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Dusit Thani Maldives resort settled in the island of Mudhdhoo in Baa Atoll will be open in coming December. It’s going to be the first Dusit Thani hotel in Indian ocean region. The property in Maldives is inline with the expansion plan of Dusit Thani Properties in Asia.

Dusit International has 60 years' experience in the hotel and hospitality field. Founded in Thailand in 1949 by Honorary Chairperson, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's New Road; Dusit has since acquired a unique portfolio of deluxe hotels, building upon Thai culture and tradition to create a personalized welcome for all guests, made distinctive under the Dusit brand promise: the delivery of an ‘experience that enlivens the individual spirit no matter what the journey.’Dusit Thani Maldives accommodates 104 rooms consisting of Beach and Ocean Villas. It also houses a variety of restaurants and a spa. Guests can enjoy and relax in the Main restaurant, Thai restaurant, Chinese restaurant, and 2 beverage bars. 
The resort costs Dusit Thani US$77 million according to The Nation news paper. The payment includes $60 million for leasehold rights of 80% completed island for 33 years to 2044.  The company expected to spend the rest on completing the hotel covering pre-opening expenses.

"The company has carefully considered the growth and profitability of this project based upon the high potential for tourism of the Maldives, which has been growing stronger continuously," it said in a statement.
Once the resort opens its doors for visitors it will add up to the long list of well established chain hotels in Maldives including other famous brands from Thailand.

The main gateway to Maldives Male’ International Airport to be renamed as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport from 26th July 2011 onwards according to the Transport Minister Adhil Saleem. The renaming of the airport after the former president also falls on the independence of Maldives. The decision to change the name according Minister Adhil was the historical link of airport to former president Ibrahim Nasir. Minister further added that the cabinet’s decision to change the name has been already been communicated to the new airport management company, GMR Male’ International Airport Company. The airport has been leased to GMR Male’ International Company for 25 years. The company is to build a brand new terminal.

Male’ International Airport is famous for one island one airport concept and its magnificent bird’s eye view. The airport initially carried the name of Hulhule’ Airport. It was renamed in 1981 to Male’ International Airport by then President Maumoon. The airport was opened on 19th October 1960. The first aircraft, to land at Hulhule Airport was a Royal New Zealand Air Force Transport plane on 19th of October 1960 at 13:55hrs.

There are five airports in operation in Maldives. Male’ International Airport and Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll are licensed to operate as International Airports. The remaining 3 are domestic airports. Kaadedhdhoo Airport in Huvadhu Atoll, Kadhdhoo Airport in Laamu Atoll, Hanimadhoo Airport in Haa Dhaal Atoll. In addition a private airport in the Island of Maamigili in Ari Atoll is to commence operation soon. The National Carrier “Maldvian” operates flights to these airports. In addition tourists are transported to neighboring resort islands by sea plane. Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) and Maldivian Air Taxi(MAT) based in the Hulhule Island provide sea plane services.
The expansion of tourism has lead to construction of more airports across the Maldives. Currently over 10 islands have been assigned to develop airports. 

The lion’s share of visitors to Maldives use Male’ International Airport.

The newly established Maldives Game Fishing Association (MGFA) has decided to host a game fishing tournament in Maldives from 9-12th November 2011.

The event is themed as Maldives Game Fishing Challenge 2011. The tag and release event is goes in line with the aim of the Founders of Maldives Game Fishing Associations desire to protect and preserve the environment.

The event has already being listed in the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA). It is also supported by the IGFA. The organizing committee of the event includes experts from Australia and Maldives. The organizers have already confirmed participation of internationally well known anglers.  With only 20 slots available, the organizing committee of the event will select the boats that best promote the Maldives as world class fishing destination. The 20 slots will allow around 80 anglers from around the world to compete.

An information session on the Maldives Game Fishing Challenge 2011 was held at Nasandhura Palace Hotel in Male’ on 12th July. The session was attended by around 30 participants.

During the meeting the organizing Committee requested resorts and boat operators throughout the Maldives to support the event through event promotion, accommodation of competitors, boat participation or in other ways. The MGFA is anticipating a very positive response and is encouraging those interested in being involved to submit an interest form without delay. 

For more information, please visit : http://www.mgfa.org.mv


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