In an email obtained by Minivan News dated May 8, Airports Council International alerts its members that the Maldivian government is “in the process of transferring the Male airport to a wholly-owned subsidiary of MACL and may explore a sale of equity in this entity to another airport operator.”
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture said hosting the ceremony would play a significant part in promoting the Maldives internationally this year - a view shared by senior industry figures, despite their concerns about the number of sponsors receiving awards.
Did the government of the Maldives truly know that the company they were dealing with was really a shell corporation, asks a commentator on the World Travel Awards. "If it did not, then did they really pay exorbitant sums to advertise on the awards website?"
"I was shocked, I wondered what I could do to save her. Her fingernails and toenails were purple. I tried calling her name, she didn't answer. I frantically felt for her pulse, but there was none," said the woman's husband.
Sun Travel and Tours has abruptly terminated its agreement with hotel giant Hilton to manage the Maldives Iru Fushi Resort leading to the resignation of 30 employees at the property, staff have alleged. Some guests have also canceled bookings with local operators.
The potential for expanding mid-market tourism in the Maldives through the “niche” guesthouse segment has threatened to emerge as an early election issue after senior opposition and government figures clashed this month over how best the country's inhabited islands can profit from visitors.
Seventy people representing 12 nationalities - including scuba divers representing all levels of experience, underwater photo journalists, and guests - participated in the 24 hour “10 to 10 Rannamaari wreck” event.
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