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Oman Air to return to the Maldives

Oman Air will resume its service between Muscat and Malé in the Maldives.

Flights will recommence for the winter season from October 28th and will be operated by the new Boeing 737 aircraft.

Oman Air flights from Muscat to Maldives will operate on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the flight from Maldives to Muscat will operate on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The Maldives is a beautiful chain of 26 ring atolls, made up of more than 1,000 coral islands, located only three and a half hours away from Oman.

Well known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs, the Maldives is an incredibly popular tourist destination with an increasing number of international visitors arriving year on year.

Abdulaziz Al Raisi, chief executive of Oman Air, said: “We are delighted to be resuming our Maldives route and look forward to welcoming our valued Oman Air guests on board our latest Boeing 737 aircraft.

“We thoroughly encourage our friends from Europe and the rest of our network, flying to the Maldives to stop over and explore Oman en route.

“Our new Maldives service offers holidaymakers the perfect opportunity to explore Muscat, the metropolitan capital of Oman before escaping to the beautiful shores of the Maldives.”

The relaunch of the Maldives service comes at an exciting time, as Oman Air recently started their flights to Istanbul in June with operations scheduled to Casablanca in July and Moscow in October.

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Special screening of ‘Made in Chelsea’ TV series episode at Sri Lankan High Commission in London

The Sri Lanka High Commission in London hosted a special screening on 2 May of an episode of the popular TV series ‘Made in Chelsea’, which was filmed in Sri Lanka. The event was attended by a number of travel journalists, including the British Guild of Travel Writers Chairman, representatives of the Shangri-La Hotels, the Massey Partnership, as well as the actors and actresses starring in the TV show.  

Made in Chelsea is an award-winning reality television series broadcasted by E4 in the United Kingdom. The show journals the lives of affluent young people in the West London area.

Prior to the commencement of the TV show, two-minutes of silence was observed in memory of the late Dr. Lester James Peiris and his contribution to the film industry of Sri Lanka and the world at large. A documentary featuring the life and works of Dr. Lester James Peiris was screened.

Speaking at the occasion, Acting High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna said that a number of notable Hollywood movies, including David Lean’s ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai,’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,’ were filmed in Sri Lanka. He also mentioned the recent TV series ‘The Good Karma Hospital,’ which was filmed in Sri Lanka and aired on ITV. The Acting High Commissioner further stated that Sri Lanka has much to offer film makers: not only excellent locations, but also a diverse array of human resources that cut across different production categories, as witnessed by the many international accolades received by Sri Lankan filmmakers.

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Hilton to Open Maldives’ First Curio Collection Resort in 2018

Hilton on Monday announced plans to open a new boutique resort in the Maldives under the Curio Collection by Hilton brand.The new Curio Collection property forms part of CROSSROADS project, the first ever integrated leisure and entertainment resort destination in the Maldives that is currently under development in Emboodhoo Lagoon. The new resort will be managed by S Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Thai developer Singha Estate, and is scheduled to open in end-2018.

“Opening the first Curio Collection hotel in the Maldives is a very exciting milestone for us,” Mark Nogal, Global Brand Head for Curio Collection by Hilton, was quoted in a statement.“The Maldives is renowned for being a one-of-a-kind tropical paradise and we are confident that the resort will offer curious travellers seeking an authentic experience truly memorable accommodations.”The new resort, which is 15 minutes away by speedboat to the Maldives main Velana International Airport, will have 198 spacious guest rooms, beach villas and overwater villas as well as facilities such as a fitness centre and swimming pool. In addition to duty free shops and multiple restaurants, guests of the resort will also enjoy convenient access to a beach club, water sports, a dive centre, a cultural centre and a kids club — all located within CROSSROADS.

JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa Set to Open in November

Marriott International has announced plans to launch its JW Marriott brand in Maldives with the opening of JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa in November.

The 61-villa property will be headed up by renowned General Manager Marc Gussing and will bring fierce competition to the Maldives, with highlights including a private pool with every villa, a treetop restaurant, an and expansive wine cellar.The resort, located on the island of Vagaru in the northern Shaviyani atoll, will be accessible by a scenic 55-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport.

