Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning.  Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance. 




2007 March 21



Maldives. Opening new zone.


The tourism ministry of the
Maldives says arrivals have now surpassed pre-tsunami levels. But according to data we have (in fact, sourced from the Maldives), the visitor total through August this year was still 6% down on 2004, and only in one of the eight months was the total higher than in 2004.


Another source puts the 2006 target at 600,000.    


Meanwhile, Four Seasons has opened its second resort, on Landda Giraavaru, and reopened its first on Kuda Huraa – closed after the tsunami. Also opening this year have been Minor’s Anantara, Starwood’s W, and two new Coco Palms. 


35 new islands will be developed in the new central and southern tourism zones – planned to open tourism more evenly across the atolls. Over the next five years this should add 5000-7000 beds to the current 17,400. First to open in the newly-designated southern zone should be the Shangri-La, in late 2007. 


And there are more air services to Male. Bangkok Airways has restarted its flights from
Bangkok, and Singapore Airlines now operates daily from
Singapore. Also, there is expected to be a new international airport on Gan to service the southern zone.