nominate their picks of some of the industry’s most astonishing travel destinations and show-stopping hotels, across a variety of travel-related categories. This year marks the 2nd year for this annual prestigious award.

 

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Dusit Thani Maldives appoints Swiss hospitality veteran Thomas Weber as General Manager

Dusit Thani Maldives has appointed Thomas Weber as its new General Manager.

Thomas joins Dusit Thani Maldives from Planhotel Hospitality Group, where he had served as the General Manager for the Swiss hotel company’s two resorts in Maldives — Diamonds Athuruga and Thudufushi — since 2016, and later as the Regional General Manager for the Maldives.

The Swiss hospitality veteran, who grew up in a small ski resort in Switzerland, brings almost three decades of experience in the hospitality industry. He started his career as an apprentice chef after school, working in different kitchens. From there, he went to hotel management school, which marked the beginning of his formal career in hospitality.

Thomas left Switzerland in 1991 to work at Hilton Hong Kong as a Restaurant Manager. After that, he went onto work as the Senior Assistant F&B Manager at The Table Bay Hotel Cape Town in South Africa, followed by an F&B Manager posting at Hilton Nairobi. After about four years in Africa, he went to India to work as the Executive Assistant Manager at Leela Palace Kempinski in Goa. He spent a little over three years there before going back to South Africa in 2003 to take up his first General Manager position at Kurland Hotel and Polo Club.

Since then, Thomas had served as the General Manager at Movenpick Resort Al Nawras in Jeddah, Movenpick Hotel and Spa in Bangalore, Oberwaid Kurhotel and Privatklinik in Switzerland, Diamonds Thudufushi and Athuruga in the Maldives, and now at Dusit Thani Maldives.

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa atoll — the Maldives’ first ever
UNESCO biosphere reserve — Dusit Thani Maldives blends gracious Thai
hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of the Maldives. This
luxury island resort comprises 94 villas encircled by white sandy
beaches, a stunning 360 degree house reef and a turquoise lagoon. With a
unique combination of beach and lagoon accommodation, Dusit Thani
Maldives provides an unmatched luxurious escape for all travellers.

The resort offers a 360 degree vibrant house reef compliment with a
turquoise lagoon, a 750-square metre infinity swimming pool with a lush
Banyan tree in the centre, five restaurants and bars with breathtaking
views and a Kids Club that is committed to making children’s dreams come
true.

The award-winning Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Maldives encompasses
six deluxe treatment pods, which sit elevated amongst the island’s palm
trees. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, the
spa has also developed two stunning ground level treatment rooms.
Manicure and pedicure-dedicated area, private outdoor pool, steam and
sauna are exclusively available for spa guests.

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Maldives hosts ‘Journey to the Sunny Side’ roadshows in Germany, Austria

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has kicked off dedicated roadshows in Germany and Austria as part of its “Journey to the Sunny Side” roadshow series.

The roadshows are being held in three prominent cities in Germany, including Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich from September 16-18, and in the Austrian capital of Vienna on September 19.

The four-city roadshow aims to maximise the Maldives’ brand exposure in the German speaking market. This event serves as a platform for industry partners to showcase their products and network with top travel trade partners, in a bid to increase tourist arrivals from these target markets.

Seven companies from the Maldives’ tourism industry have participated in these roadshows to create potential opportunities and to further strengthen the relationship with German and Austrian tour operators.

In addition to the destination presentation and one-to-one networking sessions, a raffle draw winner is chosen from each city to spend a complimentary holiday in the Maldives, with sponsorship from LUX* North Male Atoll.

The roadshows in Germany and Austria are the sixth event in the “Journey to the Sunny Side” series, a marketing campaign launched by MMPRC in 2019.

“MMPRC has received excellent support from Maldives industry partners to the ‘Journey to the Sunny Side’ series roadshows in 2019,” a statement issued by MMPRC read.

Based on the arrival figures for first half of this year, Germany is ranked fifth amongst the highest performing source markets, accounting for 7.2 per cent of the total arrivals with 71,479 tourists. This is a 10.4 per cent increment over the first six months of 2018.

With a total of 13,415 tourist arrivals, the Austrian market also recorded a growth of 9.3 per cent in the January-June period compared to the same period last year.

