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TALL TALE WEDDING PAVILION OFFERS OVER-WATER WEDDING CEREMONIES

Walk down the glass floor aisle to say yes to your love, surrounded by the stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean at Jumeirah Vittaveli

Jumeirah Vittaveli has launched an enchanting overwater wedding pavilion, offering wedding ceremonies and vow renewals.

The Wedding Pavilion sits serenely tucked away in the resort’s overwater fine dining complex, adjacent to French fine dining venue Fenesse, the newly opened wine library Cuvée, and the tranquil overwater lounge Cyan. Panoramic glass doors provide 360 degree views, and decorations can be adjusted to suit the wedding couple’s personal wishes.

“The Maldives provide a wonderful, romantic location for weddings, and we have arranged a number of stunning ceremonies, on a secluded beach, a remote and deserted sandbank, and even an underwater exchange of vows. We can now offer this spectacular new venue to guests who wish to celebrate in style at Jumeirah Vittaveli. Imagine watching your partner appear to walk on water and down the glass floored aisle that stretches over the shimmering turquoise lagoon,” said Amit Majumder, General Manager, Jumeirah Vittaveli.
The wedding pavilion can be booked for ceremonies in advance or once guests are on location. Additional romantic packages include the Wedding Ceremony in Paradise or the Romance in Maldives offer which includes a romantic dinner by the beach and couple’s spa massage. Marriages at the resort are purely ceremonial and not legally binding.
Enhance your romantic escape and stay at the picturesque Private Ocean Retreats. Cocoon yourselves into this indulgent hideaway with a loft-style bedroom upstairs, overwater hammocks, private infinity pool and full outdoor daybed. The Villas are freestanding in the lagoon ensuring maximum privacy while only a two minute ride on board the complimentary boat service from the main island. The Private Ocean Retreats are designed to offer all the resort services at your fingertips, from in-villa dining, to yoga on your own open air deck, to an indulgent couple’s massage.
Jumeirah Vittaveli offers romantic escapes as well as a variety of land- and water-based activities, including the destination’s first ice rink, a PADI Dive base, water sports centre, six restaurants and bars, and two lounges; an underground tasting room and a wine library will open soon. 
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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru launches submarine adventure

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DeepFlight produces the world’s highest performance personal submarines.

From today, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru will become the first place to launch submarine excursions in DeepFlight’s most advanced model yet: Super Falcon 3S.

In a world exclusive, DeepFlight Adventures take up to two guests on a once-in-a-lifetime sub-aquatic ‘dive’ exploration of the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Landaa Giraavaru’s Baa Atoll home.

With a professional pilot at the controls, passengers can skim over coral formations; fly through shoals of brightly coloured fish; encounter creatures like turtles, sharks, dolphins and rays; and explore the Maldivian waters down to a depth of 37 meters – all without getting wet.

Brought to the Maldives in collaboration with leading water sports operator, Ocean Group, the Super Falcon 3S represents the pinnacle of personal submarine technology: an environmentally friendly, battery-operated submersible that offers unparalleled underwater ‘flying’ from the safety, comfort and style of a personal pressurized and air-conditioned cockpit, with individual viewing domes.

The Super Falcon 3S has also been designed with the environment in mind: its electric and acoustic emissions have been minimized so as not to disturb marine life, and it never lands on the seabed or reefs.

The pilot narrates each dive with a real-time commentary, educating and inspiring guests about the wonders of the underwater ecosystem.

Commenting on the launch, Four Seasons regional vice president, Armando Kraenzlin, said: “At Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, we have long been aligned with DeepFlight’s mission to bring awareness to the oceans.

“These submarine excursions redefine marine exploration and bridge the gap between the world we see above the waves and the one that exists below.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be the first resort in the world to launch the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S.”

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Zitek takes up sous chef role at St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has announced Olda Zitek has been appointed as executive sous chef.

Zitek will join the private island resort in early May 2018 from Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square where he worked as executive sous chef from November 2016.

Prior to this, Zitek held the position of head chef at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel London, after roles in other five-star London hotels such as Claridge’s and The May Fair Hotel.

Zitek will support the executive chef at The St. Regis Maldives in supervising operations at the resort’s six distinct dining venues, which offer sophisticated cuisine from around the world.

