Velana International Airport celebrates Emirates 30 years of service to Maldives

Velana International Airport (VIA) celebrated Emirates 30 years of service to Maldives. An official water salute welcomed Emirates first flight of the day with an official function held at Maamehi Lounge at Velana International Airport.

The function was joined by the Managing Director of Maldives Airports Ltd (MACL) Mr. Adil Moosa, Representative of Maldives Civil Aviation Ms. Fathimath Raamiza, and Emirates District Manager Mr. Darrell Soertsz along with representatives of airport related institutions, staff of MACL and Emirates.

MACL MD Mr. Adil Moosa and Emirates District Manager Mr. Darrell Soertsz gave speeches at the function and corporate gifts were exchanged between the two companies. Moreover, a ceremonial cake was cut and group photos were taken on the occasion. The function was concluded after refreshments.

At the function, MD of MACL Mr. Adil Moosa emphasized on Emirates contribution to Maldives Tourism & trade and also congratulated Emirates for their 30 years of operations in the Maldives. Emirates District Manager Mr. Darrell Soertsz stated that Emirates has played an important part in Maldives with their huge number of passenger traffic & air cargo services. He also thanked Universal Enterprise and MACL for their continued support over the years.

Emirates Maldives Milestone Emirates Airlines commenced its operations on May 1987 with a B727 aircraft. Back then Emirates operated 02 flights a week with a capacity of 189 seats each.

  • October 1998 Emirates appoints Universal Enterprises as Passenger Sales Agent (PSA)
  • December 2000 Emirates appoints Universal Enterprises as Cargo Sales Agent
  • March 2004 Emirates adds 5 new services a week to Malé,
  • January 2005 Emirates opens new office amalgamating Emirates City office & PSA office
  • April 2005 Emirates SkyCargo launches ADX (Airport-to-Door) and DDX (Door-to-Door in Malé
  • 2006 Emirates becomes the first airline to open a cargo operations office at then-Malé
  • International Airport present Velana International Airport
  • August 2010 Emirates launches daily flights from Malé to Colombo
  • September 2012 Emirates voted Best Airline in the Maldives – Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO).
  • December 2014 Emirates adds third daily flight from Malé to Dubai

Now Emirates operates daily 4 flights (B777 – 300 ER) with a capacity of 360 seats on each flight.(3 flights to Dubai and 1 flight to Colombo).

About Maldives Airports Company Ltd

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) is a 100% government-owned limited liability company incorporated under the Companies Act of the Rep of Maldives. MACL is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Privatisation & Corporatisation Board of the Maldives. The Corporate Office of MACL is on the island of Hulhule’, Republic of Maldives Maldives Airports Company is the operator of Velana International Airport and has been massively involved in destination marketing and bringing in new airlines to the Maldives to boost up the tourism industry. MACL has embarked on one of the biggest projects in the history of Maldives in developing the future Velana International Airport such as the development of a brand new international passenger terminal, a new code F runway, a new cargo terminal complex and a new fuel farm along with hydrant system and major infrastructure developments at Velana internationals Airport.

2nd Annual ASC Maldives Open 2015 kicked off at Adaaran Select HudhuranFushi

Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) Maldives Open 2015 kicked off its 2nd event yesterday at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi. This event is a collaborative event organized by Maldives Bodyboarding Association (MBBA), Ministry of Tourism and ASC under a signed MOU for 5 years which started in 2014. Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi is also the primary sponsor and the host for this event. This event will be taking place for the next three years at one of the best surf points in Maldives, Lhohis Point at Adaaran resort.

Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) Maldives Open 2015

The opening event took place yesterday at Lhohis point where surfers and bodyboarders were catching the heat. The event started off with speeches from the Vice President of MBBA, Mr. Mohamed Khushruwan Ahmed, the General Manager of ASC Mr. Tim Hain and a supportive thanking speech from the Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) Mr. Abdulla Ziyath. This event concluded with a boduberu performance by Adaaran’s very own Boduberu team, a press conference at the end of the evening.

