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The Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort recently selected 5 outstanding employees toparticipate in a special Executive Development Program through which they willbe provided with a thorough grilling in the various facets of hotel management in a move to introduce more natives into senior hotel positions.

“The Executive Development Program for the Maldivian sector is speciallydesigned to build Maldivian nationals as future managers of the hospitalityindustry,” Senior Vice President of John Keells Holdings (the Sri Lankan basedcompany that owns Chaaya) Roshan Gurusinghe was quoted as saying by the localHaveeru Daily.
Tourism Minister Dr. Maryam Zulfa told a ceremony to markthe occasion that she had been involved in several meetings, looking to pushforward a countrywide training program in which every one of Maldives’ resortswill be encouraged to adopt a training program.


Maldives is to host the first-ever international sporting event in the islands -an international beach games festival - in September 2011.

Sri Lankan cricketing legend and Member of Parliament, Sanath Jayasuriya, madethe announcement at a ceremony held at Male' Sports Complex in the Maldives'capital on Feb. 11.
"I’m so glad to be here to launch the Beach Games.I’ve been here before quite a few times and I know how this country looks afterpeople and treats them as guests. I hope that all the athletes will enjoy theirstay here and have a memorable Beach Games,” the local Haveeru Daily quotedJayasuriya as saying.
The Beach Games is set to bring 92 countries to theshores of the Maldives, from September 18-25, and will feature a range ofsports, from Beach Football and Beach Cricket to Surfing, Kabaddi, Rowing andWindsurfing.


Royal Jet is offering a romantic, memorable and some of the most exquisitegetaway packages to the Maldives, Florence and Mauritius for bookings madebefore February 28th, while travel can be taken any time until the end ofMarch.

In partnership with Luxury Air Travel by Dnata and Luxury Hotels by Dnata, thepackages consist of return flights onboard Royal Jet's luxurious Boeing BusinessJet (BBJ) or Gulfstream to some of the world's most phenomenal properties underthe Luxury Hotels by Dnata portfolio, such as: Centara Grand Island Resort &Spa - the Maldives; Il Salviatino - Florence; and Sankhara Villas -Mauritius.
"No other executive flight services provider anywhere in theworld can offer such romance-filled packages, and we at Royal Jet are extremelyproud to be able to provide such an opportunity for customers to express theirlove in a truly special, unique and exclusive way," said Shane O'Hare, Presidentand CEO, Royal Jet.


The Maldives government in a jointventure with the Netherland’s Dutch Docklands, has signed an agreement to grantfive lagoons from Kaafu atoll to the company in order to bring investments worthUS$500 million to the Maldives. The agreement was signed at aceremony held at the Tourism Ministry on Thursday afternoon.

Dutch Docklands is a global leader in tailor-made floating developments such asfloating beaches and restaurants and the methods and procedures developed by thecompany for floating developments is claimed to reduce the environmental impactson underwater life and minimise the changes to coastal morphology, according toa statement by the President’s Office.
The floating properties are to bedeveloped on five  lagoons within the Kaafu Atoll that will include a conventioncentre and an 18-hole golf course, according to the local MinivanNews.
Dutch Docklands Maldives is expected to gather investment of aboutUS$500m into the country, according to the local Haveeru Daily.
TheMaldives government will hold a 5-percent share in the joint venture, which isexpected to begin work on the five floating developments this year with aprojected completion date of 2015, according to Minivan News, which quoted DutchDocklands as claiming that the five developments would require the adoption of anumber of new technologies such as renewable energy projects in the country.




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