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Maldives has won 1st place among the Top 10 Romance Destinations in Asia. At the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2010, Maldives also won 2nd place in Top 10 Beach & Sun Destinations in Asia.Maldives also won 3rd place in Top 10 Relaxation & Spa Destinations in Asia.

Indian discount carrier SpiceJet Ltd has been cleared to fly overseas in June, starting with Dhaka, Kathmandu and the Maldives, after the airline completes five years of domestic service later this month.

The Gurgaon-based low-cost airline had shortlisted four overseas destinations for the first phase of its international operations. The Mumbai-Maldives service will start in the winter.
SpiceJet, with a 12.6% domestic market share and 19 aircraft, plans to confine flights to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) region only, CEO Sanjay Aggarwal had said in January.

India's GMR group is now looking at developing an international airport in Maldives as part of its plan to expand international business. The company has already done the due diligence of the project to upgrade the regional Hanimaadhoo airport at Upper North Province of Maldives which is nearly 300 kilometres from the capital Male'.

"GMR would like to expand its international profile and currently, we are looking at opportunities at the airport in Maldives," said P S Nair, CEO of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR-led joint venture company.
The group is expected to bid for Male' International Airport at Hulhule island which the Maldives' government has decided to upgrade in relation to expanding tourism.

The government has decided to lease 14 islands for resort developmentto finance regional airports and a housing development fund. Thedecision was made after the cabinet on April 20 deliberated on twoproposals submitted by the President's Office

Ministers discussed on the airport project of Thaa Atoll Thimarafushi and decided to lease additional six islands on tender-basis, and develop airports of Dhaalu Atoll Kudahuvadhoo, Thaa Atoll Thimarafushi, Shaviyani Atoll Funadhoo, Gaaf Dhaal Maavedhhoo, Gaa Alif Atoll Raavereha and Fuvahmulah with the revenues.
The cabinet decided to lease eight islands under the Tourism Act, to procure funds for a housing development fund to develop housing units and provide housing subsidies. The Tourism Ministry said it would disclose the details later. The cabinet deliberated on a paper presented by the President�s Office, outlining the reasons for the delay in developing Thimarafushi airport and the decision made by the government in 2007 to develop more airports.
In 2007-2008 the government leased islands to Airport Investments Maldives (AIM) and private parties for airports development and awarded per airport, an extra island to develop a resort and land to develop a city hotel. In addition to Thimarafushi, the government leased Thaa Atoll Olhugiri, Dhaalu Atoll Maafushi along with Kudahuvadhoo, Shaviyani Atoll Farukolhu and Funadhoo, Gaaf Alif Kuredu along with Villingili and Gaaf Dhaal Raalhuodegella and Gadhdhoo, to AIM. The government also leased Gaaf Alif Dhigurah to Platinum Capital Holdings Private Limited appointed to develop Fuvahmulah airport.


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