A tourism reality check: Security and open borders

Source:   This story was written while the latest terror attack was unfolding in Brussels, Belgium. The president of the Brussels – Hawaii – Seychelles-based International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP),Professor Geoffrey More »


Travel & Tourism added 7.2 million new jobs in 2015

Source:   Today the World Travel & Tourism Council has launched its annual Economic Impact Report 2016. According to the research, last year Travel & Tourism added 7.2 million jobs to the More »


Pharmacy in Russian Duma Sees Run on Sharapova’s Drug of Choice

Source:   A pharmacy at the State Duma has registered a spike in demand for meldonium after Russian tennis champion Maria Sharapova failed a doping test for the recently banned drug, the More »

Outrigger Maldives

Outrigger wins honor for Maldives acquisition

The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has won first place for Single Asset Transaction of the Year at this year’s HICAP (Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific) Deal of the Year Awards held in More »

Global tourism

Global tourist numbers up 4 percent in first half of 2015

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer the number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in the first half of 2015. Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East More »

World tourism rises faster than trade for fourth year



The UN World Tourism Organisation says tourism spending has outpaced global trade for the fourth year in a row.

The US followed by China are the world’s most popular destinations, followed by France and Spain.

According to the UNWTO’s figures, released earlier this month, international tourism grew by 4% in 2015 generating $1.4trn ($966bn).

Over-The-Water Villas To Open In The Maldives

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Boutique luxury resort Milaidhoo is set to open its doors in the Maldives on Nov. 1.

The five-star property is located on a private island in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll region. Travelers will need to take a 30-minute seaplane flight from the airport to get there.

Don’t Cut Agents Out Of ‘Hotel-Direct’ Rates, Analyst Urges




Are hotel chains’ “book direct” programs—which promise better rates and amenities to hotel loyalty members who book on their websites—working?

Yes, they are, says John Hach, senior industry analyst at hotel technology company TravelClick. But at the same time, the travel-agent distribution channel is more important than ever.  

Luxury travel outpaces the rest of the travel industry

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MADRID, Spain – Global consumers are increasingly spending their disposable income on experiences rather than material goods. And consumers’ desire for these life experiences is spurring a growth in luxury travel that is outpacing the rest of the travel industry, according a new report commissioned by global travel technology company, Amadeus.

Milaidhoo Island to open in November 2016




Come November 2016, Maldives will welcome the opening of Milaidhoo Island, due to open its doors on 1 November 2016.

The property is set in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll region of the Maldives.




Greetings Kaptain Kenny readers,

Today we present to you: “Meeru Island Resort” in the Maldives on Meerufenfushi Island.

Location: Meeru Island, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Meerufenfushi, North Male’ Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. (Wikipedia)

As you know, we’re both incredibly in love with the Maldives and each resort has its own charm. What we especially loved about this island was its crystal clear water and fine, white sand. Out of the three Maldivian trips we’ve had, this resort was certainly the lowest in price. It caters to a larger and more diverse clientele as opposed to other resorts so you will be sure to run into more people but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s too busy.

Coconut Trees for each visitors





Maldives_ Billions of people celebrated the Earth day through cleaning the environment, recycling the garbage, or planting trees.

JA Manafaru, one of the biggest resorts in Maldives participated with its guests the Earth Day by planting around 150 in its two properties Manafaru and Govvaafushi islands.  All the participants from the guests and the resort employees wore white T-shirts written on it Earth Day,2016. For many guests this was their first time in such an activity and they were very enthusiastic.

Escape to the BEAUTIFUL KANDOLHU ISLAND in Maldives




Kandolhu island is a small lush resort, a sanctuary of tranquillity and beauty, ringed by an intricate, pristine coral garden, renowned amongst snorkelers and divers as one of the best in the Maldives

Intimate and tiny, encircled with white sand and surrounded by pure turquoise ocean, this haven of peacefulness is located in the heart of the Maldives, in North Ari Atoll, just a 20-minute seaplane flight from the airport, which feels a whole world away – in the Kandolhu Island.

Maldives to organise roadshows in Lucknow, Chandigarh, Pune, Hyderabad




The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation is organising a 4-city roadshow – Lucknow on 16 May; Chandigarh on 17 May; Pune on 19 May and Hyderabad on 20 May in recognition of the outbound traffic from these cities and them being very strong contenders as major contributors to India’s travel community. These Roadshows are also a part of the overall strategy of MMPRC for the India market for 2016, states a release.

Meliá expands in Maldives, Kazakhstan, Tanzania




Meliá Hotels International has signed three new properties in three different regions.

In the Indian Ocean, the Gran Meliá Maldives will be located in Kalhudiyafushi in Thaa, an atoll located 40 minutes from Male International Airport. The hotel is scheduled to launch in October 2017 and will be owned by Huravee International.