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The Maldives' Cabinet has decided to start "community integrated tourism" inLaamu atoll in south Maldives.

Ministers decided to develop the coastline of Laamu atoll Gan, which isinterconnected to nearby islands, for "mid-market tourism", according to thePresident's Office.
The plan was adopted by the Cabinet after a proposalsubmitted by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture titled the 'TourismDevelopment Plan of South Central Province.' Details of the project are to bemade available at a later date, according to Maldives Traveller.
At 7.8km in length and 3.4 km in width, Gan is the longest island in the Maldives'archipelago. The island is home to indigenous flora and fauna and is site tomany historical and archaeological artifacts dating from Maldives' pre-Islamicera.


Maldives' rebranding exercise this year is with a vision to attract one milliontourists to the archipelago each year, Minister of Tourism Dr. Mariyam Zulfa hasrevealed.

"We are working on rebranding the Maldives tourism industry with the initiativetaken by President Mohamed Nasheed. If my information is correct, the Presidentaims to bring in one million tourists," she was quoted as saying by localpress.
There is no deadline on the project and the rebranding exercise isnow pending with the Cabinet.
About three slogans have now being designedto replace the current slogan, "Maldives - the sunny side of life," according tothe local Haveeru Daily.
The earlier slogan has been in use for 11 yearsand the President will announce the new slogan at the ITB or the Cannes FilmFestival in France, said Dr. Zulfa, adding that the slogan will be finalised inMarch.


The FINANCIAL -- TUI AG awarded this year’s International Environmental Award tothe Maldives; the winner is the Eco Centre on the Maldives island of Kuramathiin the Rasdhoo atoll. The prize is worth 10,000 euros and this year has beenawarded for work in protecting the coral reefs.

The Eco Centre, headed by Dr Reinhard Kikinger, has been fully committed formore than 10 years to protecting the coral reefs in the Maldives. Coral reefsare one of the world’s most biodiverse systems, but at the same time are alsoone of the most sensitive ecosystems. The International Environmental Award wasgranted in the presence of the President of the Maldives, MohamedNasheed.
 "Water pollution and over exploitation through tourism can leadto irreparable damage. The compelling concept of the Kuramathi Eco Centre forbringing nature conservation and tourism into harmony is based on research, thesustainable use of resources and the raising of public awareness, which areperformed in cooperation with TUI and the local population,” said TUI.
From the very beginning TUI was involved in the commitment of theresearch centre as an important partner playing a catalytic role. A projectcurrently being undertaken is the production of a computer animated short filmfor tourists highlighting sustainable behaviour in coral reefs. Several times aweek video presentations are shown revealing the coral reefs habitat.
Ontop of that are microscopic demonstrations which provide tourists with aninsight into concealed worlds. And guided snorkelling safaris reveal the beautyof and also the threats facing the underwater world. Moreover, the Eco Centrecooperates with the school on the neighbouring island of Rasdhoo, according toTUI.
Following the coral bleach after the el Niño, Ali Noordeen, Directorof Universal Resorts, founded the Eco Centre in 1999. His aim was to explain thefragile eco system in the Maldives and help to protect it by informing andeducating tourists.


Four Seasons has launched a programme of technical and vocational training atits two Maldives properties - Landaa Giraavaru and Kuda Huraa. The certifiedFour Seasons Apprenticeship programme is aimed at young Maldivians who wish toenter the spa and hotel industries.

The group signed a partnership agreement last year with the Maldives governmentwhich recognises the Four Seasons Apprenticeship Programme as agovernment-accredited curriculum, with competency standards and qualificationsthat have received national recognition and certification.
The brainchildof Armando Kraenzlin, regional vice president and general manager of FourSeasons Resort Maldives, the programme's objective is to provide apprenticeswith a firm platform of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to performsuccessfully in the tourism industry in the Maldives.
Classroom sessions- designed to cover materials being taught in practice - are presented by seniorhotel managers with many years of international experience in the spa and deluxehotel industries.


When you are looking for Maldives holidays cheap options, an all-inclusivevacation is a good idea.

