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Turkish Airlines Awarded “Five-Star Global Airline” in APEX Official Airline Ratings

Aiming to offer a Five-Star service at each and every passenger touch point, the latest accolade is an important affirmation of Turkish Airlines’ dedication to further improving its brand experience.

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, has been named a “Five-Star Global Airline” by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Official Airline Ratings. The prestigious award, based on passenger feedback, was presented to Turkish Airlines at the APEX Award Ceremony at Expo 2017 in Long Beach, California.

This five-star ranking reaffirms Turkish Airlines’ position as a global leader in passenger experience and comfort.

Commenting on the airline’s latest accolade, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines M. İlker Aycı said: “We strive to provide the best travel experience to our guests and having been named a ‘Five Star Global Airline’ by passenger votes is the most valuable recognition that we can have in return.  What differentiates us is that while connecting our guests with their loved ones, we turn great ideas into reality that result in a travel experience full of unique services and delightful differences. Touching our passengers’ hearts is the key factor that earned us a series of awards. This is our most important advantage over our competitors.”

The APEX Official Airline Ratings are the industry’s first rating program based solely on passengers’ verified feedback. This innovative industry program gathers passenger feedback based on travel itineraries and provides an audited third-party analysis of the insights gathered.


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Air France Begins Direct Flights To Maldives

Air France on 02 Nov 17  began operating direct flights to the Maldives.The maiden flight of Air France landed at the Maldives main Velana International Airport Thursday morning to a water salute. Economic minister Mohamed Saeed along with top officials from state-owned airport operator Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) greeted the crew and passengers.Air France will offer two weekly flights to the Maldives on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.The airline will use a Boeing 777-200 jet equipped with the latest Air France travel cabins, and with a capacity of 312 seats, including 28 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 260 in Economy. Flights operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays on departure from Paris and on Thursdays and Sundays on departure from Male.

Fushifaru Maldives Opens Ahead Of Schedule

Located in Faadhippolhu Atoll, commonly known as Lhaviyani Atoll, the resort’s name was inspired by ‘fushi’ (island) and ‘faru’ (reef) in the local language. The resort boasts a gateway to a legendary landscape between two channels connecting the atoll’s inner lagoon to the Indian Ocean. The bigger channel, Fushifaru Kandu, is a national Marin Protected Area and houses three iconic dive sites including Fushifaru Thila – one of the most popular dive sites in the Maldives.

The 49 beach and water villas display the perfect balance of Maldivian designs and modern aesthetics; catering numerous choices to adventurists, conservationists and traditionalists. Guests can choose international breakfast, lunch and dinner from Korakali, or visit Raakani Grill to enjoy signature Asian recipes with the finest local seafood. The Fanihandhi Bar is the perfect place to go for detoxtails and sunset cocktails

SATA Awards Celebrates Excellence In South Asian Tourism Industry

This year’s SATA winners were announced in a glamorous Gala held at the Equator Village in Addu, Maldives. Nominees from India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives were in attendance at the event. As the host country, Maldives won awards for Leading Honeymoon, Leading Diving and Leading Beach Award, while India bagged the Leading Heritage and Leading MICE Destinations. Sri Lanka took the Leading Surfing destination and Nepal claimed the robust Leading Adventure Destination

Qatar Airways Makes History As The First Airline Ever To Operate Airbus A350 To Maldives

The service was commenced on 31 October 2017 to Velana International Airport, welcomed by officials of Maldives Airport Company Limited. The first A350 was piloted to Velana International Airport by the Maldivian captain Tolhath Anwar. In a move that makes history, Qatar Airways is the first airline ever to fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to the Maldives, Velana International Airport. 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 3 November 2017.


The Maldives announces major new economic transformation projects during WTM

His Excellency Mohamed Anil, Attorney General, has announced several new tourism developments taking place in the Maldives 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 Hulhumale, 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% of all tourists visiting and is the second highest share across all inbound markets for this period.

China-Maldives Friendship Bridge To Connect Capital Male With Airport Island of Hulhule

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 Male’s eastern edge to the western corner of the island of Hulhule, 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 Male, the airport and the new youth city Hulhumale.

Velana International Airport To Welcome New Terminal and Runway
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 on 1 January 2017 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 Hulhule 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.

Expansion Of Health Services
The expansion of health services at the main government hospital, Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), will include a new 25-storey building, which is expected to open in 2018. Furthermore, a brand new tertiary hospital named TreeTop Hospital is to be opened later this year in Hulhumale. Along with transforming the healthcare landscape of the Maldives and creating several employment opportunities, the expansion plans will provide tourists and the local community with world-class medical services and health facilities.

Maldives Government Launches Urban Development Project To Build ‘Youth City’ on Hulhumale
Hulhumale is a fully-reclaimed and pre-planned city located just eight kilometres from Male and connected to the International Airport by a causeway. The artificial island has been designed as a modern city to accommodate the growing population of the Maldives and provide green initiatives including environmentally-viable transport options and architecture. Alongside youth-focused residential accommodation and an international cruise terminal, Hulhumale will also offer recreational areas such as a yacht marina, Olympic-sized swimming pool, water theme park, sports arena, football and cricket stadium as well as a music and arts institute. After completion of these projects, the aim is to provide housing for more than one-third of the total population of the Maldives.

His Excellency Mohamed Anil, Attorney General, 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 10 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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Oceanfront Condos in Nilaveli: A slice of paradise to call ‘home’

Languidly lying just about 14 kilometres north of the city of Trincomalee, Nilaveli is home to a long stretch of beach with pearly white coral sand and shallow waters that allow one to wade out to the sea for hundreds of feet in some areas.

Cradled on the lap of a virgin sweep of beach here, Oceanfront Condos is a hideaway from the rest of the world, a place where gurgling waves wake one up to day upon day of sun-kissed bliss.

The very first beachfront, serviced, luxury and leisure apartments of its kind in the island, Oceanfront Condos, homes 81 condominiums in total. The first phase of the apartment contract is to be completed by September 2017; this means the event of handing over the keys to its owners is almost at hand.

Boasting of large living spaces that blend with its gorgeous natural surroundings, with each condominium enjoying views of the Indian Ocean from both the living and bedrooms, the condos are an ideal investment for a discerning few who understand the necessity to have a home away from home, a home to just throw the feet up and unwind by the beach.

What makes the model of Oceanfront Condos’ operations convenient is that once the apartment is purchased and furnished by the owner, the company acts as a facilitator for condominium rentals. While the owners go about their life, the company manages and lets out the condominiums on rent, thus enabling the owner parties to earn an additional income from their holiday beachfront homes.

Oceanfront Condos features a swimming pool, a gymnasium and a café within its precincts. It is also comfortably located, just a 20-minute boat ride away from the Pigeon Island Marine National Park with its jewelled coral gardens and 300 types of reef fish that makes it a snorkelers’ and divers’ paradise.

Oceanfront Condos’ close proximity to Trincomalee makes it a viable hub to visit. Its natural harbour, Konesvaram temple and Fort Frederick are some interesting sites here.

Another attraction, of course, is whale watching at the harbour. The potential buyers are invited to visit the property and its fully furnished show apartment this holiday season, to inspect and explore the value of this Nilaveli beachfront investment.

Located on a beautiful slice of paradise flaunting vibrantly coloured sunrises, Oceanfront Condos offers intimate moments with nature, blissful solitude and a hassle-free opportunity to earn an additional income. Do not miss the opportunity to reserve your very own apartment with the best view of the ocean.

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