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Maldives to host an annual invitational football tournament

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Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof says that the President has instructed him to host an annual invitational football tournament.

Speaking to the press, Minister Mahloof said the success of the Oooredoo SAFF Championship highlighted the passion the country has toward football. This, he said, was the core factor for the success of the tournament. Based on this, the Minister said that the President had given a recommendation that the Maldives must host an annual invitational tournament.

Mahloof did not reveal additional details. However, he said that Bassam Adeel Jaleel, President of the Football Association of the Maldives, we’re hammering out the details.

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Rihiveli Island reopens under new management while dispute case continues at High Court of Maldives.

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The Rihiveli island has reopened under a new management while a dispute case over its ownership is ongoing at the High Court.

Rebranded as the “Rihiveli Maldives Resort”, the island welcomed its first guest last Friday after undergoing several renovation projects since its previous management, Save the Dream Pvt Ltd was removed by the owner, Mahaal tours Pvt Ltd.

According to the legal representatives of Save the Dream Maldives Pvt Ltd, a director of Mahaal Tours had embezzled money meant for Save the Dream Maldives Pvt Ltd. They state that except for Mohamed SHiam and Ali Shiham, the rest of the Board of Directors have confirmed by written letter that Mohamed Shiham is not the Managing Director and that the termination of the sub-lease agreement between Mahaal Tours Pvt Ltd and Save the Dream Maldives Pvt Ltd was not legitimate.

They also accuse Director Ali Shiham of embezzling $50,000.00 by funneling $550,000.00 meant for Save the Dream Maldives Pvt Ltd through his Blue Ciel Pvt Ltd, with the beneficiary receiving only $500,000.00.

The legal representatives also note that Mahaal Tours had previously even engaged in sub-lease fraud, referring to Antrac Pvt Ltd vs Mahaal Tours Pvt Ltd. The case has also drawn significant political attention as a Parliamentarian is among the Directors of the new operator.

While the High Court of Maldives is yet to schedule the next hearing, they have confirmed that they would be passing a verdict at the next hearing.

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Defence Minister Mariya Didi: Maldives will depend on India for matters of national security.

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Defence Minister Mariya Didi has stated that in matters of national security, the Maldives will depend on India. Defence Minister Mariya Didi made the statement while speaking at the passing out parade of the Ezhimala Indian Naval Academy.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Mariya Didi outlined on the Defence corporation partnership between the Maldives and India. She stated that on matters of security, the cooperation will be built around trust, fairness, mutual success and on ensuring the security of the Indian Ocean region.

She also noted that India was a historic partner in socioeconomic development and still retains the position. Minister Mariya Didi also stated that India had without fail managed to provide aid to the Maldives at times of crisis. She also noted on the biennial trilateral naval exercise DOSTI which celebrated its 30th year since its inception.

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Visit Maldives Kicks off Campaign to Maximize Brand Presence in the Balkan Region

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Visit Maldives kicks off marketing campaigns to maximize the Maldives’ brand presence in the Balkan region. The activities for this region will be held for a period of 6 months, starting from November 2021 until the end of March 2022.

The focus markets of the campaigns, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia & Romania, have the potential to contribute greatly to the overall tourist arrivals into the Maldives. These markets have shown substantial growth over the years, have great connectivity and accessibility along with the spending power to travel to the Maldives. These campaigns coincided with re-opening of borders for international travels in these markets, and would assist in creating better brand presence and awareness in these markets for the Maldives.

Activities to be held in this region include outdoor advertising and physical activities in Hungary, as well as virtual events and familiarization trips for the markets. Through the campaigns, we aim to promote the Maldives as a safe haven for travelers from the Balkan region. The campaigns will assist us to increase arrivals from these markets and educate the travel trade about services & amenities available in the Maldives. The campaigns will help us create better knowledge and buzz around the destination and generate media coverage, create B2C awareness through direct contact with the potential travelers and update them with the destination information and latest travel guidelines.

The campaigns will not only focus on B2B components but also B2C components which are equally important when it comes to generating interest in the destination and to prompt travel from these markets to the Maldives. The campaigns are held as part of the Visit Maldives’ marketing strategy for Balkan region, which focuses on marketing our products (resorts, hotels, guesthouses, liveaboards) and experiences unique to the Maldives.

Our global efforts are targeted to maintain destination presence and increase arrivals from top, emerging and new markets. It is also focused on promoting diverse segments of tourism that Maldives caters to, including luxury, family, MICE and budget tourists.

 

Source: http://www.visitmaldives.com

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