Proposed amendments to the Tourism Act relating to lease extensions for Maldivian resorts are said to have divided opinion among industry insiders, according to the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI).
President Mohamed Nasheed claims growing opportunities to embrace foreign cultures and languages reflects Maldivian demand for a “more democratic, more liberal” country.
A collection of works by artists from across the SAARC member countries has gone on display at Male’s National Art Gallery.
The Secretary General of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) claims traveller demand remains on track to grow despite the impacts of possible taxation increases and high-profile protests.
“Continued disregard for our position on the matter will leave us with no alternative but to seek legal recourse,” Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation tells New7Wonders, after it insisted the Maldives remained in the competition.
Flights to the Maldives from Europe have so far not been impacted by the release of volcanic ash from Iceland into the local atmosphere, according to staff at Male’ International Airport.
Authority to withdraw a participant from the News7Wonders campaign is a decision for New7Wonders alone, not for any government agency, writes the organisation’s Head of Communications Eamonn Fitzgerald after the Maldivian government’s decision to withdraw from the campaign citing surprise bills.
Industry concerns that last week’s protests and Hong Kong’s subsequent travel alert would affect the growing Chinese tourism market in the Maldives have eased.
Organisers for the first international Maldives Beach Games have said they are confident the event will leave a long-lasting sporting legacy for both local people and tourists, despite the challenges of a lack of hosting experience and funding.