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Evie and Joseph’s Treasure Hunt

When Rob and Neil Buxton contacted us for help, we knew it was something special.

George’s wife Janine had died suddenly in March. Her two children, Evie and Joseph were devastated. George, struggling to cope, cancelled the planned family holiday in June as well.

Family friend Rob worked with George and knew how difficult it was. As a kind gesture, he offered to take George, Evie and Joseph to Orlando.

However, they wanted it to be surprise. The plan was for the children to find out with a treasure hunt that would go through Manchester Airport. When they asked if our crew would help, we leaped at the chance to be involved in Evie and Joseph’s treasure hunt.

It took a few months of planning, but you can watch the results below! (Have some tissues handy)

The video has already had lots of positive reactions on our social media channels, with most people in tears!

As an added bonus as well, we have gorgeous photo of Evie out in Walt Disney World Resort dressed as a princess!

Princess Evie

We’d like to thank The Clayton Hotel, Manchester Airport and our crew for being involved and helping out!

If you fancy flying out to Orlando yourself, you can can visit here: https://www.thomascookairlines.com/en/cheap-flights/usa/orlando/

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Delhi To Himachal Pradesh With Friends? Take Tips From This Gang’s Budget Trip To Dharamshala!

How do you reunite with your college besties to relive old memories and the wonderful things you did together? Duh. You take a trip! And that’s exactly what Ashu and his friends did. Here’s a tale of their thrilling journey from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh and how they made it super special! I had been trying to plan a trip with my college friends for the last 4 years but was always unable to execute it because of some of the other hurdles. With TravelTriangle at our side, we finally […]

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Anvesh’s Experience Will Tell You Why 5 Days In Thailand For Couples Are Totally LIT!

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A destination well known for its beaches, Buddhist temples, spa massages, exciting nightlife and yes, shopping. A place famous for its chicken rice and also for being an inexpensive yet very luxurious destination. Any guesses? Yes, Thailand is being talked about and how! The beaches are as beautiful as it gets and the islands are what dreams are made of. Another interesting thing about this more than perfect destination is the culture and this all was what Anvesh was looking for, for his honeymoon and he says 5 days in […]

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Here’s How You Can Spend 15 Days In Europe Just Like Divya And Her Husband!

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Summer in Europe is something that we see on the bucket list of almost every travel enthusiast. The deeply rooted history of Rome, alluring water transport of Milan, breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of Switzerland, cozy vibes of Interlaken, fairytale towns of Zurich, and many other destinations combine to form the unmatchable atmosphere of Europe. Pleasant weather, lively aura, and the lip-smacking food makes spending 15 days in Europe totally worthwhile. Giving an opportunity for travelers to meet various kinds of people, all from different ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds, Europe is a […]

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Shaleen’s 5-Day Trip To Madhya Pradesh Will Take You Closer To Its Wildlife

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Remember the creative advertisement of Madhya Pradesh that took our hearts away? Well, the place is even more beautiful than what it looks in that ad. From lush green mountains to historical monuments, it has a lot in store for every kind of traveler. It is also known for offering the greatest number of tigers in the whole country and this is one of the major reasons that brought Shaleen to Madhya Pradesh. And he had his dream of witnessing the wildlife accomplished. The trip was truly blissful and one […]

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Sri Lanka Honeymoon In February Was Picture-Perfect For Shilpi And Her Husband!

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Sri Lanka, a land that showcases a stunning amalgamation of various marvels of mother nature including tea plantations that spread the magnificent aroma, forest-clad mountains that take away the breath, pristine beaches that reek of tranquility, and elephants that are happy to be in their habitat. From honeymooners and backpackers to little kids and solo travelers, Sri Lanka welcomes everyone with arms wide open. The ever so pleasant weather and the alluring beauty of this destination are what made Shilpi take a leap and go for Sri Lanka honeymoon in […]

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Two Weeks In Europe: Music Festival, Austrian Beer & Unforgettable Madness With Friends

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“Jab chaar yaar mil jaye to, Euro trip ban jaye ..” Something similar happened with Jyoti and her friends. They had always wanted to take an international trip together. So, when one day they were all hanging out together, they came up with an idea of exploring Europe. Unlike most groups of friends who are still waiting for that Goa trip to happen, Jyoti and her friends went along and spent exciting two weeks in Europe. It’s culture, amazing architecture and the night life. Here is a detail of their […]

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Here’s Why Aditya’s Trip To Munnar With Kids Was An Experience To Remember!