He will oversee the entire culinary team, which delivers exceptional food and drink experiences to guests.

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Commenting on the appointment, Alexander Blair, general manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Olda join us at The St. Regis Maldives.

“We pride ourselves on delivering unrivalled experiences and exceptional service, so Olda’s background with some of London’s most luxury hotels means he is great fit for our team.

“We look forward to working with him and can’t wait to see to see his skillset being put to use for our guests.”

Zitek is originally from the Czech Republic and is fluent in Czech, English, and Slovak.

World Spa Awards

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort will host the World Spa Awards later this year.

Taking place on October 26th, the event will welcome leaders from the global wellness industry to the Maldives.

Find out more on the official website.

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A U M Fawzy, chief executive, Trans Maldivian Airlines

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A U M Fawzy, chief executive of seaplane operator Trans Maldivian Airlines, talks to Breaking Travel News during Arabian Travel Market 2018.

He tells us about the vital role his company plays in this rapidly developing destination.

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Haris Mohamed, acting managing director, Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation

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Breaking Travel News speaks to Haris Mohamed, acting managing director, Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation, about the destination, its growing visitor numbers, and how the World Spa Awards will play a vital role in promoting the country in an international audience.

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ATM 2018: Sun Aqua unveils Sun Aqua Iru Veli, Maldives

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ATM 2018: Sun Aqua unveils Sun Aqua Iru Veli, Maldives

Sun Aqua is launching the third property in their portfolio; Sun Aqua Iru Veli, an exclusive resort on the island of Aluvifushi, a private island for guests only in the heart of the South Nilandhe Atoll.

The resort is scheduled to open in October 2018.

True to the Sun Aqua brand, the new resort is laid-back and stylish with a playful vibe.

Iru Veli is a five-star premium all-inclusive resort of 125 villas and suites, all with private pools. Across the lagoon and along the beach, a variety of over-water and beach front villas offers total seclusion in open spaces.

All villas, whether couples’ suites or extended family villas, feature vistas across the Indian Ocean in true Maldivian style.

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Sun Aqua Iru Veli is a quick 40-minute seaplane ride from Malè and the international airport. Features include an infinity pool, a fully equipped recreation centre, a variety of activities and water sports such as jet ski, wind surfing, fun rides, catamaran sailing etc.

Sun Aqua Spa, with its six treatment pavilions and hydrotherapy area, is perched over the lagoon as an over-water spa offering a range of treatments combining western and eastern philosophies.

Dining options include an all-day dining restaurant with an international menu, a grill restaurant set on the beach with focus on fresh seafood and meat dishes, and an over-water restaurant with Italian specialities.

There is also the option of making dinner a private affair with the resort’s destination dining.

As an added flavour, Middle Eastern guests will be happy to learn that the Sun Aqua Signature, the premium all-inclusive plan, includes one daily shisha per couple at the Shisha Lounge free of charge.

Sun Aqua brand is a visionary creation from Sun Siyam, one of the most forward-thinking and dynamic hospitality companies in the Maldives.

With Maldivian entrepreneur Ahmed Siyam Mohamed at the helm, Sun Siyam aims to create a collection of hotel and resort brands across the Indian Ocean and Asia infused with his uniquely passionate and colourful spirit.

The vibe is unpretentious and laid-back yet is punctuated by bursts of vivid colour and quirky touches.

Sun Siyam Resorts will be attending the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai until April 25th at stand AS2350.

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St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort to host World Spa Awards 2018

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World Spa Awards has confirmed that its Gala Ceremony 2018 will be staged at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort on October 26th, welcoming hundreds of hospitality leaders from across the region and around the world.

A spectacular 40-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort promises a private island escape in the southern Dhaalu Atoll.

An eco-conscious design draws on island-inspired style and contemporary architectural elements, villas come with private plunge pools and every whim is catered to thanks to the personal St. Regis Butler Service.

However, the standout at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is arguably the 20,000 square foot Iridium Spa.

Meaning “of rainbows” in ancient Greek, Iridium Spa features six couples treatment suites (including two Ayurvedic suites with private steam rooms), a relaxation room with a glass floor for watching fish, and a Blue Hole hydrotherapy pool equipped with high-pressure water jets and massage cannons.

