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Israel's Sun d’Or International Airlines has applied for a license to operate charter flights to Maldives carrying tourists from Tel Aviv.

The matter is now pending with the Maldives Civil Aviation Department.
Transport Minister Adil Saleem said that under international conventions Maldives is obliged to approve such licenses and earlier, Maldives Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem said that it was important to establish relations with Israel first in order to facilitate the way for Maldives to contribute to lasting peace in the Middle East.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives will launch a weekly programmeof green activities and fine dining options on 22 April 2011 aiming to inspireguests in sharing the resort’s responsibility of caring for nature, as part ofits commitment to protect the environment and in celebration of Earth Day.

Featuring eco-friendly experiences such as a family nature walk in the resort’sjungle and a candlelit meditation class, Villingili’s Green Friday programmeoffers guests plenty of opportunities to enjoy a luxurious holiday experiencewithout compromising the natural environment. The programme also includeseducational talks on marine life and biodiversity, aiming to increase guests’awareness of the importance of preserving the environment for generations tocome.
Under the umbrella of sustainability, Shangri-La’s socialresponsibility programme consists of the two elements of “embrace” and“sanctuary”.  “Embrace” focuses on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, whichaims to promote the highest level of education and health support inunderprivileged communities. In “sanctuary”, the programme concentrates onShangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation andrestoration of biodiversity.


Having set the standard for luxury travel in the Maldives for over 15 years,Conrad Maldives Rangali Island raises the bar once again with the completerenovation of 28 Water Villas and two Premier Water villas from 15 May.

Expected to run for six months, the renovation work will see a completetransformation of these villas into ultra-luxurious contemporary over-waterretreats with additional decking, private pool, entirely new furniture andsublime bathrooms with picture windows overlooking the ocean.
“RangaliIsland is the smaller of the resort’s two islands,” says Regional GeneralManager Carsten Schieck, “and it offers the natural setting for the pure beautyand luxury that guests expect to find in the Maldives.  The complete renovationof our Water villas will ensure that these rooms retain their position as someof the most outstanding villas in the country.”


Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered intoan agreement with Driftwood Maldives Private Ltd to manage Park Hyatt MaldivesHadahaa Island in the Maldives. The hotel will commence operating as Park HyattMaldives Hadahaa on April 1, 2011.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa will be the first Hyatt hotel in the Maldives andthe first resort in the Maldives to follow Earth Check certification standardsfor construction and operations: the hotel’s design provides for guest comfortand privacy, while ensuring sensitivity to the surrounding environment. Situatedin the Indian Ocean’s largest and deepest atoll, Huvadhoo, the hotel opened inlate 2009 and has been operating as Alila Villas Hadahaa. In its first year ofoperation, the hotel garnered recognition as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010Hot Hotels, Condé Nast Traveler’s Best New Spas in 2010, and 2010 DestinAsianLuxe List’s 41 Best New Hotels of the Year.
“The Maldives draws 94percent of its travelers from Europe and Asia, regions where the Park Hyattbrand has a significant presence and is well known,” said Stephen G. Haggerty,global head of real estate and development for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.“Opening Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa will broaden the range of fantastic ParkHyatt locations and will help further Hyatt’s goal of being the most preferredbrand in every segment we serve.”
“The Maldives is one of the mostpopular vacation and spa destinations in the world and the number of visitorsthere increased by 21 percent in 2010,” said Ratnesh Verma, Hyatt Hotels &Resorts’ senior vice president, real estate and development for Asia. “Hyatt isdelighted to introduce our Park Hyatt brand to this resort destination with sucha spectacular property.” 



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