31 January 2013
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives today officially becomes the only five star resort in the Maldives with its own private executive terminal just five minutes away by speedboat. The venture is the result of the excellent cooperation between the resort and Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll.
At 5 p.m. local time on Thursday, 31 January 2013, the official launch takes place at the Executive Terminal in the presence of Mr. Mohamed Nazim, the minister of defence and national security and acting transport and communications minister; Mr. Abdullah Jihaad, minister of finance and treasury; Mr. Rene D. Egle, the resort’s general manager; as well as key Maldivian based tour operators and media representatives.
The Executive Terminal built for the SAARC summit in 2011 was taken over by Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa for the exclusive arrival and departure of Shangri-La’s guests at Gan. Rebranded, the new terminal comprises two separate large rooms and one VIP exclusive section, the lounge offers all first class facilities that guests might need upon arrival.
“Providing our guests a luxurious experience and a true personalised welcome from the moment they land, is for me a great achievement. I am very thankful to the local authorities and the Gan International Airport team for their excellent cooperation since the first discussions about this project. Today is a great day for our resort and Addu Atoll, and we are all ready to welcome our international clientele from all over the world, either via Male or directly to Gan by private jet,” said Mr. Egle.