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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa at Emboodoo Finolhu island has been honored in the Conde Nast awards.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa at Emboodoo Finolhu island has been honored in the Conde Nast awards. Operated by India’s Taj group, the resort was ranked No. 3 in the category for Africa, Indian Ocean & the Middle East, as announced by Conde Nast Traveller, Britain, in its Annual Readers' Travel Awards 2004.

 

Taj Exotica, which is a client of Crown Tours Private Limited, was jointly awarded the best resort in the world title in the first-ever Harpers and Queen Travel awards in 2002. The resort entices clients with varied and top class food and beverage.

 

The Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards, now in their seventh year, have earned a reputation for being the most prestigious in Britain, since they are based on the readers' nominations based on a list of criteria.

 

Unlike other publications, Conde Nast Traveller does not provide a shortlist of potential winners. Earlier this year, the magazine received some 30,000 nominations both on- and offline.

 

The rankings in these awards are an index of satisfaction with travel facilities and services, scored out of a maximum of 100.

 

In the Readers' Travel Awards questionnaire, readers were asked to choose the best that the travel world has to offer -- everything from hotels and spas to airlines and airports.

 

They were then asked to rate their choices according to various criteria, such as service and value for money.

 

From these responses, the average mark on each criterion was calculated and used to provide the overall satisfaction percentage figure that is in the league tables and The World's Top 100.

 

In the May issue, readers were asked for nominations for the world's best hotels, spas, islands, airlines, cities, airports, countries, cruise lines and tour operators, and then asked to rate them according to a list of criteria.

 

To discern their list of the best of the best, each nomination was ranked to produce the world's Top 100. An independent market research company collates each reader's nominations.

 

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India’s Air Sahara is to start flights to Maldives within three months.

This will help to ease access to Maldives for Indian tourists, according to travel agencies.

 

A travel agent said that presently many Indian tourists face difficulty in traveling to Maldives as there are no direct flights between Maldives and the various states of India.

 

“When Air Sahara and Jet Airways start to operate flights to Maldives, the number of Indian tourists visiting Maldives will increase,” a travel agent said.

 

Between the period January to August 2004, 7,471 Indian tourist arrivals were recorded in Maldives.

 

Most are young, middle-class travelers.

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Tuesday appointed Dr. Mustafa Lutfi as the Minister of Tourism.

Dr. Lutfi until now had been the deputy executive director at the Ministry of Education.

 

At a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Gayoom welcomed Dr. Lutfi. The President also thanked outgoing former Tourism Minister Hassan Sobir for the invaluable service he had rendered as then Tourism Minister. President Gayoom on Tuesday appointed Sobir as an ambassador.

Tourist arrivals to the Maldives increased by 15 percent during the first eight months of this year compared to the year-ago period, the Tourism Ministry revealed.

The period January to August 2004 recorded 416,206 arrivals while the figure for the period January to August 2003 was recorded at 360,933.

 

Last month, 55,843 tourist arrivals were recorded while resort occupancy rate was sustained at 77 percent.

 

Tourists spent 457,372 nights in resorts, hotels and safaris in Maldives during August 2004, according to statistics released by the Tourism Ministry.

The Tourism Ministry has announced the successful bidders for the resorts Vilivaru and Biyaadhoo.

In an announcement, the ministry said that Vilivaru was to be awarded to individual bidder Athama Ibrahim Abdul Latheef while Biyaadhoo was to be given to Sunland Hotels Pvt Ltd.

 

The ministry said that it will shortly hand over the resorts to the successful bidders.

 

The ministry on Tuesday held a meeting at Nasandhura Palace Hotel in Male’ to clarify to bidders and reporters the evaluation process carried out by the bid evaluation committee to evaluate the bids submitted by the 39 parties for Vilivaru and Biyaadhoo.

 

Latheef had proposed US$14.07 million for 120-bed Vilivaru for a 10-year period, while Sunland had proposed US$20.02 million for 192-bed Biyaadhoo for a 10-year period.

We are pleased to inform you that Crown Tours Maldives will be participating at the up coming JATA 2004 from 24th - 26th September 2004, jointly with Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB).

Mr. Ally Ahmed - Director Marketing will be participating on behalf of Crown Tours Maldives.

 

Hence, we would highly appreciate if you could manage to spare some time from your busy schedule to meet us at the JATA Please visit us : -

 

JATA World Travel Fair 2004,
Tokyo, Japan
Dates: Friday 24th - Sunday 26 September 2004
Opening Time: 1000 hrs - 1800 hrs (Friday)
1000 hrs - 1700 hrs (Saturday & Sunday)
Maldives Stand Number: D 15
Kindly ask for Crown Representative from the Stand.
Furthermore, if you wish to make a prior appointment, kindly please contact us by e- mail at: sales@crowntoursmaldives.com OR fax at: 00 (960) 31 2832 any time convenient.

The bid evaluation committee has completed evaluating of bids submitted for Vilivaru and Biyaadhoo resorts.

The committee’s chairman Abdul Hameed Zakariyya said that the committee’s report and recommendations have been forwarded to the Tourism Ministry which is expected to reveal the successful bidders.

 

Altogether, 39 bids were received for the two resorts when their lease periods expired.

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