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Maldives Open once again at Lohis Point

Lohis Point

The Asian Surfing Championships has announced the second annual Maldives Open, which will be returning to Lohis Point from 13-16 September in cooperation with the Maldives Body Boarding Association and the Maldives Tourism Ministry.

This year’s event will again be hosted by the Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Resort and boasts a total prize purse of $15,000 USD in three divisions; Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Body Boarding.

“Whole UK” Tourism Plan


The meetings industry has welcomed the UK government’s plans to grow tourism, saying a whole-UK approach is the right way to increase the sector. EVCOM and the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) say the plan will benefit business tourism.

WTM generated more than £2.5 billion in industry deals


World Travel Market (WTM) London, the leading global event for the travel industry, facilitates more than 1.1 million on-stand business meetings which sees the event generate more than £2.5 billion in industry deals.

Cruise liners to link Sri Lanka-Kerala

Herbilan Cruises

Luxury cruise liners will commence operations from Sri Lanka to Kerala on October 2, giving a boost to the growing tourism industry.

The launch of cruise ships between the island nation and Kerala follows the efforts of Kerala Tourism and Minister for Tourism A.P. Anil Kumar to increase the footfalls to the State during the Visit Kerala Year.

Mumbai named most expensive city in India


A recent survey has deemed Mumbai the most expensive city in India and is ranked above Dallas, Frankfurt and Vancouver. Bengaluru and Kolkata, the least expensive Indian cities, climbed in the ranking as well.

Mumbai (at 74th place), climbed 66 places in the ranking due to its rapid economic growth, inflation and services basket and a stable currency against the US dollar.

Thailand’s new tourism strategy to focus on “quality”

Thailand tourism

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul announced Thailand’s tourism marketing plan for 2016 at the annual press conference held on 6 July, 2015. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will focus on promoting the kingdom as a “Quality Leisure Destination through Thainess.”

Coral gardening – a novel approach

Coral gardening









Coral reefs are vital for people and nature. Unfortunately, they are threatened worldwide. Researchers  have come up with a new method called, coral gardening, which is committed to the restoration and protection of coral reefs.

Eurowings to expand its operations rapidly in Europe


According to Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s new budget airline brand Eurowings, whose operating costs are about 40% lower than that of the parent company, could incorporate other group airlines in future to expand its operations rapidly in Europe.

TUI has extended its German market leadership this year

long-haul flights

TUI has increased its summer bookings this year by 6% as of end-April while the winter season closed with a 3% rise. These increases are ahead of overall market growth this year.

Long-haul holidays are TUI’s main growth driver and are booming with a 45% increase in bookings, driven by strong demand for the USA (+45%), the Dominican Republic (+34%), Mexico (+22%), Mauritius (+41%) and the Maldives (+16%). Luxury holidays and brand hotels are also in good demand.

Britain undecided over new runway issue

London Heathrow

A government-appointed commission recommended Britain to build a third runway at London Heathrow airport to ease congestion despite opposition from environmentalists and London mayor Boris Johnson.

The runway would cost £17.6 billion, but would generate up to £147 billion over 60 years and create more than 70,000 jobs by 2050, the commission said in a long-awaited report.