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Baros Maldives has been awarded Eco Dive Centre status by the official ReefCheck organization, and is the first resort in the Maldives to offer theinternational Reef Check EcoDiver programme, which empowers people to save ourreefs and oceans. Becoming the first Eco Dive and training centre of theMaldives, Baros now offers guests EcoDiver courses which qualifies them to helpEcoDive teams to monitor reefs worldwide. The world’s reefs are changing at astartling rate and Baros Maldives guests can help ensure that reefs are stillhere and healthy for future generations.

Baros Dive centre have put together a programme, which allows children andadults to learn more about tropical coral reefs and allows participants the rareopportunity to work with teams of scientists to combat the crisis affectingreefs worldwide. Guests at Baros Maldives who are novice snorkelers or diverscan enroll in the half-day Discover Reef Check Course, and those with moreexperience can enroll in a 3-day EcoDiver certification course. This qualifiesguests to assist the professional teams in monitoring the reefsworldwide.
Using the globally standardized scientific protocol, the ReefCheck EcoDive programme collects valuable data to establish the status of coralreefs. The data is analysed and used locally by marine managers, nationally byfisheries and environment managers, and internationally by organizationsincluding United Nations agencies to help and take better care of coralreefs.


The Maldives set another record in February, with 87,106 tourists – the highestnumber recorded in a month – breaking the former record of 79,495 tourists whoarrived in January. The record set last month was an increase of 9.6 percentfrom the number that arrived in the country in January.

Figures disclosed by the Department of Immigration reveal that the highestnumber of tourist arrivals – 77,063 tourists – in last year was also recorded inFebruary. The statistics also reveal that the tourist arrivals within the firsttwo months of this year observed a 15.3 percent increase to 166,601 from thenumber of tourists who arrived in the country within the period of lastyear.
Figures show that China dominated the Maldives market with 18,842tourists, which is a 38.5 percent increase to the number that came to theMaldives in the February of last year. China has an 18.5 percent in the Maldivestourist market, with Europe following in second with 64 percent. Maldivianresorts operated 20,638 beds in 91 resorts last month while the averageoccupancy stayed at 94.3 percent.


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced it will commence operations to Malé, the capital city of the Republic of Maldives, on November 1, subject to government approval.

Etihad will operate a daily return service from its home base in Abu Dhabi to Malé International Airport, operating Airbus A320 aircraft on the route, configured with two cabins and offering 1,904 seats each week.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: Malé is gateway to the premium leisure destination, the Maldive Islands, and given the strong increase in  visitation numbers we are seeing in the market, the time is right to launch services to this popular holiday destination.”
Mr Hogan said the commencement of the services in  November was perfectly timed to coincide with the start of the busy Northern winter period. 

“We expect the services will appeal to UAE leisure travellers, as well as customers from our major European markets, particularly with the strong connectivity options on offer and following the additional frequencies that will come online on a number of our key European routes this summer,” he said. “Etihad’s schedule, which offers an attractive afternoon arrival and evening departure, has been carefully designed to offer customers maximum leisure time at their destination. In fact, European travellers can take advantage of our overnight flights in both directions, offering them a full extra day in the Maldives.”


Source: Maldives Tourism Promotion Board 

SpiceJet, India's budget carrier which is to receive 5 of 15 Bombardier Q400s byAugust, may start operations to Maldives this year. An airline official toldAviation Week that "the airline will also start services to two or threedestinations in South Asia this year, and one of them could be Male' in theMaldives,” emphasizing that "Maldives comprises 1,190 islands, of which 97 areresorts."

Last year, SpiceJet announced it would start flights to Male’, but then droppedthe idea. Kingfisher Airlines this month will start two flights a week fromDelhi and Mumbai to Gan International Airport in the Maldives, 900 km southwestof India. The Maldives state minister of tourism told Aviation Week that theIndian market is being tapped aggressively by Maldives tourism and that visitorsfrom India are up.
“We are looking to change the perception in India thatMaldives is just a luxury destination. We are now targeting the mid-marketsegment and hope that by the end of the year more Indians will start to head forthe Maldives as more direct flights take off,” said State Minister of TourismThoyyib Mohamed. SpiceJet holds a 13 percent market share, with 25 Boeing 737soperating 153 flights daily to 20 Indian cities.



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