Monday, August 2, 2021

Breaking Island News

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In a surprisingly quick turnaround, the government of the Maldives has rescinded a potentially economically-crippling ban on the operation of spas.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 …Read More: UPDATE: Island Resorts Breath Sigh of Relief in Maldives

Island Issues

South Pacific: Citizens Concerned at Sale of Islands in Vanuatu

Recent sales of long-term leases of islands in Vanuatu have sparked a debate over whether foreign development dollars are promoting corruption and a lack of respect for traditional values.

(Turtle Island image taken by the author)

When a local church group on the island of Espiritu Santo donated a …Read More: South Pacific: Citizens Concerned at Sale of Islands in Vanuatu

Breaking Island News

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?

Island Issues

Indian Ocean: Will A Chinese Port Combat Piracy in the Seychelles?

The famous private island destination off the coast of Africa is hoping to combat security concerns with a strategic partnership with China, while allowing the superpower to extend its sphere of influence.

(Victoria, proposed site of the Chinese port)

Few countries are as closely associated with luxurious private islands …Read More: Indian Ocean: Will A Chinese Port Combat Piracy in the Seychelles?

Island Issues

Asia: Borneo Moves to Restrict Private Island Sales

(Mengalum Island Image from wikisabah.com)

Concerned citizens groups in Malaysia’s popular resort area of Sabah are pushing the government to prevent the sale of certain private island lands to foreign investors.

(Mengalum Island Image from wikisabah.com)

Sabah, a spectacular resort district in Malaysia’s northern portion of Borneo, is a place of dramatic extremes. The …Read More: Asia: Borneo Moves to Restrict Private Island Sales

Island Issues

South Pacific: U.S. Territory Offers to Lease Surplus Islands to China

In a move that surprised the international community – including the United States government – the governor of Northern Mariana has suggested that China lease some uninhabited isles.

(Image Courtesy of iexplore.com)

The on-going recession has hit even the most isolated corners of the globe; according recent news reports, …Read More: South Pacific: U.S. Territory Offers to Lease Surplus Islands to China

Island Issues

South America: Venezuela To Take Back Illegal “Private Island” Mansions

President Hugo Chavez has sent a strong message to wealthy elites who set up extravagant holiday homes in the publicly-owned Los Roques Islands.

(Image Courtesy of www.globalimages.net)

The nation of Venezuela borders the same sparkling Caribbean waters as holiday hotspots like Aruba and Barbados, but despite the beauty of …Read More: South America: Venezuela To Take Back Illegal “Private Island” Mansions

Breaking Island News

Brazil:Private Brazilian island among assets frozen in tax evasion crackdown

Even though private islands are not the most obvious personal asset, often located miles away from the owner, they are not out of reach of the law.

Brazilian police arrested 18 people on Wednesday in a widespread crackdown on tax evasion totalling an estimated USD 633 …Read More: Brazil: Private island among assets frozen in tax evasion crackdown