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Maldives is seeking to exchange tourism experience with another Indian Ocean island state, the Seychelles.

From Oct 13 to 19, three officials from the Maldives' tourism ministry visited Seychelles and gained firsthand experience of the travel industry of Seychelles.


The Maldives' officials met with their Seychelles counterparts, exchanged information and skills, and visited tourism-related authorities and hotels to gain firsthand information on the success story of Seychelles tourism.

Bandos Island Resort, one of the oldest resorts in Maldives, is to train its staff in the BA and MA courses in hospitality conducted by Maldives Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism from next year.

From 2004 onwards, Bandos will enroll 20 of its staff in the hospitality courses, the resort announced at a ceremony held on Oct 25 to celebrate the awarding of the Presidential Human Resources Development Award to the resort.


Bandos, which has excelled in training of its staff in hospitality skills, also announced that from next year, the resort will open a provident fund for its employees.

When Maldivian Air Taxi first began its service on a beautiful day back in 1993, there were only just four passengers aboard one of its two 16-passenger seaplanes.

Today, after 10 years, the company has a daily average passenger capacity of over 2,000 tourists being shuttled between resort islands and the Male International Airport at Hulhule island.


On Oct 22, at the transit hotel, Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldivian Air Taxi held a special ceremony to mark its 10 years of service in the Maldives.


Now having a fleet of two-digit numbers, the company is not only Maldives' largest tourist domestic career but also the world's largest seaplane operator.

Ms. Aishath Hussain of Maldives has won first place in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality under the program of the Association of Business Executives (ABE).

Ms. Hussain, of M. Mitree Park House in Male', won first place from the second semester of the Diploma course conducted across 180 centers in 49 countries.


The 23-year-old youth, who presently works as an Assistant Desk Officer at the Foreign Ministry, said that she will attempt to repeat the honor during the last semester, and that she plans to move to the tourism field after graduating.


Dr. Mahmood Shaugy, the Deputy Education Minister, has given a special award to her in recognition of her distinction and honor.


Ms. Hussain is undertaking her ABE program at the privately run Clique Training Center in Male'.


Among the countries where the ABE program is conducted include United States, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand.

Tourist arrivals to the Maldives from Italy increased by 28 percent during the January-September 2003 period.

This is an increase of 23,678 tourists compared to arrivals from the same period last year, according to statistics released by the Tourism Ministry. This September, 107,027 Italian tourists were recorded.


Overall, tourist arrivals to the Maldives marked an increase of 17.4 percent this year compared to the same period of last year.

The government has completed surveying uninhabited islands from all the atolls of the Maldives for prospects of tourism development.

The last islands were surveyed from Thaa atoll, according to Tourism Minister Hassan Sobir.


During the survey, the length and the breadth, and the quality of the beach and reefs, and space available for guestrooms were taken into account, Sobir said.


Under the "Maldives Vision 2020", President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has said that tourism will be expanded to all regions of Maldives.

Tourist arrivals to the Maldives increased by 17 percent from January to September 2003 period, the Tourism Ministry said.

Tourist arrivals totaled 405,884 during the January-September period this year compared to the same period last year when tourist arrivals were recorded at 345,676, the ministry said in statistics released.


This year's September itself recorded a 13.1 percent increase in tourist arrivals to Maldives compared to last year's month of September.

Crown Tours Maldives will be participating at the coming World Travel Market to be held at ExCeL, London, from 10 - 13th November 2002.

We will be participating together with the Maldives Promtion Board at the stand AS-1080.


If you would like to meet any of our representatives please notify us by email to sales@crowntoursmaldives.com


Thank you, see you soon at WTM!

The 2nd national windsurfing championship, organized by Windsurfing Association of Maldives, concluded Saturday, Oct 11, at Kuda Bandos, an excursion island run by Bandos Island Resort.

In the Speed Slalom category, Nu-uman Abu Bakr from Bandos became the champion. The second place winner was Ahmed Didi of Laguna resort, while in third place was Adam Faisal from Bandos. In the Free Style category, Ahmed Ushan of Lohifushi resort won first place while last year's champion, Ismail Nasir of Kurumba Village resort, came second.


Last year's second place winner, Ahmed Mamdooh of Full Moon Beach resort, came third place this time. Sports Minister Dr. Mohamed Zahir Hussain was the chief guest at the championship.


The two-day event was participated by 23 contestants. It was sponsored by the Sports Ministry, Maldives Olympic Committee, Maldives Swimming Association, Comtronics, Inner Maldives, Sultan of the Seas, SAS Lounge, Foco energy drink, Villa Photo and Bandos Island Resort.

PADI Europe on Saturday, Oct 11, gave certificates to successful participants of the Instructor Development Course (IDC) conducted to train dive masters to diving instructor level.

At a ceremony at Mookai Hotel in Male', PADI's regional manager of Maldives, Thomas Sobotta handed over certificates to 9 participants who passed, out of the total 11 who participated the course.


Two German instructors also participated the 12-day course conducted by Hussain Rasheed, PADI's regional course director stationed in the Maldives.


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