One of the most attractive resorts is the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spawhich offers guests luxury Maldives holidays in an all-inclusive island locationwith exceptional rooms and suites. You will find that this 4-star resort isextremely well-equipped with stunning views, perfect for a relaxing getaway andromantic honeymoon -- an ideal setting to enjoy the Maldives holidays experienceand explore the endless white sandy beaches and warm bluesea.
All-inclusive Maldives holidays are increasingly popular as all yourtravel arrangements, hotel accommodation, and food and drink are included in theprice! Maldives holidays all-inclusive is a great way to save money and enjoythe luxury of a first-class resort in a tropical paradise.
PR Web saysthat at the beginning of almost every year, couples and families search aroundfor the best holiday deals and most exotic destinations. Tropical islands suchas the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, have become a popular destination for aromantic getaway or luxurious beach holiday.
Fortunately, it doesn’tmatter whether you are traveling with your family or as a couple - cheapMaldives holidays are a budget-friendly option and  have a fantastic range of hotels and packages to chose from at a price thatsuits you.
There are more than 1,000 individual islands that make up theMaldives. Of these there are approximately 100 that have luxurious touristresorts.
There arelots of things to do here; wonderful beaches, sports offerings, fitness centersand glorious swimming pools. Families find something here to interest everyone.You will also discover delicious cuisine in this resort as well.


A Maldivian delegation visited southwest China's Yunnan province from  11 to 14January 2011, headed by Parliament Speaker Abdulla Shahid who held talks withdirectors of Yunnan's departments of tourism and commerce.

Tourism was without a doubt the key industry of Maldives, Shahid said, addingthat there are currently more than 10,000 Chinese tourists coming to Maldivesevery month.
"The opening flight between Kunming and Male', capitals ofYunnan and Maldives, increased high-level exchanges and commerce cooperationbetween the two countries", he was quoted as saying by China’s Xinhua newsagency.
Yan Youqiong, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of theYunnan provincial People's Congress, said during the meeting that tourism ofChina and Maldives strongly complemented each other.


The Radisson Plaza Resort Maldives, Naagoshi, owned by Three K InternationalPrivate Limited, will open in Quarter Three of 2012. The USD 91 million,281 villa resort will feature 182 land and 99 overwater, contemporary villasdesigned by Hassell, an award winning, multidisciplinary firm, which has beenappointed as architectural, interior and landscape design consultants for theresort.

The Radisson Plaza Resort Maldives, Naagoshi, owned by Three K InternationalPrivate Limited, will open in Quarter Three of 2012. The USD 91 million,281 villa resort will feature 182 land and 99 overwater, contemporary villasdesigned by Hassell, an award winning, multidisciplinary firm, which has beenappointed as architectural, interior and landscape design consultants for theresort.
According to a report in www.asiatraveltips.com, the hotel willhave an overwater Pan Asian restaurant, an all day dining restaurant, apoolside bar and a seafood restaurant. Additional resort facilities will includea gym, a dedicated yoga work out space, a spa with 16 treatment rooms, badmintonand tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a meeting and function room, adiving and water sports centre and butler stations.
Simon Barlow,President, Carlson Hotels, Asia Pacific said, The addition of this resortproperty fuels our Ambition 2015 growth strategy to expand Radisson as avibrant, contemporary and engaging brand in key cities, resort and airportlocations throughout Asia Pacific. 


Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has announced that the company is operating code-share flights to the Maldives in cooperation with Bangkok Airways on the route Bangkok-Maldives-Bangkok.


Flights to the Maldives will be operated at a frequency of three flights perweek on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, utilizing Airbus A319 aircraft, accordingto the E-Travel Blackboard.

“The code-share agreement between THAI andBangkok Airways on the return route from Bangkok to Maldives significantlyoffers more travel opportunities for passengers who book and travel with THAI,”said Mr. Weerawat Swasdibutra, THAI General Manager for Sri Lanka and theRepublic of Maldives. “Through this code-share arrangement, more passengers willbe able to travel to the Maldives and experience the renown pure beauty of theIndian Ocean archipelago at its best.”

THAI currently serves 71destinations worldwide in 34 countries spanning five continents. It operatesflights to cities in Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, People’s Republic ofChina, Indian sub-continent, Australasia, and the United States.

The newcode-share services between THAI and Bangkok Airways on the route Bangkok toMaldives took effect on 30 December 2010.

India’s largest state-owned power producer National Thermal Power Corporation(NTPC) is eyeing Maldives for establishing solar power projects.

“NTPC is conducting feasibility study in Maldives to explore the potential ofthe island nation for setting up solar power projects. The final report isexpected in the next 3-4 months,” the Times of India reported.
"As ofnow, we are looking at Maldives for setting up solar power projects... and itwill finalize in 3-4 months," the company CMD Arup Roy Choudhury was quoted assaying.
The move would enhance the thermal power generator's greenfootprint. However, he declined to give a figure on the investment that thecompany would make in Maldives.
"Let the (feasibility) report come thenwe will see," Choudhury added.



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