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ASC is one of the largest and most well-known surfing bodies in Indonesia that has been running since 2010 with the goal of helping countries in Asia, to grow the sport of surfing and bodyboarding by organizing such events that will help develop the skills of their surfers in healthy competition as well as to discover and attract more local and international surfers throughout the Asian region.

Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) Maldives Open 2015

The ASC works with many local, national and multinational event sponsors and organizers to maximize the result of these competitive surfing events, towards accomplishing the goal of sharing the sport and bringing positive economic, social and environmental benefits to the Asian region.

Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) Maldives Open 2015

With the help of such organizations, Maldives has been provided with a great opportunity to promote Maldives as a surf destination to that particular segment of the markets with some of the top surfers and bodyboarders from the Asian region visiting Maldives for this event. Such events will further put Maldives as a sought after surf destination in the global arena.

Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) Maldives Open 2015

Sri Lankan Firms Invest In A New Maldives Resort

Sri Lanka’s Brown Investments along with partners, Palm Garden and Eden Hotel have jointly bought Bodufaru Beach Resort Private Limited. Bodufaru Beach Resort Private Limited is a limited liability company in the Maldives who holds a 50 year head lease for the island of Bodufaru Finolhu in Raa Atoll of the Maldives to develop a tourist resort.

Raa Atoll is a Northern Atoll of the Maldives and to-date very few islands have been developed as tourist resorts in this atoll. ‘Bodufaru Finolhu’ directly translates to big reef sand bank in the local language (Dhivehi). It is a tiny island, in fact a sandbank with sparse vegetation located on a huge lagoon and a large house reef. This provides an opportunity to build several overwater bungalows which is one the favorite types of accommodations in Maldives resorts.

In a stock exchange filing the three companies Brown Investments, Palm Garden Hotel and Eden Hotel revealed that they have jointly invested 1.5 million US dollars to acquire the Maldives company and subsequently the rights to develop the resort. Each company invested 500,000 US dollars for a 33.33% of the equity.

Bodufaru Beach Resort Pvt Ltd will now be an associate of Eden Hotel Lanka PLC and a subsidiary of Palm Garden Hotels PLC and Browns Investments PLC. The companies have not yet given a schedule for the start of the construction and opening of the proposed resort.

Amilla Fushi Holds A Soft Opening

Amilla Fushi has held its soft opening on 21 December 2014, with the official opening set for 1 February 2015. Founded and managed by The Small Maldives Island Company, Amilla Fushi sets itself apart with a new modern approach on the ultimate, authentic Maldives experience with neat, contemporary architecture and a luxuriate feel, bringing a new way of doing things to a destination.

Ocean Lagoon House 2 Bedroom, Amilla Fushi
Ocean Lagoon House, Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi in the local language (Dhivehi) means ‘my island home’ – promises to offer genuine, warm hospitality, inviting and with impeccable service by the charming ‘Katheebs’ (island chief) Amilla Fushi is determined to show its guests the perfect holiday of your dreams experience in the Maldives. As Amilla means your own, there are no ‘paywalls’ obstructing guests from enjoying the UNESCO biosphere, Baa Atoll.

Tree House, Amilla Fushi
Tree House, Amilla Fushi

Unlike many resorts, at Amilla Fushi all watersports, whether motorised or not are complimentary. A free 50 minute spa treatment daily is certainly a bonus and with child caring included at the Kids Club, guests can have a worry free holiday for the whole family.

Beach Bazaar, Amilla Fushi
Amilla Fushi

Within snorkeling distance Amilla Fushi’s house reef boasts its ‘Blue Hole‘ dive site. Dive Butler International provides scuba diving services to beginners and experienced divers.

