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Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu receives copy of book by Hussein Ali Manik on his visions of beautifying the capital city.

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Malé City Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has received a copy of renowned Maldivian artist Hussein Ali Manik’s new book. The book titled “My Dream of Beautifying capital city Malé- Urban Sculptures” was received by the Mayor at his office.

Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu stated that it was a pleasure to meet and receive the book. While himself an accomplished civil engineer, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu  further stated that the active participation of artists, architects, planners, engineers are important in the process of making Malé a clean, green, modern and healthy city.

Hussein Ali Manik is a renowned local artist who won the Youth Artist Award in 2001, 2016 National Visual Artist Award and is one of the six founding members of United Artists of Maldives.

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Australia Travelodge hotel portfolio obtained by Salter Brothers.

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Hospitality operator Salter Brothers has acquired a portfolio of 11 Travelodge hotels in Australia.

A total of 620 million dollars are being paid by Salter Brothers in partnership with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and Partners Group for the portfolio which consists of more than 2,000 rooms.

It is the biggest hospitality acquisition of its kind in Australia. The deal offers a chance to take advantage of  the long-term relative value of Australia’s hospitality sector,’ Partners Group said.

“We particularly like this portfolio as it provides initial income with potential for further yield through transformational value creation strategies; it also provides a significant foothold from which we can scale towards a larger portfolio over time,” said Partners Group MD of private real estate, Rahul Ghai.

The consortium will rebrand the hotels and some will be upscaled.

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Bangkok Airways to resume international flights.

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Bangkok Airways will resume its international service starting from 1 August 2021. Its first international flight after re-opening Thailand will be between Koh Samui and Singapore, said the Airways. Its restart flight between Koh Samui and Singapore is also in support of ‘Samui Plus Model’ Project added the Airways.

As per the statement issued by the Airways, the resumed services between Samui and Singapore will be operated by an Airbus A319 aircraft. And three flights per week (Monday, Thursday and Sunday) will be scheduled between Samui and Singapore. The outbound flight PG961 departs Samui Airport at 15:05hrs. and arrives Singapore International Airport at 18:00hrs. The inbound flight PG962 departs Singapore International Airport at 19:30hrs. and arrives Samui Airport at 20:35hrs.

Passengers entering Thailand will require a Certificate of Entry (COE), a negative PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before traveling, and proof of vaccination. All passengers must undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests during their stay in Thailand, added the statement.

Statement also mentioned that Travelers with a certificate of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test are exempt from compulsory quarantine if travelling to the following islands: Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao. Passengers must stay on the island for at least 14 days before travelling to other regions in Thailand.

“We are delighted to announce the resumption of our first international flight after being on pause for a long while due to the pandemic.  The Samui – Singapore route is anticipated to bring back confidence to Thailand’s tourism.” Said Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, the President of Bangkok Airways.

“At Bangkok Airways, we remain committed to the safety and hygiene of our passengers and employees as the highest priority. The airline and Samui airport strictly implement surveillance measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At Samui airport, we have put in place health and safety measures and social distancing practice in compliance with the regulations by the Ministry of Public Health and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand to ensure highest level of safety for all passengers and staff. The measures include passengers and staff screening, health and body temperature checks, passengers and staff are required to wear protective masks at all times. Moreover, airport disinfectant cleaning is set to be done on an hourly basis in common service areas and high-traffic areas such as check-in counters, baggage store, and wheelchairs and office spaces,” added Mr. Puttipong.

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The Hard Rock Hotel Maldives.

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Conveniently located just 15 minutes ride from the Velana International Airport, The Hard Rock Hotel Maldives located on the K.Emboodhoo Finolhu is one of the premier destinations in the heart of the Maldives.

Connected to The Marina @ CROSSROADS by a 450 m footbridge, guests have direct and free access to The Marina @CROSSROADS.

 

Ideal for a wide array of holiday goers, the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives caters to honeymooners, families and for even solo travelers. Guests at the majestic Hard Rock Hotel Maldives can spend their days indulging in outdoor activities such as diving, snorkeling, sea sports or other out door activities. And for those looking to rest and recuperate in the tropical island, they can always relax and spend their day at the Spa & Wellness center.

Entertainment is also a major part of the experience at the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives. The hotel features an art studio, kids club and live music to dance away and enjoy the exquisite food served by world-renowned chefs.

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