Announcing the decision, World Spa Awards managing director, Rebecca Cohen, said: “It will be an honour for World Spa Awards to visit the Maldives for the first time, later this year.

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“Unrivalled luxury, stunning white-sand beaches, an amazing underwater world, as well as spectacular spa and wellness offerings, make the Maldives the destination of choice for World Spa Awards.

“And I can think of no better partner for our fourth anniversary than Maldives’ finest address, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, offering a breath-taking overwater spa, a tranquil yoga and meditation studio and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. With so much on offer, it truly is a sanctuary for body and soul.”

Launched in 2015, World Spa Awards is a dynamic awards programme designed to drive up standards within spa and wellness tourism, by rewarding the organisations that are the leaders in the field.

Alexander Blair, general manager, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, added: “We are thrilled to be hosting the fourth annual World Spa Awards here at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

“It is an honour to hold such a prestigious Gala Ceremony in our beautiful surroundings.

“Our resort is home to the unique lobster-shaped Iridium Spa, which is the largest overwater spa in the Maldives – so The St. Regis Maldives lends itself perfectly as a venue to celebrate the brilliance of the global spa industry.

“We look forward to welcoming hospitality leaders from around the world to help recognise great success.”

For more information about World Spa Awards, visit the official website.

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Niyama Private Islands to welcome first private jets

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Niyama Private Islands have become accessible via private jet for the first time.

The news follows the opening of Dhaalu Airport in November, which is a mere ten minutes by speedboat from the hotel.

Niyama is the only resort in the Dhaalu atoll region to offer this luxury service, which is set to further cement the resort’s reputation as one of the leading luxury hotels in the world.

Combining unrivalled privacy with exceptional hospitality, Niyama Private Islands is the luxury Maldivian choice for discerning travellers.

Guests are now able to soar over sparkling atolls in the comfort of their own private jet, breeze through the VIP lounge at Dhaalu Airport before speeding across the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to a jetty reserved exclusively for travellers arriving via jet.

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For those wanting to continue their quest for complete solitude, Niyama offers a quintet of overwater pool villas – known as The Crescent – which fan out over the ocean in stunning isolation.

The epitome of luxury and considered one of the most exclusive villas in the Maldives, The Crescent accommodates 22 people and comes complete with private infinity pools, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, direct access to the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean as well as private chefs and butlers guaranteed to provide heartfelt personalised service.

There are five two-bedroom over-water Studios which enjoy their own private stretch of beach away from the main resort.

The Studios are available for hire individually, or for large families and groups, they can be hired collectively.

Set across two spacious private islands, appropriately named Play and Chill, connected only by a single wooden bridge across the Indian Ocean, Niyama Private Islands is a truly special Maldivian resort in the south-western atoll of Dhaalu.

The twin islands take barefoot luxury to an exotic new level with their distinctive edgy feel and extraordinary range of activities which allow the stylish, aspirational traveller to expand on the traditional Maldivian itinerary.

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Tibaldi to lead One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

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One&Only has announced the appointment of established industry leader Jan Tibaldi as general manager of One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives.

In his new role, Tibaldi will be responsible for the overall operation and strategic development of the award-winning all-villa resort, as well as leading the One&Only Reethi Rah team to continue to create unrivalled guest experiences.

He brings almost 30 years of international experience in the luxury hospitality industry to One&Only Reethi Rah, having previously held senior positions at some of the most prestigious luxury hotels in the world, including prior roles with One&Only.

Prior to joining One&Only Reethi Rah, Tibaldi held the role of general manager at The PuLi Hotel and Spa, a five-star resort in Shanghai, China.

He has held notable senior leadership positions at global luxury hotel brands including Oberoi, Viceroy and Four Seasons.

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Tibaldi holds a degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in the USA.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jan Tibaldi back to One&Only. One&Only Reethi Rah is an extraordinary resort that sets the standard for ultra-luxury in the Indian Ocean, offering unrivalled style, unparalleled privacy and truly unique experiences for guests to discover,” said Philippe Zuber, president, One&Only Resorts.

“His global expertise and extensive background in the luxury hotel sector is a fantastic asset for One&Only.

“Led by Jan, the passionate team at One&Only Reethi Rah will go on to achieve even greater success.”

