Sunday, February 23, 2020

Breaking Island News

Indian Ocean: Travel Industry Calms Concerns over Safety in Maldives

Holiday makers visiting the island resorts of the Maldives are advised to be cautious, but flights and resorts are operational despite the political turmoil in the capital city.

(Islands in the Maldives/VPI Photo)

For such a small and isolated country, the islands of the Maldives have been making …Read More: Indian Ocean: Travel Industry Calms Concerns over Safety in Maldives

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UAE: First Artificial Island at The World Opens for Business

The ambitious World Islands project in Dubai has suffered some setbacks, but appears to be on the rebound with the opening of an exclusive club on the private island of Lebanon.

(Construction Image Courtesy of World Islands Beach Club)

Few real estate projects create so much ambivalence, and are …Read More: UAE: First Artificial Island at The World Opens for Business

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UPDATE: Island Resorts Breath Sigh of Relief in Maldives

In a surprisingly quick turnaround, the government of the Maldives has rescinded a potentially economically-crippling ban on the operation of spas.

(The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa)

On December 27th, it was widely reported, including in Private Island News, that after a shocking decree from the President of the …Read More: UPDATE: Island Resorts Breath Sigh of Relief in Maldives

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Indian Ocean: Is the Future of Maldives Island Resorts in Jeopardy?

In a move that stunned the resorts of this tourism-dependent nation, the government of the Maldives has ordered all spas and “wellness centers” to close in response to Islamic protests.

(Islands like Huvafen Fushi have award-winning spas)

In an uncertain global economy, it comes as a surprise that any …Read More: Indian Ocean: Is the Future of Maldives Island Resorts in Jeopardy?

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Greece: Mayor Pushing to Lease Out Island of Alimnia in 2012

The mayor of the cash-strapped municipality of Chalki has decided to raise funds in a unique way: offering a beautiful local island for lease.

(Image of Alimnia by Hans H. Hoffmann)

A furor surrounded Greece’s islands last year when several prominent EU politicians suggested that the near-bankrupt country sell …Read More: Greece: Mayor Pushing to Lease Out Island of Alimnia in 2012

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Asia: Private Islands a Hot New Trend for Chinese Investors

With the second announced long-term lease of a private island in China to a local investor, islands are quickly gaining popularity as a luxury real estate investment.

(Image of Danmenshan Island from Google Earth)

On the heels of China’s successful first private island auction, where a 50-year lease of …Read More: Asia: Private Islands a Hot New Trend for Chinese Investors

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Asia: China Holds Successful First Private Island Auction

In a step towards opening up its vast coastal waters to more tourism development, China has auctioned off a right-of-use certificate to a private corporation for an untouched island in Zhejiang.

(Dayangyu Island Courtesy of Whatsonningbo.com)

Set along the placid waters of the East China Sea, China’s southeastern province …Read More: Asia: China Holds Successful First Private Island Auction

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United States: A 40-Year Island Romance for the Ages

A new book explores the touching story of a Maine couple who built a home together on a small island, enjoying its beauty and weathering its storms for four decades.

(Image Courtesy of the University Press of New England)

It takes a certain kind of person to live in …Read More: United States: A 40-Year Island Romance for the Ages