Guests will have a choice between five villa categories ranging from 234 sqm to 638 sqm, all of which come with private pools and spacious wooden decks.  There will be 29 secluded one- and two-bedroom beach villas nestled amongst the island’s lush greenery, each with its own private beach area. For guests who like to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean there will be 32 villas standing majestically on stilts over the glistening Laccadive Sea and one spectacular four-bedroom Royal Water Villa that will come complete with nanny’s quarters.

Over 100 hotels to participate in Maldives travel show

Over 100 resorts/hotel properties in the Maldives have confirmed their participation in the second edition of Travel Trade Show of Maldives (TTM), scheduled to take place in May.

TTM is scheduled to be held at Dharubaaruge, Male’ Maldives from May 1 to 3. It is expected that along with over 140 resorts/hotels properties, 200 international buyers/media will attend the show.

Premium Exhibitors include Adaaran Resorts, Angiri Resorts, Crown & Champa Resorts, Bandos Maldives and Villa Hotels & Resorts Maldives. TTM Gala night, which will be held at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, will host the TTM Awards on May 2. TTM will also host the second Hotelier Summit of the Maldives targeting the hotel investors, leading hotel owners, operators, developers, architects, interior designers and consultants.

The Hotelier Summit Maldives will offer a solution-oriented platform that facilitates face-to-face meetings, networking activities, and information exchange amongst the most elite assemblage of hotel owners and general managers. A total of four panels are scheduled to take place at the summit in which more than 150 hotel owners and general managers from resorts and hotels of Maldives will participate. Various topics are set to be discussed that are significant to the Maldivian tourism industry.

TTM 2018 will also hold the first Maldives Supplier Expo. It is the only event, where exhibiting companies can expect to meet key decision makers, engineering directors and procurement managers from all over the Maldives. A total of 1,000+ key decision makers and purchasing chiefs from over 150 resorts and leading companies of Maldives are expected to pass through the doors of the expo to visit and network with the exhibitors.

The second Tourism Career Fair will be held during TTM at Dharubaaruge on May 3. Much like last year, the career fair is a great opportunity for students/professionals to meet and network with tourism industry representatives in the Maldives. The career fair will be held from 20:00 – 23:00 at Dharubaaruge, Male’ Maldives.

TTM aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of 2 million tourists with over $3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020. More than 300 hoteliers, suppliers, related industries and travel industry professionals from the Maldives and abroad are expected to visit TTM to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends in the Maldives.

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Renowned Hotelier Didi, Indian Billionaire Abhishek Verma Announce Strategic Alliance To Invest In Maldives

Legendary Maldivian hotelier Ibrahim Mohammed Didi and Indian billionaire Abhishek Verma has announced a strategic alliance to invest in Maldives, especially in the island nation’s lucrative tourism industry.

The agreement signed on February 9 by Didi and Verma’s Olialia World covers five strategic investments in the Maldives, including the recently announced Olialia New Maldives concept.The development concept includes the construction of four luxury hotels, Chariots of the Gods theme park, a shipping and container port, a Special Economic Zone with offshore banking and export zones for seafood and poultry, a freight terminal, helicopter service across the Maldives with a fleet of 10 twin engine helicopters, an 18-hole golf course, housing project for upmarket villas and chalets, a bank, two hospitals containing about 300 inpatient beds each, and monorail between the islands of the northern atolls of Maldives along with a five-kilometre connecting bridge.

ITB Berlin Kicks Off With Record Number Of Representatives Showcasing Maldives

ITB Berlin 2018 has kicked off with a record number of representatives taking part in it, showcasing Maldives.According to a statement by Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), together with their officials, 268 representatives from 104 companies will take part in ITB Berlin2018. Maldives Ambassador for Germany Jameela Ali and MMPRC’s Acting Managing Director Haris Mohamed will be leading the delegation of Maldives during the fair to be held in Berlin, Germany from March 7th through 11th.The fair which is held at the Messe Berlin Exhibition grounds in German capital of Berlin, the Maldives is showcasing a variety of destination-specific experiences at a newly-designed 405 square metre, two-storey stand.