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UK visitors drive up tourism figures in the Maldives

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UK visitors drive up tourism figures in the Maldives

The Maldives has announced a 9.3 per cent year-on-year increase on the number of UK travellers who visited the country in February 2018, welcoming a total of 11,362 tourists from the UK, compared with 10,395 who visited during February 2017.

Furthermore, 20,804 UK travellers visited the Maldives during the first two months of 2018, representing a 9.4 per cent growth in numbers when compared with the same period of 2017, during which the Maldives welcomed 19,025 UK travellers.

Worldwide visitor arrivals also saw a 19.2 per cent year-on-year increase in February, with a total of 144,286 global travellers visiting the Maldives.

Speaking about the announcement, Mohamed Haris, managing director of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation, said: “The UK is one of the Maldives’ most important long-haul inbound markets, representing over seven per cent of total visitors so we are very pleased to once again see an increase in the number of travellers from the United Kingdom.

“With several new tourism developments taking place in the Maldives this year, including a new runway and terminal being built at Velana International Airport and 23 new resorts scheduled to open by 2019, our tourism infrastructure is continuing to expand which will provide visitors with even more choice when visiting the Maldives.”

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The Maldives was presented with a host of impressive travel industry awards in 2017, confirming its status as one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world.

Most importantly the country was recognised as Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination by the World Travel Awards.

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Cadau appointed head chef at Gili Lankanfushi

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Gili Lankanfushi has appointed Aldo Cadau as the island’s new executive chef.

Cadau joins the Gili Lankanfushi team in an exciting phase of the island’s gastronomic journey, as he spearheads developments in the resort’s restaurants, news of which will be announced in spring 2018. 

He will oversee operations of the main restaurant and Gili Lankanfushi’s other dining destinations.

These include By the Sea, a Japanese fine-dining restaurant specialising in exquisite sushi, Fini Foni, a poolside ice cream parlour, and the Overwater Bar, in addition to destination dining experiences and in-room villa dining.

Hailing from Sardinia, Cadau’s culinary passion started in his mother’s kitchen, helping her make fresh pasta, pastries and bread.

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His father reared pigs and sheep and taught him how to make prosciutto sausages and cheese, instilling the importance of food’s provenance from a very early age.

Inspired by his upbringing, Cadau continued his culinary journey and trained at the Hotel Institute in Arzachena, Italy.

Bringing a wealth of international influences and impeccable standards of service to Gili Lankanfushi, Cadau looks forward to introducing sand oven cooking techniques to the island, the first of its kind in the Maldives, inspired by the subterranean cooking techniques he learnt in the Middle East.

David Stepetic, general manager of Gili Lankanfushi, said: “Having worked with Aldo previously, I am very excited for him to bring his wonderful culinary – talent and culture to the island.

“He has an intrinsic respect for food and ingredients while being a natural creative, always delivering memorable dining experiences for his guests. 

“We look forward to working with him to grow Gili Lankanfushi’s reputation as one of the Maldives finest gourmet destinations.”

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Gili Lankanfushi reveals 2018 wellness programme

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Luxury Maldivian eco-resort, Gili Lankanfushi, is debuting a revolutionary new wellness programme for 2018.

Four world-leading international wellness practitioners, working in areas as diverse as transformational breath-work, sound therapy, and hypnotherapy, will be leading island residencies throughout the year.

The will offer treatments and workshops for guests, and passing on their skills to the team at the island’s Meera Spa.

The international wellness residency programme will kick off in March with bestselling author, Ayurveda enthusiast, cook, and wellbeing entrepreneur Jasmine Hemsley visiting Gili Lankanfushi from March 12th-19th.

Hemsley will be leading immersive and soothing sound bath sessions, helping guests to switch off their minds, open their hearts and nurture their spirits with waves of therapeutic crystal tones to balance the chakras.

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April 10th-18th will see the arrival of international author, breath coach and founder of Breathing Tree, Rebecca Dennis.

Dennis trained in the cutting edge breath technique transformational breath, used to harness the power of conscious breathing to unblock emotions and release tension, and specialises in treating issues such as stress, anxiety, addiction and sleep problems. 

