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The first round of the Oxbow World Longboard Tour Maldives was held on Monday at the famous surf point, Pasta Point, Chaaya Island, North Male' atoll.

The contest is the final stop on the 2009 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Longboard Tour, so the world champion will be determined during this event.
Defending longboard world champion Bonga Perkins of Haleiwa was the standout of the first round.
"It's really good, the surf here; it's a very rippable and a perfect wave that hugs the reef and you can score with great on-face moves and nose rides," Perkins was quoted as saying.

The first British Airways flight BA2043 landed at Male' International Airport on Monday. It arrived from London Gatwick airport.

BA is to operate 3 days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday departing Male' in the afternoon and arriving London Gatwick in the evening.
A traditional ceremony was held at Hulhule island, where Male' International Airport is located a few minutes boat ride from the capital, to welcome the first passengers.
We are delighted to commence nonstop services from Male' to London, UK and thus bring the two countries closer. We hope to bring people to experience the wonders of The Maldives and also provide Maldivians an opportunity to connect with the world. On behalf of British Airways, I would like to thank The Maldivian Tourism Authorities and The Maldivian National Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the very warm welcome and also all the other agencies who made these flights possible, Sriram Narayan, Commercial Development Manager, South Asia was quoted as saying.
New winter routes are from Heathrow to Las Vegas and Gatwick to Montego Bay in Jamaica, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Male' in the Maldives, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt and Innsbruck in Austria.
The new flights will be operated by a three class Boeing 777 offering Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy) cabins.
Customers flying in British Airways Club World will experience the airlines award winning business class featuring the six foot fully flat beds, the Club Kitchen and an on demand flight entertainment system.
British Airways is one of the world's largest and most successful international airlines, carrying approximately 36 million passengers around the world per year.
British Airways has a worldwide route network that covers more than 700 destinations, together with oneworld partners.

Hilton Hotels Corporation has announced the launch of Beach House Maldives, The Waldorf Astoria Collection will now take place on March 1st, 2010.

The re-branding of the Beach House at Manafaru was scheduled to complete on 1 November 2009, however in order to further develop the property to the high standards of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, ongoing enhancements have been scheduled into the New Year.
Hilton’s management team have been in situ at the resort since 1 July 2009 and have overseen a number of key developments at the resort.
Highlights include new upgraded F&B concepts across all restaurants; new wine lists created by renowned Master of Wine Ron Georgiou and the introduction of a new wine tasting journey with Sunny Chuang, the newly appointed Cellar Master.  From 1 November the Art Gallery will open showcasing local art together with a café serving traditional Maldivian fare, with a Waldorf Astoria Collection touch.
An enhanced excursion programme includes access to two private islands surrounding the resorts for unique castaway experiences and events. Transfers to the resort have also been improved with a direct 75 minute seaplane transfer replacing a domestic flight and boat transfer.
The Hilton team will continue a schedule of enhancements between now and 1 March 2010 including upgraded Villa and restaurant interiors; new look Spa with new treatment programmes; developments to the Kids Club; new designer boutique and a new beach service. Visitors in early 2010 will also have the opportunity to take part in exclusive gourmet events including a visit by renowned winemaker Chateau Latour in January.
Carsten Schieck, Regional General Manager, Maldives and Sri Lanka Hilton Hotels commented “The Waldorf Astoria Collection is a distinctive selection of some of the most extraordinary hotels in the world. The opening of the first Waldorf Astoria Collection property in Asia Pacific is a milestone for the brand and we are working to achieve incomparable standards of service and facilities that will set the standards for excellence in the Maldives, as accomplished with sister resort Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.”

President Mohamed Nasheed on Friday said that he is confident of Indian companies investing heavily in the Maldives. The President visited India and met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday.

Indian companies are particularly interested in investing in the northern region of Maldives, including the project to upgrade the domestic regional airport at Haa Dhaalu atoll to an international one. The project once completed is expected to boost tourism to northern atolls.
The President in his weekly radio address to the nation said that India will also assist Maldives in overcoming the current dollar shortage. Earlier this year, the Indian government provided US$100 million credit facility to assist the Maldives meet the country's present budget difficulties.
Singh also earlier assured Indian assistance in the Maldives’ effort to seek funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to address budget deficit and restructuring the public sector.

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed and 11 Cabinet Ministers on Saturdaymorning sat down for what has become the world's first ever underwaterCabinet meeting.

As part of the 350 campaign (350.org), at 10:30am sitting five feet deep in the lagoon off Girifushi island, a military training camp, the President and the Cabinet used hand signals and a white slate to sign a declaration calling on all nations to bring down carbon levels in the atmosphere to below 350 ppm from its current 390 ppm.

“If the Maldives cannot be saved today, we do not feel there is much of a chance for the rest of the world,” the President told members of the press after the meeting, floating on the lagoon.
The declaration will be sent to the landmark Copenhagen climate change summit in December when world leaders will gather to come up with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012.

At the 34th meeting of the International Federation of Asian andWestern Pacific Contractors’ Association held at Bandos Island Resortyesterday, Members of the Maldives Cabinet appealed to leadingbusinessmen from Asia-Pacific countries to invest in the Maldives andconsider kick-starting the development of 65 resorts which has come toa standstill.

Mohamed Aslam, minister of environment, transport and housing, said that there were around 65 resorts still under construction. “Some have just started, some of them have not started and some of them have completed some of their work. But the 65 need to be built,” he said.

He added that an estimated US$4.4 billion was needed to build 156 harbours, 50 km worth of roads on islands across the Maldives, 11 airports, 10,000 housing units and 1,000 luxury villas, as well as sewerage and power facilities. “It would take us three to four generations for us to get these things done. It’s a globalised world and we don’t want to be isolated,” he said.

British Airways will start operating three flights a week from Gatwick, London to Male’ from October 25.

Lead-in fares to the Maldives will start from £629 return including taxes.
Flights will depart from the UK on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 7.10pm and return from Male’ on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 1.20pm local time.
The routes will be operated by Boeing 777 with three-classes available -- World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World.
"We’re particularly pleased to be serving a completely new destination, the Maldives," said Richard Tams, British Airways’ head of UK & Ireland sales.
“I am confident that it will be very popular with our customers,” said Judy Jarvis, British Airways’ regional commercial manager for South Asia.

We are pleased to inform you that we in collaboration with Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) will be taking part in the forthcoming World Travel Market (WTM) to be held in Excel, London from the 09th to 12th November 2009. 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:

World Travel Market (WTM) - ExCel, London, UK
Dates: 09th to 12th November 2009
Maldives Stand Number: AS 2800 (Asia Pacific Hall)

Crown Tours Participants:

Director Marketing: Mr. Ally Ahmed
Manager Reservations: Mr. Adam Shakir

It would be our pleasure to welcome you at our stand and offer you any assistance required!


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