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Every time we travel, for whatever reason, we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage.

This year on 27 September, we want you to talk Tourism. Help us raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries and communities around the world and its potential as a force for good, creating a better world for all.

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Celebrated each year on 27 September, the purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MSGs)and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
Source: WTO Website

Asian Economy Countries (AEC) Culinary Challenge 2015, held at the Bangkok, has awarded the coveted ‘Gold Medal’ to the culinary team from Holiday Inn Kandooma Maldives.

Executive Chef Vincent Tan, Chef Nguyen Truong Luat and Chef Truong Vinh Co teamed up to represent the island resort in a challenge themed ‘Inspire and Create ASEAN Cuisines of Tomorrow’ and received the prestigious Gold Medal, winning over participants from 8 other countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

“The latest award our team received is another testimony of our dedication and passion to outstanding culinary services we provide our guests and is a reflection of the hotel’s effort in creating Great Hotels Guests Love”, said Executive Chef Vincent Tan.

Holiday Inn Kandooma Maldives is located 40 minutes away from the international airport. The island resort is a popular family destination with ‘Kandoo Kids’ club and is famous as a haven for diving, surfing and their unbeatable seafood feast. 

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Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resorts and Best Dives Maldives has announced a long-term partnership.

Best Dives Maldives, a company prominently committed towards marine life education and conversation, will provide all water-based activities and tours to guests at Outrigger Konotta, including snorkeling, scuba diving, water sports, fishing trips and excursions. Marine biologists will accompany guests during their activities with priority on education and conservation of the exceptional marine environment surrounding the resort.

Outrigger has long been committed to global coral health and conservation of the natural beauty of the marine environment, as displayed by their program OZONE (Outrigger’s zone).

Bitsy Kelley, a member of the Outrigger owning family and vice president of corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group said, “I’m extremely proud that Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is embarking on a joint venture that will ensure both holiday enjoyment and coral reef knowledge for Outrigger guests”.

Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort opened on August 1 in the Maldives and the surrounding area in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll offers some of the most beautiful and largest hard coral fields in the world. 

Hayley’s Group, a well-established conglomerate from Sri-Lanka has confirmed a $65 million investment in the Maldives to build a brand new Hotel.

The hotel comes under Hayley’s Leisure, the hotels division of Hayley’s involved in the ownership and management of city hotels and high-end niche market resorts such as The Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and ‘Amaya Lake’, a 40-acre sanctuary situated in Dambulla.

Proposed to be a brand new five star luxury property, this Hotel in Maldives will have 150 villas and will be easily accessible; only 30 minutes away from the main International Airport.

Construction is estimated to begin in January 2016, with a projected grand opening in 2018.

SilkAir, Singapore Airlines’ regional carrier, has confirmed that it will be partnering with Singapore Airlines (SIA), and taking over some of the SIA flights to the Maldives. Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will be operating two daily flights on the Singapore-Male’ route.

Starting from October 25th 2015, SIA’s regional carrier will operate four weekly flights on the Singapore-Male route. SIA will continue to operate 10 weekly flights on the route, resulting in a combined total frequency of two flights per day. SIA had previously operated between 10 and 14 weekly flights to the Maldives.

SIA’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning, Lee Wen Fen said: “By synergising the network of both carriers, we are able to provide customers more choice and greater flexibility when planning their travel itineraries.”

He continued, “This is another example of the Singapore Airlines Group’s commitment to continuously expanding our combined network and enhancing connectivity options for our customers.”

The new SilkAir flights will depart Singapore every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:05, arriving in Male at 11:40. The return services will leave the Maldivian capital at 12:55 on the same days of the week, arriving back in Singapore at 20:45.

According to the statement released, SilkAir Chief Leslie Thng said: “The Maldives is a popular travel destination offering great beauty both above and below the water, with its stunning white sand beaches and equally beautiful underwater world. We are glad to be able to join Singapore Airlines to bring travellers from around the world to this picturesque island destination.”

SilkAir currently operates flights to 46 destinations across 12 countries in Asia.
Source: Hotelier Maldives 

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