Meditation guide, inspirational speaker, writer and intuitive mentor Jody Shield will be taking over the island from August 22nd-29th.

Shield is fast becoming a household name amongst London’s high-fliers as the go-to healer to solve all manner of modern woes, supporting people to process the past, be present and build a life they love.

The final international wellness residency of the year will be hypnotherapist, anxiety expert and bestselling author Chloe Brotheridge.

She will be leading hypnotherapy workshops on the island for guests from November 10th-17th, to help with issues including anxiety, confidence and sleep problems.

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UK visitors drive tourism growth in the Maldives

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The Maldives has announced an 18.7 per cent increase in UK visitor arrivals during November 2017, when compared with the same month in 2016.

In total, 9,579 UK visitors travelled to the Maldives during November 2017, compared with 8,073 in November 2016.

Furthermore, UK visitors represented 7.9 per cent of all visitors to the Maldives in November 2017, with a total of 94,258 UK visitors travelling to the Maldives in the first 11 months of 2017, a 1.1 per cent year-on-year increase.

With regards to worldwide arrivals to the Maldives, the island nation witnessed a year-on-year growth of 15.2 per cent in November 2017, with 120,506 international tourists visiting the Maldives during November 2017.

The total number of arrivals to the Maldives in 2017 stood at 1,246,502 by the end of November and when compared with the same period in 2016, total tourist arrivals have increased by 6.8 per cent.

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To support the increasing demand for tourism in the Maldives, the country will welcome several new tourism developments during 2018, including expansion plans at the recently rebranded Velana International Airport and the opening of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge in July.

Speaking at a recent press conference, Mohamed Anil, attorney general, Maldives, said: “This is a very exciting time for the Maldives with a number of key infrastructure developments taking place during 2018 and beyond, which will benefit both tourists and the local community.

“Our tourism industry is continuing to expand and with ten new hotel resorts opening during the next few years, we look forward to being able to accommodate even more visitors from overseas.”

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Etihad Airways to boost Maldives connections from June 2018

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Etihad Airways has announced four additional weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi-Malé route, taking frequency to the idyllic Maldives to 11 services a week from June next year.

The extra flights, effective June 15th, will operate year-round and provide more travel options with an early morning arrival enabling guests to maximise their stay in the Maldives.

In addition to providing greater choice and flexibility for UAE and GCC residents, overall connectivity and timing options between the Maldives and key countries on Etihad Airways’ European network will be enhanced.

These include the major markets of the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Russia.

The expansion from the current daily operation will continue to see a two-class A320 aircraft on the route, offering 16 seats in business class and 120 in economy.

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Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways chief executive, said: “We are increasing frequency to 11 flights a week in order to cater to growing demand on the route, and to provide our guests with more choice of flights so that they can make the most of their stay in the Maldives.”

Since launching the route in November 2011, Etihad Airways has flown more than 550,000 passengers to and from the Maldives. Visitors from the UAE increased 35 per cent over the past 12 months, while Europe continues to be the main source market for the Maldives, one of the world’s premium honeymoon and leisure destinations.

The additional flights will operate every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June.

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Hong Kong Airlines to fly to the Maldives from January

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Hong Kong Airlines has announced it will operate a three-time weekly service to the Maldives from January 16th next year.

Located in the majestic Indian Ocean, the Maldives is comprised of a series of islands renowned for their natural beauty.

As a popular holiday hotspot, the islands that make up this exotic travel destination are blessed with white sandy beaches, and are surrounded by crystal clear water – home to a spectacular array of underwater life.

The perfect holiday begins even before passengers touch down at Malé, the capital of the Maldives.

Hong Kong Airlines will operate its Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which features a two-class configuration, including 32 full-flat seats in Business Class and 260 seats in Economy Class.

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Combined with an immersive range of inflight entertainment content, and sumptuous gourmet meals in the air, Hong Kong Airlines is looking to deliver an unforgettable flight experience to all.

Wayne Wang, assistant director of commercial at Hong Kong Airlines, said: “The Maldives represents the perfect getaway for a growing number of travellers, having enjoyed a 5.9 per cent year-on-year growth during the first eight months of 2017, according to official statistics by the Ministry of Tourism (Republic of Maldives).

