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Top Journalists from Belgium arrive in MALDIVES for Media Fam Trip.

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By: www.visitmaldives.com

A media team from leading magazines and publications from Belgium arrive in the Maldives for a familiarization trip. The media team, which includes journalists from Plus Magazine, ELLE Belgium, Metro Belgium, Feeling, GAEL, and Sudpresse will be in the Maldives from 11th October to 18th October.
The magazines are highly popular among affluent audiences in the Belgian market with a reach of over millions of readers. The magazines are published on print, online, as well as on social media on a frequent basis. The familiarization trip provides Maldives the perfect opportunity to promote the destination as a safe haven for travelers from the Belgian market.
Plumeria Maldives, Movenpick Resort kuredhivaru Maldives and Kandima Maldives will host the media team. During their stay, the media team will get to enjoy the world renowned Maldivian hospitality and unique experiences. The media team will try out spa and wellness treatments, discover cuisines from across the globe, get adventurous with exciting varieties of watersports activities including diving and snorkeling to witness first hand, the rich marine life of the Maldives.
Visit Maldives organized the trip as part of its efforts to increase Maldives’ popularity in the Belgium market to increase arrivals from this market and to broaden the destination presence by highlighting the destination’s sustainability and diverse experiences available for tourists in the country.
It also aims to increase engagement within the market, offering the latest information of the destination and the stringent safety measures in place. This is the first FAM trip organized by Visit Maldives this year for the Belgium market. Visit Maldives conducts a lot of activities for this region such as Roadshows, Webinars and Fairs.
Belgium is a market with huge potential with tourist arrivals increasing over the last few years.Visit Maldives aims to keep the momentum of Maldives as a preferred destination in all source markets and new emerging markets, with focused marketing for different segments and groups of travelers.

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MPS still under Home Minister: PO

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President’s Office on Tuesday stated that though Maldives Police Service (MPS) is now operating as an independent entity, the Home Minister is still the responsible figure for the agency.

Following the ratification and implementing of MPS Act, MPS would function as an independent entity, with various internal governing bodies. The Home Minister will be responsible for overseeing the body but will have no control over day to day operations.

Confusion reigned supreme following a letter sent by President’s Office to the Home Affairs, stating that MPS would function as an independent entity effective from March 27, 2021. The letter also stated the Ministry’s functions and roles following this decision.

Clause 242 of the Constitution mandates that all government and government associated agencies be overseen by a Minister.

The statement issued by President’s Office said that Home Minister Sheikh Imran would still oversee the agency.

In response to the change, Minister Imran tweeted that ‘challenges’ were natural and expected. He added that success was in perseverance.

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Tourism Ministry sets three-year period for resorts to open

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Minister of Tourism Dr Abdullah Mausoom has revealed that the Ministry intends to automatically revoke the islands leased for resort development, if the developers fail to open the property within a three-year period.

Speaking to local newspaper, Mihaaru, the Minister revealed that this was already in the plans and a new agreement will be signed based on this principle.

Statistics by Tourism Ministry in 2020, show that over 50 resorts were still under development, with parties filing to extend the permits for 21 islands. Some of the leased islands have been listed as under development for over 10 years.

This, he said, was being implemented to urge developers to finish developing the property and begin operations. Minister Mausoom noted that most citizens living close to islands under development had raised their concerns over delays.

The Minister had previously said that Tourism sustained severe losses due to the pandemic. While the sector aims to bring in 1.3 million tourists, there are several challenges including a new mutation of the delta strain detected in the UK and limitations of the airport to cater for arrivals.

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U23 national team departs for Bahrain

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The under 23 national football team has departed to Bahrain for training ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be held in Uzbekistan from the 27th to the 31st of this month.

The team is accompanied by Assistant Coaches Sabah Mohamed and Mohamed Shahid. They will play two practice matches in Bahrain before heading to straight to qualifiers in Uzbekistan. The team had also carried out successful training camps in the atolls.

Maldives will face off against Iraq on 27th October, against Bahrain on 29th October, and Afghanistan on 31st October.

Competing nations are divided into 11 groups. First place winners will go into the Asian Cup. Additionally, four top-performing teams from the second placed nations will proceed to the Cup.

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