Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Maldives to attempt a world dive record!

According to Maldives Tourism Promotion Board:

"Maldives Tourism Promotion Board together with Dhiraagu Maldives is to attempt a new world record for greatest number of scuba divers simultaneously diving on a single site.

The targeted number of divers for this attempt is 1000 inclusive of locals and tourists and the tentative location and time has been set for Sunlight Thila on February 25th, 2006 at 11:00hrs."

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Sun Island Resort & Spa awarded for excellence!

Once again Sun Island Resort & Spa Maldives, have been awarded top accolades from two of the UK's leading tour operators.

At the recent World Travel Market 2005, Sun Island was presented with the TUI Gold Medal Award for the Best Faraway Shores accommodation for the second consecutive year.

Last month the resort was awarded the prestigious 'Thomas Cook Tour Operations Marque of Excellence Award' which is awarded through customer recognition of exceedingly high standards of service and quality of accommodation.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Int'l Travel Daily News Names Maldives "Destination of the Month"

"Maldives: Where real life meets Paridise", according to the Internationl Travel Daily News:

The Maldivian tourism industry has progressed a long way during its thirty years of existence and its popularity as an exclusive tourist destination is increasing both in its major generating markets in Europe as well as in new markets from around the globe. The Maldives continues to be distinguished for the sustainable and ecologic development of its tourism industry, high quality standard and secludedness of its position in the Indian Ocean, far away from the world’s problems.

With your first look the islands are hardly differ from each other - apart from their size: tropical vegetation with palms, mangroves, Scaevola, Frangipani or Hibiscus bushes, powder-white sandy beach, surrounding turquoise-blue seas. In fact the versatility of Maldives is in the detail, because of the “one island-one resort concept“ each resort is on an island of its own and the resorts in Maldives offer a broad spectrum with respect to conception, architecture, style and comfort. To plan a vacation in the Maldives, you must be well informed about your own interests and ideas in order to find the matching island under the vast list of possibilities.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Maldives wins at 12th World Travel Awards

As previous years the World Travel Awards were held in London on November 13, 2005 to coincide with WTM. The 12th World Travel Awards announced the results of one of the world's most comprehensive travel trade polls of its kind, with the addition of new categories for business and first class products. Trophies for the awards were given out at a gala ceremony at London’sRoyal Opera House.

A total of 156,000 travel agencies and professionals in over 140 countries worldwide voted for their leading travel destinations, airlines, hotels, personalities and companies around the world and Maldives won a number of awards which are;

Indian Ocean's Leading Destination
- Maldives
Indian Ocean's Leading Resort
- Coco Palm Resort & Spa, Maldives
Indian Ocean's Leading Spa Resort
- Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives
Indian Ocean's Leading Tourist & Convention Bureau
- Maldives Tourism Promotion Board
Indian Ocean's Leading Airport
- Male International Airport, Maldives
Maldives' Leading Hotel
- One&Only Kanuhura
Maldives' Leading Resort
- Coco Palm Resort & Spa
Maldives' Leading Spa Resort
- Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa

Apart from the winners Maldives got nominated for a number of awards;

World's Leading Beach
- Maldives, Maldives
World's Leading Dive Operator
- Scuba Tours, Maldives
World's Leading Dive Destination
- Maldives, Maldives
World's Leading Eco Resort & Spa
- Bayan Tree, Maldives
- Angsana Resort & Spa, Maldives
World's Leading Honeymoon Destination
- Maldives
World's Most Romantic Resort
- Soneva Fushi Resort Maldives
World's Leading Spa Resort
- Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort
- Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel
- One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort
- Coco Palm Resort & Spa, Maldives
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
- Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Maldives
- Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives
- Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa
Maldives’ Leading Hotel
- One&Only Kanuhura
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
- Banyan Tree Maldives
- Coco Palm Resort & Spa
- Taj Coral Reef Resort
- Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa
- One&Only Reethi Rah
Maldives’ Leading Resort
- Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa
- Taj Coral Reef Resort
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
- Lohifushi Island Resort
- Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
- Coco Palm Resort & Spa
- Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa
- Huvafen Fushi Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Spa Resort
- Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa
- Banyan Tree Maldives
- Coco Palm Resort & Spa
- Cocoa Island
- Huvafenn Fushi Maldives
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
- Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
- Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa

