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Forecasts show continuation of rapid industry growth for tourism sector’s

World Tourism

The World Trade & Tourism Council recently announced that the tourism sector’s contribution to global GDP is forecasted to grow by 3.7 percent in 2015, according to a press release. Meanwhile, the industry’s contribution to employment worldwide is expected to rise 2.6 percent.  Therefore, by the conclusion of 2015, the tourism sector is expected to have contributed $7,860 billion (10 percent) of global GDP and accounted for 284 million jobs (9.5 percent) globally. 

Tour operators expand and invest in the Maldives

Hondaafushi

Schauinsland-Reisen is investing in its own resort in the Maldives four years after adding the Indian Ocean destination to its programme. Following a long search the German tour operator will finance a four-star resort on Hondaafushi in the Haa-Dahaalu atoll which will be operated by the Triple A hotel chain.

Southern Europe specialist Olimar is seeing good bookings this year with a 10% rise in revenues and customer numbers, according to managing director Markus Zahn.

Six Senses Laamu Dive Centre named number one in Asia

Six Senses

Six Senses Laamu has recently been named the number one dive centre in Asia by an internationally recognized environment NGO called the Green Fins.

The Green Fins Project is ‘the first and world’s only assessed environmental set of standards for SCUBA diving and snorkelling centres.’ These standards are the only recognized environment set of concepts with an across-the-board approach to offering guidelines to business owners and national securities on how to best preserve marine environments and beaches.

Dusit Thani Maldives to support construct a pre-school for local children

Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani Maldives recently joined forces with the Island Council, the local Police and the School Board of Dhonfanu, a neighbouring island in Baa Atoll, to construct a pre-school for local children. Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, Dusit Thani Maldives funds projects in a number of spheres including community development and biodiversity conservation.

Work is already underway and to date, the resort has donated construction materials worth USD 20,000 (Maldivian Rufiya 308,400). The pre-school will measure roughly 80 square metres and will encompass a classroom, a teacher’s office with store room, ablutions facilities and a covered porch. Completion of the project is expected by June 2015.

Singapore launches global tourism campaign

Singapore

The Singaporean Government has recently announced a financial package of 20 million SGD (over 15 million USD) to implement a series of measures globally in an effort to draw international tourists to the island. The move came after statistics showed a decrease in the number of international visitors to the Southeast Asian island nation in the whole year of 2014 and in the early months of 2015.

Brands across Europe to be realigned under a single Tui name

Tui

Tui Group is reviewing all its brands across Europe to assess if they can be realigned under a single Tui name. The move means legacy brands as established as Thomson could be replaced as the company looks to consolidate its brand portfolio following the merger of Tui Travel and Tui AG. Such a move would be an extension of the strategy it outlined in February to better organise its five charter airline brands, with the potential creation of a single airline.

Holiday of tomorrow predicted by Thomas Cook

future of tourism

The future is closer than you think. That old favourite, the postcard, will finally be consigned to history over the next few years – already, fewer than half of us send them – and we will bid farewell to sunburn and cash concerns, with technology set to solve travellers’ problems before they even realised they had them. Thomas Cook  to mark more than 150 years on the British High Street, today builds on a pioneering past to imagine what the future holds for the Holidaymakers of Tomorrow. 

India’s newest airline Vistara planning to touch down on foreign shores

Vistara

It has not taken Vistara long to set its sights on a new horizon. After just four months of crisscrossing India, the newly inaugurated airline is planning to expand its fleet and is eyeing the international market. Vistara has its eye set on the Gulf, and eventually wants to start flying to Europe and the United States.

Experts say Vistara’s linage – with ties to both Singapore Airlines and Tata-Group – should help with the transition. However, it is not going to be an easy climb for Vistara. The fledgling carrier faces stiff competition. Both Air India and Jet Airways have already made inroads into the international market.

Ancient island village to be created to mark the Golden Jubilee of Maldives independence

Maldives culture

The home ministry is planning to create a replica of an ancient island village on the eastern side of Malé to mark the upcoming golden jubilee of independence from the British in 1965.

Various cultural activities as well as arts and handicraft will be presented to the public during a three-day event. Small boats will be docked at the artificial beach while 20 halls will be set up for the 20 atolls of the Maldives to showcase the country’s history and culture.

Maldivian government to change the extension of resort leases to 99 years

Maldives

The Maldivian government is seeking legal changes to allow the extension of resort leases to 99 years for a lump sum of US $5m, and to expand the powers of the tourism ministry. The lease extension scheme aims to raise money for the government.To be eligible for a lease extension, a resort property must be operational with an existing lease period of 50 years and must not owe money to the government.