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Maldives Travel and Tourism

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Maldives , or Maldive Islands, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island country consisting of a group of atolls stretching south of India's Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago, and about seven hundred kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean. The twenty-six atolls of Maldives encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, of which two hundred islands are inhabited. The original inhabitants were Buddhist, probably since Ashoka's period, in the 3rd century BC. Islam was introduced in 1153. The Maldives then came under the influence of the Portuguese and the Dutch seaborne empires. In 1887 it became a British protectorate. In 1965, the Maldives obtained independence from Britain , and in 1968 the Sultanate was replaced by a Republic. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area; it is the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres above sea level, it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres .

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Scuba Diving in Maldives - Male
Scuba Diving in Maldives Maldives is Known internationally as one of the world's best scuba diving destinations, and has an abundance of dive sites with one thrilling dive opportunity after another. The waters surrounding Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa and the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, home to Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, have consistently warm waters with outstanding visibility. Immerse yourself in enormous shoals of butterfly fish and oriental sweetlips; drift the channels with white tips, hammerheads and whale sharks; descend deep sea ridges with eagle rays, giant napoleans and blue marlin; spot turtles at dawn, dolphins at dusk and mass seasonal gatherings of manta rays; or marvel at the "w...

Culture of Maldives - Male
Culture of Maldives Maldives Culture The Maldivian culture is rich with flavours from most of the seafarers who set foot on its soil. Traditional dances and music may not be an everyday event but there are occasions where traditional music and dances are performed. Though traditional dresses are not used by present day generation there are many types of traditional dresses made for both sexes. Like the unique geographical formation, the cultural events and ceremonials are unique according to the event that is celebrated or performed. Naming a newborn child, Bodumaloodhu (a prayer accompanied with festive meal), Eid festival and circumcision of male child are few events that take place where the taste of rich cultural 'cocktail' ...

Maldives Participates in Top Resa 2007 - Male
Maldives Participates in Top Resa 2007 The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) and representatives from tourism related companies in Maldives participated in Top Resa Travel Fair 2007. Top Resa which is held in Deauville from 26 to 28 September is the annual key travel trade fair in France. Top Resa brings together approximately 16,500 representatives of the travel and trade during the show. Ten tourism related companies from the Maldives participated in the fair together with MTPB. The three day long fair attracted more than 16,000 people. This includes travel trade and press & media visitors During the fair General information on destination Maldives and specific product information by the co – exhibitors were disseminated. The fair also ...

Maldives wins the Worlds Leading Dive Destination - Male
Maldives wins the Worlds Leading Dive Destination Maldives wins the Worlds Leading Dive Destination award and Indian Oceans Leading Destination award at the World Travel Awards 2006 The Maldives has been awarded the World's Leading Dive Destination and Indian Oceans Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards 2006. The Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Dr. Mahamood Shougee accepted the Awards on behalf of the Maldivian tourism industry at this years World Travel Awards held at the Beaches in Turks & Caicos on 20th September. In addition in the Regional category Hilton Maldives Resort and Spa won the Indian Oceans Leading Resort award and Soneva Gili Resort and Spa won the Indian Oceans Leading Spa Resort award. In the national category of World Travel Award...

The Maldives Third Tourism Master Plan 2007 2011 was officially Launched on 14th August 2007. - Male
The Maldives Third Tourism Master Plan 2007 2011 was officially Launched on 14th August 2007. The ceremony officiated by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was attended, among others, by representatives of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), airlines operating in and into the Maldives, foreign tour operators and relevant Government Ministries and agencies. Among the invitees were also representatives of island offices, island development committees and women?s committees from the three northern-most atolls of Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu and Shaviyani. The thrust of the Maldives Third Tourism Master Plan is on expanding and strengthening the Maldives tourism as an instrument of economic and social development in a manner that benefits...