Vadinolhu island will be developed into a five star resort through the Best Choice Real Estate Development company, which has urged developers to take care of the Maldives’ “investment friendly policies”.
The trade union has suggested that certain resorts are reducing the amount of service charge given to employees, calling upon the government to improve regulation. Meanwhile, others in the industry have expressed doubt that such practices exist.
A survey carried out by Agoda revealed that one in five people would choose the Indian Ocean nation as their preferred honeymoon destination, with Paris and the Greek islands following, each with less than half the number of votes.
“Despite our efforts, external factors such as the depreciation of Asian currencies against the US dollar and the chronic lack of hotel room supply in Maldives resulted in cancellation of thousands of bookings by travel operators,” said the carrier’s CEO.
“[The increase in arrivals] was mainly due to the large increase in tourist arrivals from China, coupled with a slight growth in arrivals from Europe. Reﬂecting this, the total bednights and occupancy rate also recorded an increase during the year,” the MMA’s monthly economic review stated.
Following a letter of complaint from the Islamic Ministry, Malé Mayor Ali Manik has called upon all local guest house and hotel owners to ensure that guests are aware of the appropriate form of dress in the Islamic nation’s inhabited islands.
The senior officials of the MDP government are accused of incurring financial losses to the state by amending the airport development contract with the GMR-MAHB consortium to reduce the concession fee on jet fuel sales from 15 to one percent, resulting in a shortfall of MVR53.8 million (US$3.5 million).
One week of cultural and healthcare exchanges will celebrate the “robust” bilateral ties between the Maldives and its northern neighbour, the Indian High Commissioner has said.
We have altogether 20 guest houses in Maafushi now, and 144 rooms…Assuming average duration of stay is 4 days, that’s 17,000 guests per year. With conservative estimates and past revenue records, it is estimated that about $9.7 million will enter the local Maafushi economy.