Pool, Amilla Fushi
Pool, Amilla Fushi

Island Houses of two or more bedrooms directly connecting under one roof are perfect for families. Lagoon Houses, 12 meter high tree houses and Ocean Reef and Ocean Lagoon houses range from 200 – 600 sq meter all have their own large pool. Beach residences of three to six bedrooms occupy 1000 – 3000 sq metre will also be available from April 2015, upon completion.

With modern elements incorporated,the architecture is inspired by the traditional Maldivian house and every detail was considered to keep the natural habitat intact.

Ocean Reef House, Amilla Fushi
Ocean Reef House, Amilla Fushi

Renowned Aussie Chef Luke Mangan prepares the food at a reasonable price. Lonu meaning Salt in Dhivehi is the over water restaurant to enjoy barbecue flavors with tropical ingredients .

Bazaar Bar is setup around the largest pool in the Maldives, giving the opportunity to enjoy diverse culinary offerings ranging from Tapas, and the first proper Fish and Chips shop and Joe’s Pizza.

Environmentally Conscious Kurumba Maldives Staff Rescue Corals

A team of volunteers joined forces with Kurumba staff on Wednesday (December 17) to rescue corals from a land reclamation project and help create the largest coral frames in the Maldives.

Thanks to the efforts of the team two massive 20ft coral frames packed with transplanted coral have been created on the house reef at Kurumba. The two adjacent frames are the largest of their kind in the Maldives and together form a new 40ft-long coral garden.

Kurumba Corals
Kurumba Corals

The group of Kurumba staff, Maldivians, expats and local NGO Save the Beach Maldives, spent the day searching underwater for live coral colonies in a section of water designated for land reclamation.

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The lagoon, which was abundant in marine life and various varieties of coral including staghorn and table coral, is due to be filled in in order to create more land for housing between the inhabited island of Hulhumale and the former resort Club Faru.

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Equipped with sturdy gloves the snorkelers and divers removed entire coral colonies by hand and placed them one-by-one in crates attached to buoys.

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They targeted resilient staghorn coral but other species including some rare black coral were also saved from the site. When the boat returned to Kurumba the corals were unloaded by the volunteers and placed on the two 20ft underwater frames.

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It is the first time such a project has been attempted in the Maldives on such a large scale. The 40ft section of transplanted coral will be kept under close observation by marine biologists.

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The volunteers used a tried-and-trusted coral transplantation technique which has already proved successful on a smaller scale at Kurumba.

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It is hoped that the recently-transplanted coral will adapt well to its new environment and eventually completely engulf the metal frames stretching 40ft across the sea bed a few metres off the shore at Kurumba Maldives.

 

OBLU by Atmosphere to open in November 2015

Following the remarkable success within just an year of opening of Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives, the five-star premium all-inclusive resort – Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts has launched a sub-brand, OBLU by Atmosphere. This “value” focused brand is envisioned to expand with the four star segment covering the entire Indian Ocean region.

“Genuine Value” is the key brand essence of OBLU by Atmosphere. All of its portfolio will deliver value for the cost conscious traveler without compromising the characteristics familiar with the Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts’ top class service and quality.

The sunset pool bar from above, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
The sunset pool bar from above, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives

OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, is scheduled to open in November 2015 as the first resort under this brand. The resort will feature contemporary Maldivian architecture in a trendy fresh vibrant color palette.

Helengeli is famed for its exotic house reef and being located in the eastern rim of the North Malé atoll, unparalleled dive locations are within the vicinity of the island. Currently the resort is going through a complete renovation to provide the brands four star all inclusive product for a luxurious holiday experience of value.

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts aims to expand OBLU by Atmosphere operations across numerous destinations in the Indian Ocean region within the next 4-5 years.

Coco Collection Unveils The Lucky Winner Of 5 nights At Coco Bodu Hithi

With the festive season approaching fast, even in the warm tropics of Maldives, Coco Collection announces the lucky winner of the online contest, “Win a luxury stay for 5 nights at Coco Bodu Hithi”. Launched on 01st October 2014 to celebrate the re-vamp of the corporate websites, this contest asked eager entrants to familiarize themselves with the Coco Collection brand and individual properties and then submit their responses to related questions.

