Gold Medal introduces new safety guidelines for the Maldives

Gold Medal expects more family bookings for the Maldives after introducing new safety guidelines for overwater villas in the destination.

Room types are now categorised as open to all ages; suitable for children aged eight or over; for those aged 12 or over; or for young people aged 16 and above.

Tricia Birmingham, Gold Medal trading director, said: “Prior to these guidelines being produced, we had a blanket policy to prohibit bookings in Maldives hotels with overwater villas if anyone under the age of 12 would be travelling in the group.

“With the growing popularity of the destination, and its gradual shift to the mainstream family market, we’re delighted to be leading the way in ensuring agents can be confident they’re making the appropriate recommendations and booking the correct properties for their clients.

“The Maldives is only going to get more popular as families realise it is within their price range now.”

Similar guidelines have been introduced for all dnata Travel Group’s UK travel brands.

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