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A hill station that forms when three mountain streams unite. That’s Munnar for you. 1600 metres above sea level, this destination which is now a popular tourist destination was once a summer resort of the British government. Surrounded by emerald green plantations and always misty, this South Indian hill station is made of the same stuff dreams are made of. This phenomenal destination should be on every traveler’s list and when Aditya was looking for a place to take a family trip to he came across Munnar. He says Munnar […]

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Know How An Expedition To Bali In May Was Not Only Romantic But Also Thrilling For This Couple!

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Bali has proved to be one of the best destinations for honeymooners as it is an all-in-one place. Bali is a province in Indonesia that is not only famous for its beach sites but also for its temples, culture, and umpteen places to explore Just like every new couple, Devyash and his wife wanted to plan an ideal honeymoon and they were successful in doing it by booking a honeymoon package with TravelTriangle. They had an unbelievable experience in Bali in May and would like to share how did their […]

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Banyan Tree Resorts Initiates “Connect To Earth from Dusk till Dawn”

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru initiated a monthly event called Connect to Earth from Dusk till Dawn.

Inspired by the Earth Hour Movement, a yearly event celebrated by switching off the lights for one hour, Banyan Tree Resorts Maldives decided to take the movement to the next level and dedicate twelve hours every month to connect to Earth.

The 14th of September 2019 marked the first of what will be a series of Connect to Earth from Dusk Till Dawn, and the monthly occurrence is set to take place during the full moon to take advantage of the moon’s natural luminescence as the two resorts switch off the lights from 6pm until 6am the following day.

“By switching off the lights for one hour, we can make a substantial difference in the energy consumption and we can help reduce the effect of global warming,” says Hicham Najdi, the General Manager of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru. “Just imagine how much more we can save if we switch off the lights for twelve hours every month instead of just one hour every year,” Najdi added.

The resorts dubbed the monthly occurrence as 6to6, taken from the start and end time of the event. The restaurants and bars will be candlelit in the evening and a special full moon in-villa dinner can be arranged for the guests upon request.

An “Under the Full Moon Night Snorkel” with the Marine Lab Team will be organized as part of the 6to6, aiming to give a delightfully unique underwater experience to the guests. The event aims to help raise awareness and show support in sustainable approaches to tackle climate change.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru are located in North Male’ Atoll, just 25 minutes away by speedboat from the airport. The two resorts are just 5 minutes by boat away from each other.

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Economic Ministry To Push Selling Authentic Maldivian Products In Resorts

Economic Ministry has announced that they want to focus on selling authentic Maldivian products in resorts during the inauguration of Fannu Expo 2019 on 16th September.

Speaking at the “Fannu Expo” organized by the Ministry of Economic Development, Minister Fayyaz Ismail highlighted that the ministry wants to pace the way for local producers and provide them opportunities to sell their products in resort souvenir shops. He further added that the ministry along with the business council is working to deploy a special logo to represent the authenticity of Maldivian products.

Fannu Expo is a National level exhibition organized by the Ministry of Economic Development to promote the creative arts & craftsmanship works of the Maldives. The expo is set to be held on 22nd to 28th November 2019 at Dharubaaruge, Kalaafaanu school and Children’s park.

His Excellency Vice President Faisal Naseem Inaugurated Fannu expo 2019.

 

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“Journey to the Sunny Side” Roadshow commences in Germany & Austria

As part of the series of roadshows planned by Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) the “Journey to the Sunny Side” has commenced in Germany & Austria.

The roadshow is being held at three prominent cities in Germany, including Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich from 16-18 September 2019, and in Vienna, Austria on 19 September 2019. Maldives Roadshow in Germany & Austria is the sixth event of the series “Journey to the Sunny Side”; a marketing campaign launched by MMPRC in 2019.