Congratulations to Gillian Lowes who won the lucky draw for the luxurious prize! Gillian Lowes, along with a companion, will receive 5 night’s complimentary accommodation in a secluded Escape Water Residence to explore the romantic and timeless charm of Coco Bodu Hithi.

Escape Water Villa, Coco Bodu Hithi
Escape Water Villa, Coco Bodu Hithi

“As an exciting contest attracting strong participation from our online community, this was an incredible opportunity for our audience to get some insight on Coco Collection as a luxury boutique hotel brand. I am delighted to congratulate Gillian on the opportunity to experience the raw beauty and warm hospitality of our chic resort, Coco Bodu Hithi. Gillian will be experiencing the seclusion of one of our Escape Water Residences, which in 2015 will see the introduction of privileged benefits such as private butler services to enhance the experience for discerning travelers.” comments Shafa Shabeer, Coco Collection’s Director of Marketing. “I thank each and every one of our participants for entering the contest and look forward to the New Year as our team prepares to roll out more surprises for guests to Rediscover Life’s Beauty.”

Beach Cinema, Coco Bodu Hithi
Beach Cinema, Coco Bodu Hithi

With the joyous announcement of this Coco Gift, Coco Collection is delighted to start the festive season off with a bang. To rekindle the merry spirits this Christmas, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are channeling the state of ‘Ufaa’, a Dhivehi word that translates to ‘Happiness’. Some of the festive program highlights at the Coco Collection resorts will be the Christmas tradition of opening the Gingerbread Village at Air Restaurant at Coco Bodu Hithi, while Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu invites guests to join the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. With a signature tropical ornament designed around the elements of ‘Ufaa’ that guests can expect to encounter around the resorts and Coco Collection’s online platforms, the moments spent with Coco Collection will be a celebration of a joyous Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Starting off the festivities with good vibes, Coco Collection is excited to offer guests unforgettable moments, and 2015 will be the beginning of new experiences to recognize the evolving needs of the discerning traveler.

MALDIVES – ITB Berlin 2016 Official Partner Country

ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) 2016, will be Maldives focussed as the show’s partner country in the Indian Ocean. David Rutz Head of ITB Berlin announced at the DRV (Deutscher ReiseVerband) conference in Abu Dhabi that an agreement will be signed between the Worlds leading Travel Trade Show and the Maldives at a ceremony in the next ITB Berlin, March 2015.

ITB Berlin
ITB Berlin

Speaking on the occasion, Hon. Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor, Minister of Tourism of Maldives said “As a year-round holiday destination the Maldives has become firmly established among tourists the world over.“ “ITB Berlin offers an ideal platform for presenting the tourism products for the Maldives that are available on the German and international market to trade visitors and the general public and for the country to become even more attractive in the long term.“

“The Maldives has exhibited at ITB Berlin since 1984. We are delighted that it wants to expand its presence at the show and that as the Official Partner Country it will be the focus of the international travel industry. As the partner country of ITB Berlin 2016 this island nation in the Indian Ocean sends out an important message as an emergent tourist destination,” commented David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin from Messe Berlin.

 

“Nature is our most important resource and tourism our biggest industry.“ “The tourism market will continue to grow and we will make sure this is achieved in harmony with nature” added the Minister.

Maldives will be organising the opening ceremony of ITB Berlin 2016 to be held at the City Cube Berlin, Messe Berlin’s new trade fair and conference venue on 8th March 2016. The maldives will fascinate the visitors with colorful programme of events from the 9th to 13 of March 2016.