“Hong Kong Airlines is looking to meet this demand, as we strive to provide customers from Hong Kong and beyond with more choices than before.”

Flights will depart from Hong Kong to Malé International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Each traveller will receive a 30-day visa on arrival.

The flight time between Hong Kong and Malé is approximately six hours.

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Mohamed Anil, Maldives attorney general

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Mohamed Anil, Maldives attorney general, speaks to Breaking Travel News about a series of infrastructure developments in the Indian Ocean destination that are designed to improve the opportunities on offer to young citizens. He also tells Breaking Travel News how the expansion of the newly renamed airport will allow the country to welcome more holidaymakers.

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WTM 2017: Maldives unveils ambitious infrastructure expansion

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WTM 2017: Maldives unveils ambitious infrastructure expansion

Mohamed Anil, Maldives attorney general, has announced several new tourism developments taking place in the country for 2018 during a press briefing at World Travel Market in London.

The announced plans include expansion of the recently rebranded Velana International Airport and the opening of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge in July 2018 as well as development plans of the health services in the Maldives, providing world-class medical care to both the community and the tourism industry for 2018.

Furthermore, the Maldives government is also looking to build a Youth City on Hulhumalé, an island adjacent to the capital city, with the aim of providing accommodation and employment for future generations.

The new developments in the Maldives will support the increasing demand for tourism to the island nation, with the UK continuing to be an important inbound market with 68,007 UK tourists visiting the country from January – August 2017.

This figure accounts for 7.6 per cent of all tourists visiting and is the second highest share across all inbound markets for this period.

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The China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, set to be completed and inaugurated in July 2018, will be a welcomed addition to the Maldives’ infrastructure.

The 1.39-kilometre-long and 20.3-metre-wide bridge will span from Malé’s eastern edge to the western corner of the island of Hulhulé, where Velana International Airport is located.

The bridge project, which was launched in 2015 and is the first project of its kind in the Maldives, will provide two lanes for four-wheeled vehicles as well as separate lanes for bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians.

Construction of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge began in 2016 and following its completion in mid-2018, the bridge will help to improve inter-island transport and economic development in the region by providing a reliable land connection for locals and holidaymakers between the capital Malé, the airport and the new youth city Hulhumalé.

Following its rebranding in January 2017, and to help handle an increasing number of visitors to the Maldives, Velana International Airport is currently embarking on an impressive infrastructure development, including a new passenger terminal, expected to be completed in 2019-20.

In mid-2018, the airport will also open a new 3,400-metre-long, 60-metre-wide Code-F runway that will allow the airport to accommodate the world’s largest passenger airliner, the Airbus A380, with the aim to cater for seven million passengers per year.

Once completed, the existing runway will be used as a taxiway, reducing the turnaround time of aircrafts at the airport.

Formerly known as Ibrahim Nasir International, the main international airport in the Maldives was rebranded as Velana International Airport from January to pay homage to the family name of Ibrahim Nasir, the former president of the Republic of Maldives who brought independence to the nation and opened the first Maldivian Airport at Hulhulé island in April 1966.

The developments at Velana International Airport will help to increase the number of tourists arriving in Maldives along with improving the standard and quality of services provided to its customers.

Anil said: “This is a very exciting time for the Maldives with a number of key infrastructure developments taking place during 2018 and beyond, which will benefit both tourists and the local community.

“Our tourism industry is continuing to expand and with ten new hotel resorts opening during the next few years, we look forward to being able to accommodate even more visitors from overseas.”

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Qatar Airways takes Airbus A350 to Maldives for first time

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Qatar Airways takes Airbus A350 to Maldives for first time

Qatar Airways has become the first airline to fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to the Maldives.

The airline has upgraded its current double-daily A330 service to an A350, with the first A350 beginning operations today and the second A350 service joining shortly afterwards on November 3rd.

Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are proud to be the first airline to fly our Airbus A350 to the Maldives.

“As one of the airline’s most in-demand destinations, we are delighted to be upgrading our aircraft and providing our passengers with the ultimate comfort and services on board one of the most technologically innovative aircraft in the sky.”

Renowned worldwide for its pristine white-sandy beaches, idyllic diving spots and preserved natural wonders, the Maldives is truly one of the world’s most exotic and tranquil leisure destinations.

