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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.

Croatian Tourist Semi-Submarine Conquers the Maldives




12-pax semi-submarine was delivered to the Maldives, first tourists are already exploring the seas.

I’ve known Mladen Peharda, the owner of Agena Marin, for more than 5 years and I’ve followed his work from the very first semi-submarine he ever designed and built. Total Croatia News published an extensive interview with this successful Croatian entrepreneur and even then he said one of his goals is to sell his products to resorts in the Maldives. On April 20, 2016, his dream became a reality as the very first semi-submarine was assembled for a brand new Maldivian adventure.

5th Annual Kurumba ‘Party with a Purpose’



On Thursday, April 21st, Kurumba once again hosted an amazing ‘Party with a Purpose’ event to raise funds for Kudakudhinge Hiyaa Orphanage. A community of musicians, resorts and other corporate business partners were found to be having a lively and vibrant time filled with food, drink, music, dancing and auctions.

Travel industry officials say tourism business loses when politicians play terror cards




Without naming names, officials at a global travel summit Wednesday decried using fear of terror for political gain, and at the expense of the travel industry.

“The more we wall ourselves off, the worse the security situation is going to get,” said Chris Nassetta, president and chief executive of Hilton Brands, speaking at the opening day of the  Global Summit of the World Travel & Tourism Council.