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Uninhabited islands of Laamu Atoll have been surveyed for possible tourist destinations.

Ministry of Tourism yesterday informed that under the project of locating possible tourist destinations from the northern part of Maldives, they have surveyed several uninhabited islands of Laamu Atoll. A team from the Ministry has surveyed 47 islands of the Atoll for the purpose.


Under the project of extending and developing the Maldivian tourism industry, Tourism Ministry has conducted surveys in the atolls of Gaaf Alif, Gaaf Dhaal, and Laamu. 126 uninhabited islands have been surveyed from Gaaf Alif and Gaaf Dhaal Atoll. Islands suitable for tourism has been noted by the Ministry.

Photos and highlights from the fair...

This year, 2002, the exhibition was held for the first time at ExCeL, Dockland.


Crown Tours with delegates from the associate resorts participated at the fair from 11 - 14th Nov 2002.

MALE, Nov 10 (HNS) - Thirty years of tourism was celebrated in Male recently with a friendly football match between Television Maldives and Universal Enterprises, the passenger sales agent for Emirates Airlines.

The match, won by TVM 2-1, was conducted with the cooperation of the Tourism Ministry. Emirates, the Dubai-based award-winning international airline, presented a Male-Colombo return ticket to the lucky winner of a draw for spectators. Ali Haleem of G. Maimoon Villa won the ticket, which was presented to him by Deputy Tourism Minister Abdulla Saeed.

MALE, Nov 3 (HNS) – President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Sunday called on the Maldives people to strengthen their resolve to protect and preserve the sovereignty and independence of the nation.

In a message on the occasion of Victory Day, to mark Nov 3, 1998 when Maldives warded off an attack by mercenaries, Gayoom called on the people to strive to promote and protect the ties of unity and fraternity that bound the nation together.


He said that Victory Day commemorated the triumph conferred on the people by the Almighty Allah against the aggression and terror of assailants. He stressed that the foremost duty of the nation on the anniversary of the victory was to remain steadfast in offering gratitude to the Almighty for bestowing such a historic success and victory on the nation.


Gayoom said that the events of Nov 3, 1988 will never be forgotten, and that the valiant sacrifices made by the patriotic citizens and the courageous members of National Security Service (NSS) in responding to the aggression should always be honored. He said that the memory of the heroic deeds and the steadfast defense offered by the people and the national security personnel on that day would live forever.


The President stressed that it was the duty of the nation to pay tribute to the courageous heroes who had sacrificed their lives in defense of the nation on that critical day. He said that they were the national heroes of the highest caliber, and he invoked the blessing of the Almighty Allah on their souls.

COLOMBO, Nov 3 (HNS) - The peace process in Sri Lanka will have a positive contribution to boosting Maldives’ tourism industry, Maldives Tourism Minister Hassan Sobir said.

Maldives sees Sri Lanka not as a rival but as a complementary partner in boosting regional tourism, Sobir said while addressing a delegation of tourism officials and industrialists in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sobir is presently leading a high level tourism industry delegation from Maldives to Sri Lanka, in order to discuss ways for both countries to boost their respective tourism industries.


The Tourism Minister said that the beginnings of the two countries’ tourism industries can be traced to an atmosphere of very close cooperation; he cited one example where earlier tourism brochures advertised both Maldives and Sri Lanka together to European travelers.


Sobir elaborated that from mountain valleys to sandy beaches, South Asia has all there is to offer the exotic traveler, not to mention its rich cultural and historical heritage.


However, since only a small percentage of the world tourist market is obtained by South Asia, the region needs to embark on a heavy advertising campaign to market itself as a great tourism destination, Sobir said.


Citing how much interconnected Maldives tourism industry was to Sri Lanka’s, Sobir pointed out that tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom to Maldives had plunged after the July 2001 attacks on the international airport in Sri Lanka.


He elaborated that only Maldives and Sri Lanka looked towards tourism as one of the important components of their economies, and that cooperation in this sector will help to boost the tourism industries of both countries.


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