“Tourism plays a crucial role in the development of Maldives. We are honoured to have the opportunity of becoming the Official Partner Country of the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show in the important year of ITB Berlin’s 50th anniversary. I would like to thank ITB Berlin for this important opportunity that will immensely help raise the profile of the destination Maldives on a global level. This partnership will in particular be instrumental in reviving the core markets of Europe at large including Germany.” The Minister further added that “the introduction of the newly launched Thumburi integrated resort project in Maldives will diversify the product segment and open up over 2000 beds for the mid-market segment. We hope this will be an added opportunity to increase arrivals from the European market.” The minister said highlighting the importance of being the host country of ITB Berlin.

Since the introduction of tourism in 1972 Maldives has become one of the worlds most successful holiday destinations. It now welcomes over a million tourists a year and is fast becoming an eco-tourism nation. It is most famous for its natural beauty and for its rich underwater attractions. It has become a dream destination for divers and surfers and a must go honeymoon destination with a year round tropical climate due to being located on the equator.

More Water Pool Villas for Baros Maldives

With five new Water Pool Villas added, guests at Baros Maldives can now enjoy the privacy of their own private pool, overlooking the lagoon with an infinity view of the warm blue Indian Ocean.

The 5-star boutique resort Baros Maldives, located in North Malé atoll launched its first Water Pool Villas in 2012. The instant popularity of the first five villas propelled the management to add this type of Villas over the years. Now there are a total of 15 Water Pool Villas on the island. The Water Pool Villas are set to give the guests complete privacy, guests from neighbouring villas cannot observe the pool as well as the sundeck. These 126 square meter Villas are designed spaciously allowing adequate daylight with elegant décor.

Water Pool Villa, Baros Maldives
Water Pool Villa, Baros Maldives

Out of the total 30 over water villas on the resort, 15 villas are the popular Water Pool Villas and the other 15 are without a private pool. 10 out of the 45 beachside villas are also fitted with individual plunge pools.

Three gourmet-class restaurants, cocktail and palm grove bars a spa and a gym set amidst tropical gardens and the beautiful house reef teeming with colorful fishes and beautiful corals, are to be enjoyed by the guests staying in the 75 private beach and overwater villas of the resort.

Sandbank, Baros Maldives
Sandbank picnic lunch, Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives has recently won the World Travel Award as the Most Romantic Resort in the Indian Ocean 2014 for the second year running. This proves that in its 40 years of service, Baros Maldives has successfully continued to deliver and meet the expectations of the guests.

This Maldivian owned resort was established in 1973 and is only 25 minutes away by speedboat from Ibrahim Nasir International airport.

Seven more Emirates Flights to Maldives

Dubai-based Emirates airlines has announced that it will begin a third daily service to Malé, the capital of Maldives.

The Dubai-based airline Emirates announced in a statement that it will introduce a third daily flight service, which will begin on December 1st, adding seven more inbound flights a week to Maldives and will help boost cargo and passenger capacity on the route.

The flight schedule:

Emirates flight EK656 (inbound flight)

Depart Dubai International Airport at 0210hrs
Arrive Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Malé) at 0715hrs

Emirates flight EK657 (outbound flight)

Depart Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Malé) at 0845hrs
Arrive Dubai International Airport at 1155hrs

Emirates’ senior vice president, commercial operations – West Asia and Indian Ocean, Ahmed Khoory said “The Maldives has proven to be a strong market for leisure and family travel.”

Emirates flight landing at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Emirates landing at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport

“Increased cargo capacity on the route will also help facilitate business between the Maldives and its key trading markets.”

Boeing 777- 300 ER aircrafts will be used for the proposed new flights. These flights are with a two class configuration which will add 294 business class and 2702 economy class seats each way on this route. The cargo capacity will increase by an additional 23 tonnes per flight.

The carrier which first started flight services to Malé in 1987, presently operates two daily flights to Maldives with a third flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka stopping over in Malé.

The Emirates has been growing exponentially since introducing new routes and expanded capacity. They have declared a profit growth of DHs 1.9bn for the first half of this year and expect an 8-10% growth in the coming months with the introduction of the new routes and flights.

Records show the airline carried 23.3 million passengers between April 1 – September 30, up 8.4%, the statement said.