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The picture-perfect islands are located in the Indian Ocean and are just five hours from Doha.

Qatar Airways first launched service to the Maldives in December 2001.

Qatar Airways was the global launch customer of the Airbus A350 in January 2015.

The award-winning airline has the largest fleet of this aircraft type of any airline in the world and currently operates 19 A350 aircraft across its global network to destinations, including Adelaide, Brussels, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo.

It was the first airline to fly the A350 to the United States and to Australia.

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Emaar signs for first property in the Maldives

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Emaar Hospiality Group has announced its expansion in the Indian Ocean with a hotel management contract to operate Address Madivaru Maldives Resort + Spa.

The property is designed as a picturesque beachfront resort set in a private island in the Indian Ocean, only 20 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport.

The expansion to the Indian Ocean archipelago underlines the international growth plans of Emaar Hospitality Group, which now has 29 upcoming hotel projects in the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, and now, Maldives.

The group currently has 11 operational hotels and three serviced residences in Dubai, its home-market.

Scheduled to be operational in 2020, Address Madivaru Maldives Resort + Spa will be the first-of-its-kind island hotel project by Address Hotels + Resorts, the premium lifestyle hotel and serviced residences brand of Emaar Hospitality Group.

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A part of the 2.42 sq km Ethere Madivaru Private Island, owned by Adam Abdul Gafoor, chairman of Finolhu Investment, Address Madivaru Maldives Resort + Spa spans a total area of 75,000 sq m, with its design and contours defined by the vast coastline.

Billed to be a spectacular vacation destination, the hotel project includes 80 beach and over-water villas including selected units for sale.

Gafoor said: “We are delighted to welcome Emaar Hospitality Group’s Address brand to Maldives to manage our exceptional property that will complement our nation’s focus on tourism growth.

“Maldives has been the cornerstone of Indian Ocean tourism, and the government has announced visionary initiatives to drive the role of the private sector, including the long-term lease of islands for resort development.”

Among the stand-out features of Address Madivaru Maldives Resort + Spa include a dedicated Spa Island and Water Sports Island offering diving, surfing and a host of leisure pursuits, as well as water villas and presidential suites that redefine the standards of ultra-luxury hospitality.

Amenities such as floating restaurants and lounges, over-water fitness facilities, swimming pools, and children’s play areas are all thoughtfully designed to maximise the oceanfront location.

Olivier Harnisch, chief executive, Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “One of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, Maldives is an ideal fit to our expansion plans to take our proven competencies in hospitality to newer geographies.

“It is our privilege to have been chosen by Finolhu Investment to manage this iconic property in the Indian Ocean.

“We will work closely in the design and development of the hotel project, with a focus on maximising its oceanfront location. Address Madivaru Maldives Resort + Spa will not only enhance our reputation as a global hospitality provider but also add value to the local economy through its role in promoting premium tourism and holiday home investments.”

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Travel Trade Maldives debuts in Indian Ocean

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Travel Trade Maldives debuts in Indian Ocean

The inaugural Travel Trade Maldives has taken place in, with over 200 tourism professionals in attendance.

Held at Dharubaaruge in the Maldivian capital, Malé, the travel trade show was the first of its kind in the country and attendees included resort and hotel general managers, resident managers, key hotel owners, international travel trade stakeholders and other travel industry professionals.

In total, over 3,000 scheduled meetings took place at the show, to discuss business contracts worth more than $1 billion combined.

Alongside industry meetings, the summit also played host to four panel events, in which more than 80 general managers from resorts and hotels in the Maldives took part.

In addition, the first ever Tourism Career Fair was also held during TTM at the National Art Gallery, with over 2,000 students and industry professionals meeting with hotels and resorts currently recruiting.

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Tourism is an extremely important market to the Maldives and the destination continues to welcome an increasing number of tourists, including a 3.2 per cent rise in UK visitors in June 2017, compared to last year.

The Maldives government has therefore announced plans to develop over 50 resorts before the end of 2018, with estimations that the island nation will have over 50,000 beds available to tourists by 2020.

Following the success of the first TTM, the second Travel Trade Maldives show is scheduled to take place over an extended three days from May 1st-3rd, 2018.

For further information on Travel Trade Maldives or to register for the show, visit the official website.

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