President inaugurates Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa
01 July 2009, Ref: 2009-501
President Mohamed Nasheed has, this afternoon, inaugurated Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa in South Miladhunmadulu atoll.

Upon arrival at the resort, the President was greeted by Chairman of Sun Hotels, Mr Ahmed Siyam Mohamed and senior management of Hilton.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the President expressed hope that the resort would contribute for greater advancement of the tourism sector.

He also spoke on the importance of good management practices. Speaking in this regard, the President said good management practices were essential for sustainable tourism.

Stressing that the world was now undergoing an economic slowdown, the President called on all stakeholders in tourism industry to sacrifice their personal differences and to peacefully resolve any grievances that they may have.

President Nasheed also spoke on the importance of protecting the environment. He said that the resorts in the Maldives could play an important role in this endeavour. He further said democracy was an important adaptation measure to climate change.
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