Maldivian Evening at WTM

A Maldivian Evening was held at Le Meridien Piccadilly on the night of November 15, 2005 where major tour operators, travel trade and media attended. And during the evening a raffle draw was held where holidays to the Maldives were given.

The evening was organised by the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) and representatives from tourism related companies in the Maldives who are in London participating in World Travel Market which is held from 14-17 November, 2005.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Vakarufalhi Island Resort comment from a visitor

Vakarufalhi Island Resort, featured resort of the week
If you are looking for a small paradise, and if that also means luxury in a down to earth way, than Vakarufalhi in the Maldives is the place to go.

Beach houses are spacious, cleaned twice daily, partially outdoor bathrooms really unusual. Very relaxed but attentive service, food hugely varied to suit all tastes but not ostentatious at all, very good quality ingredients used. For beef lover their piece is grilled or backed on the spot to the requested way (raw, medium or well done). etc etc. This way of thinking can be applied to all 'ingredients' of the island. All you require for comfort is there in very simple way.

Worried that the rainy season might be disastrous but not a drop was seen. Island very small but if your looking for personal relaxation and no hustle bustle noisy stuff this is perfect.

Dive school outstanding for learning aswell as pro-stuff. Very professional guides, set-up of the center, equipment, etc.. Next to that they visited the most beautiful dive spots in the South Ari Atoll. Independent of distance (40 min boat trip was normal) and participants. Snorkeling on house reef really easy, turtles, sharks and mantas seen off reef!

Don't bother with larger islands unless looking for noise and nightlife, the highlight of nightly entertainment here is the crab racing, really fun. So in short, if your looking for a small and simple but very good bare foot island, Vakarufalhi is the place to go. If on top of that, like us, you are very in to diving, you must go there!! Enjoy.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The first ever all-glass underwater restaurant in the world

Ithaa means ‘pearl’ in the Maldivian language. This pearl located within the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa is the first ever all-glass underwater restaurant in the world.

The dining is a contemporary fusion of maldivian cuisine with western and asian influences. Ithaa Restaurant sits 15 feet below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a coral reef and encased in clear acrylic, offering diners 270-degrees of panoramic underwater views. The restaurant is reached by a wooden walkway from the nearby over-water Sunset Grill Restaurant, and seats just 14 people for exclusive dining with a real difference.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Maldives holiday affiliate program

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A decent 5% commission of the sales amount is paid to any affiliate who drives a buying customer. With an average of US$ 1500 a one week holiday trip in Maldives, an affiliate would earn US$ 75 with just one sale. Maldives being a very easy to sell destination and with the attractive rates offered by Corporate Travels & Tours, it would be very easy to sell a few Maldives holiday packages.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Martinair Flies to Maldives

Martinair, a subsidiary of Air France-KLM has resumed flights to the Maldives. Martinair which flies to 90 destinations worldwide from Amsterdam landed in Male’ International Airport on November 6, 2005.

Until March 2006, Martinair will operate direct scheduled flights to Amsterdam, with convenient connections to Europe, USA, Canada, South America and Caribbean on Martinair & KLM. Martinair will operate from Maldives on Sundays and would also give connections on their Colombo-Amsterdam flight on Fridays.

And starting from January 2006, Martinair will also operate another flight from Brussels to Colombo to Phuket to Maldives and back to Brussels.

Since Amsterdam Schiphol is a major European hub the operation of Martinair flights to Maldives opens up more opportunities for the European market to visit Maldives.