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Time is Running Out for the Maldives, a Country That Might Not Be Around for Much Longer

Time is Running Out for the Maldives, a Country That Might Not Be Around for Much Longer Timo Newto-Syms, Flickr You may have heard of the Maldives. It's a tropical travel paradise, with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. An island nation in the Indian Ocean, it is composed of 26 atolls that are home to some of the world's best diving. The Maldives is a...

5 Places To See In 2013 Before They Disappear

5 Places To See In 2013 Before They Disappear If you've been thinking about where you might want to spend your vacation this year, don't make any plans until you've read this list. There are a lot of places and sights in the world that might not be around very much longer. Climate change, rising sea levels,...

Hangover Cures: A Global Primer

Hangover Cures: A Global Primer New Year's Eve is fast approaching, so what better time to provide a list of hangover cures from around the world? Our friends at Alice Marshall Public Relations in New York asked some of their clients about local versions of hair-of-the-dog. Unsurprisingly, the preferred...

Roman Coppola And W Hotels Release Four Travel-Inspired Films

Roman Coppola And W Hotels Release Four Travel-Inspired Films With the help of filmmaker Roman Coppola, son of director Francis Ford Coppola, W Hotels and Intel recently held a travel-inspired screenplay competition. Out of more than 1,000 online entries, four scripts were chosen by Coppola, who then used his production...

Video Of The Day: Maldives Panettone Reef

"Panettone Reef" from Jon Kreider on Vimeo. Swim through the Panettone Reef in Maldives with schooling bannerfish in this video. These bannerfish are native to areas near Africa and although they are strikingly similar to the Moorish idols, the bannerfish and Moorish...

Maldives Social Media Campaign Backfires

Maldives Social Media Campaign Backfires When the Maldives Tourism Board urged fans of the islands to help make their tourism slogan, "The Sunny Side of Life," a global trend on Thursday, the campaign backfired. Instead of spreading positive words about the tropical paradise, tweets about police brutality and...

Hotel News We Noted: July 6, 2012

Hotel News We Noted: July 6, 2012 Greetings, friends. Here's to hoping that everyone in a hotel tonight is there because they are enjoying an extended Fourth of July vacation, and not because they're still without power from last weekend's storms or Colorado's devastating wildfires. It seems like the...

Photo Of The Day: Maldives Fishmonger

Photo Of The Day: Maldives Fishmonger Not sure who is scarier in this photo: the enormous fish or the intimidating fishmonger. The deep saturated colors and sparse backdrop add to the intense scene. Remove the fish and it could be a set from a "Hostel" horror movie. Today's Photo Of The Day was taken by Flickr...

10 Extraordinary Islands To Visit On Your Next Vacation

10 Extraordinary Islands To Visit On Your Next Vacation Summer is the time of island vacations. It is time to put as much distance between you and the real world as possible. It is time to stand outside of your everyday life and to see how it all looks from a paradise perspective. Here is a collection of islands for escape...

'Guam: The New Maldives' and other Chinese tourism trends

'Guam: The New Maldives' and other Chinese tourism trends In 2012, trips originating from China will comprise an estimated 8 percent of total world travel. The China Tourism Academy estimates that 80 million Chinese residents will travel overseas, spending an estimated US$80 billion. That's a significant chunk of the market. In...

Maldives to get first full-sized golf course

Maldives to get first full-sized golf course Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa in Addu Atoll will open the Maldives' first full-sized golf course later this month. Don't get too excited - it's only nine holes. Designed for recreational golfers, most of the holes are par three and average 123 yards. Don't...

Bowermasters Adventures: Update from the coup in the Maldives

Bowermasters Adventures: Update from the coup in the Maldives In a move surprising those not living in the Maldives -- where most of the recent press has focused on its green-thinking on climate change and carbon use -- the island nation's president, Mohamed Nasheed, has apparently been forced out in a coup d'etat. Fingers are...

The 10 smallest countries in the world

The 10 smallest countries in the world The world's ten smallest countries in terms of area fall into two general categories: European microstates (Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican) and small island nations of the Indian Ocean, Pacific, and Caribbean (Maldives, Marshall Islands, Nauru,...

Bowermaster's Adventures: Running out of water in the Maldives

Bowermaster's Adventures: Running out of water in the Maldives Kunahadhoo Island-- On a very hot, very typical, mid-morning in the Maldives I walk the streets of this tiny island just north of the equator. Most of its 800 residents had gathered at the shoreline to greet visitors from a nearby island. While they focused on a...

Maldives reverses spa ban

Maldives reverses spa ban Just days after a blanket ban on spa services in the Maldives was announced, the country's President announced that services will be made available to tourists. Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said he expects the court to rule that the law is unconstitutional. "We have...

Ten big travel adventures for 2012

Ten big travel adventures for 2012 A new year always brings new possibilities, particularly in the realm of travel. With 2012 now officially underway, it is time to start plotting our adventures for the year ahead. This year, rather than share yet another top ten list of adventure travel destinations, we...

Bowermaster's Adventures: Protecting the Maldives

Bowermaster's Adventures: Protecting the Maldives Laamu, Maldives-- The recent four-day, ocean-focused conference -- dubbed WaterWoMen by its sponsors, Six Senses Resortsand +H2O-- was a first-of-a-kind blend of water sport activities and intellectual athleticism. Equal part coming out party for the resort on this...

Waldorf Astoria Maldives launches coral reef regeneration project

Waldorf Astoria Maldives launches coral reef regeneration project The Maldives coral reefs comprise the eighth largest reef system in the world. But active tourism and fishing industries, as well as global phenomena like climate change and El Nino, are taking its toll. And because the islands of the Maldives are low-lying, the coral reefs...

Bowermaster's Adventures: Learning how to breathe in the Maldives

Bowermaster's Adventures: Learning how to breathe in the Maldives LAAMU, Maldives -- A fast-moving rainstorm blew over the small atoll late in the afternoon, briefly cooling a humid day just 100 miles north of the equator. But within twenty minutes the sun was back hot and bright, the air even thicker with dampness. Aaaaaah paradise! I...

Conrad Maldives hotel offers guests a chance to spot whale sharks

Conrad Maldives hotel offers guests a chance to spot whale sharks The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel has announced that it is once gain joining forces with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme. This unique partnership gives visitors to the resort a rare opportunity to view and interact with those amazing aquatic creatures...

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