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Maldives has participated the MAKTA Fair held in Helsinki from 21 to 24 January 2010. The Nordic Travel Fair in Finland was participated by Maldives tourism industry with the collaboration of Maldives Tourism Promotion Board. The Fair saw altogether 1,233 exhibitors from 73 countries.

In 2009, Maldives welcomed 8,095 visitors from Scandinavia which accounts for 1.2 percent of the total 655,852 visitors. Maldives’ main concentration at the MAKTA Fair included pitching the island state for the “New7Wonders of Nature”. 



TripAdvisor reviewers have voted Diva, Naiade’s luxury resort in the Maldives, third in the ‘Romantic Hotels in Asia’ category of the 2010 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards. With Indonesian and Thai resorts occupying first and second place, Diva at Dhidhoofinolhu in Ari Atoll is rated the best resort for romance in the Maldives; a destination renowned for its serenity and beauty and beloved of honeymooners. The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award is the third international award for Diva, since opening in 2008. It follows Diva being named the best hotel in the Indian Ocean in Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2009; and ‘Hideaway of the Year Award 2008’ by prestigious German magazine, Hideaway.

Diva Maldives is one of the largest islands in the Maldives, 1.8 km long and 200 m across. It is a real haven of tranquility, with lush tropical vegetation running alongside 4 km of white sandy beaches. The island is surrounded by a magnificent, sheltered lagoon, rich in marine life, with the wonderful spectacle of rays and colourful tropical fish swimming around. In the heart of this beautiful setting, Naïade has added a new jewel in its crown, Diva Maldives. It is a masterpiece, combining the natural beauty of Maldives and a tropical outdoor style of life, close to nature, with refined luxury and elegance.
Described as 'heavenly', 'a paradise', 'the trip of a lifetime' and 'a true treat', Diva received rave reviews from those sharing their travel experiences on TripAdvisor. With its unique design, seven sublime restaurants and bars, five exclusive room categories, and the Infinity Spa offering sensual treatments on land and over water, Diva embodies a new definition of unparalleled comfort and luxury. Now in its eighth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards honour the world’s best hotels, as chosen by those who know them best: the travellers themselves. Unlike any other hotel awards programmes in the world, the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards are based on the millions of real, unbiased reviews and opinions on tripadvisor.com and content from across the web.

Korean Air has announced it will operate a total of 24 direct charter flights between Incheon and the Maldives four times a week between April 25 and June 4. Maldives is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the Indian Ocean for Koreans.

Formerly, Koreans travelling to the Maldives had to change flights in Singapore and the total travel time was around 15 hours. The new direct service from Korea's largest airline will reduce travel time to around 9 hours, the airline said.
Korean Air plans to introduce regular flight services to the Maldives if demand for the flights to the island nation increases.

We are pleased to inform you that we in collaboration with Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) will be taking part in the forthcoming FITUR FAIR 2010 to be held in Madrid, Spain from the 20th  to 24th Jan 2010.

If you wish to arrange appointments, please contact us via e-mail to sales@crowntoursmaldives.com
Furthermore, we would highly appreciate if you could take some time off your busy schedule to visit us at:
IFEMA Feriade Madrid, Spain
Dates: 20th – 24th January 2010
Maldives Stand Number: 2C 05 Hall No 02.
Crown Tours Participants:
Director Marketing: Mr. Ally Ahmed
It would be our pleasure to welcome you at our stand and offer you any assistance required!

Louis Cruise in association with the Space Technology & EducationPvt Ltd (SPACE) is organising India’s first Eclipse Cruise on boardAquamarine, which leaves here for the Maldives on January 13.

The longest annual solar eclipse of the third millennium will be visible from South India and the Maldives on the January 15. The annularity will be visible for 10 minutes and 46 seconds. The eclipse will start at 10:15:20 (Maldives local time) peaking at 12:25:43 (MLT) and ending at 13:23:14 (MLT).
A Star Party will be hosted aboard Aquamarine from where participants would be able to explore the mysteries of the sky and the universe, and identify the zodiac signs and constellations.

The Maldives government is to receive bid proposals this week to develop Male' International Airport.

Eight parties have shown interest after the government said that developing the airport should be opened to the private sector.
The Ministry of Economic Development earlier said that the cost of developing the airport is prohibitive.

Local airline MALDIVIAN is to widen travel to more international destinations, the company has announced.

MALDIVIAN will acquire a Boeing 737 to travel the new routes which include Dubai, Dhaka, Mumbai and Madras. Presently the airline flies to Trivandrum and Colombo.
To expand local domestic transfer operations, MALDIVIAN is also currently negotiating with the developers of a regional airport in Baa atoll which already has resorts in operation.

Maldives is among the countries currently benefiting from an increase in the number of international tourists to Asia Pacific region.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) released figures which showed that in October 2009, visitors to the region increased by 2.2 percent compared to the year-ago period.
"The growth rate of 2.2 per cent achieved in October is by far the best year-on-year improvement in a very depressed year," said Kris Lim, director of PATA's Strategic Intelligence Centre.
PATA also predicted strong visitor numbers for November and December 2009 once the final figures are in.


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