The four-city roadshow targets the German-speaking market to maximize the Maldives brand exposure. This event will serve as a platform for Maldives tourism industry partners to showcase products and network with top travel trade industry partners to increase tourist arrivals from these target markets. Seven companies from the Maldives Tourism Industry have participated in this roadshow to create potential opportunities and to further strengthen the relationship with the German and Austrian tour operators. In addition to the destination presentation and one-to-one networking sessions during the event, a raffle draw winner will be chosen from each city to spend holidays in the Maldives, with sponsorship from LUX* North Male Atoll. MMPRC has received excellent support from Maldives industry partners to the “Journey to the sunny side” series roadshows in 2019.

Based on the Arrival figures of the first half of this year, Germany is ranked fifth for the highest performing markets to the Maldives accounting for 7.2 percent of the total market share with 71,479 tourist arrivals. This is 10.4 percent increment compared to the first six months of 2018. Austria also showed a growth of 9.3 percent with a total of 13,415 tourist arrivals compared to the same period of 2018.

MMPRC plans to further boost the number of arrivals from these markets with additional activities throughout the year.

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Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives brings Mediterranean flavours with ‘Pesto, Pistou’ Menu

Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives brings international guests and local residents flavours of the Mediterranean with the launch of its latest global menu – ‘Pesto, Pistou’.

Marking another gastronomic triumph for a brand synonymous with culinary excellence for more than 70 years, the expert chefs at Mövenpick have perfected a new and innovative range of pesto’s (Italian) and pistous (French) to create seven experimental dishes, available at Latitude 5.5 throughout October 2019.

Chef Deden Permana, who heads the culinary team at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, will lead the kitchen in preparing the Pesto, Pistou based dishes. These two classic European sauces are both based on the aromatic herb, basil, which is harvested in late summer. Savoury favourites will include seared Ahi Tuna with olive, and eggplant pesto and seafood soup with tarragon pistou. For dessert, a sweet treat with a real difference – Bundt cake with chocolate-mint pesto, served alongside a frothy Mövenpick Espresso.

“We are excited to work with these luscious basil-based sauces, introducing them to guests in ways they have not likely experienced before,” said Chef Deden, Executive Sous Chef, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives. “The seasonality of using pesto and pistou is important to us, as basil is traditionally harvested in late summer and preserved into these rich, oil-based sauces that are full of colour, flavour, and healthy omega-3s – perfect for brightening up our cuisine, and our spirits, amid the cooling weather.”

Maciej Gruszecki, General Manager, added: “While our guests and our local fans love to return for their favourite classic Mövenpick dishes, we always seek to surprise and delight with innovative seasonal offerings, or special food-related events. We are certain that our Pesto, Pistou menu will excite the palates of even the most experimental foodies while providing a fitting send-off to summer with a tribute to the flavours that conjure up the Mediterranean sun and sea.”

Pesto and pistou are two versions of a flavourful sauce based on basil, olive oil and cheese. Italian pesto, which originates in Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Italy, is blended from garlic, basil, pine nuts, grated pecorino cheese (or sometimes parmesan) and olive oil while its French cousin, pistou, is a Provençal cold sauce with similar ingredients, but without the pine nuts and with or without cheese.

Mövenpick’s versions add new surprising ingredients to the blend while preserving the essence of both Mediterranean speciality sauces to create seven pesto, pistou-inspired dishes:

  • Ahi tuna with olive and eggplant pesto: pan-seared yellowfin tuna fillet with a modern interpretation of ratatouille, pine nuts and black tapenade.
  • Seafood soup with tarragon pistou: a touch of tarragon and a unique blend of sweet aniseed and mild vanilla bring this speciality seafood dish to life.
  • Tagliolini with walnut-basil pesto: walnuts replace pine nuts to create an imitable new pesto blend that is smooth, sweet and deliciously buttery.
  • Black cod with pesto Rosso: accompanied by risotto, made from aged Acquerello rice to absorb every ingredient and flavour in full.
  • Beef fillet with red cabbage pesto: a traditional winter vegetable, with a sweet edge gives this pesto dish punch.
  • Corn-fed chicken breast with bell pepper pesto: with peas, snow peas, egg, a basmati rice galette and sublime bitter-sweet yellow-red pesto.
  • Bundt cake with chocolate-mint pesto: a timeless German cake with a cool mint and rich chocolate pesto twist, served with a Mövenpick Espresso.
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