[tz] Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort

Deborah Goldsmith goldsmit at apple.com
Fri Jan 18 23:39:47 UTC 2019

As I understand it, the purpose of the tz database is to provide accurate information for users of computer systems. Someone wondering why their device doesn’t show the proper local time doesn’t really care about the niceties of sovereign nations vs. private organizations.

It seems like the real problem here is gathering the data, and the number of new zones. I don’t think there would be any harm in adding time zones for these resorts. If there is concern about the unofficial status, they could be tagged under (e.g.) Indian/Private/ or something like that.

From the DateAndTime article it sounds like the resorts are on Maldives time + 30, 60 or 90 minutes. An alternative to adding one zone per resort could be to have Indian/Maldives+30, Indian/Maldives+60, and Indian/Maldives+90. This would reduce the amount of work for us, and minimize the number of new zones.


> On Jan 18, 2019, at 8:57 AM, Fred Gleason <fredg at paravelsystems.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2019-01-18 at 09:25 -0700, Brian Inglis wrote:
>> Not any different than the situations on reserves in the US e.g.
>> Arizona, or
>> various other locations where the time used locally differs from the
>> official
>> time at the local USPO or other goverment outpost.
>> Seems more like an agreement across atolls/regions to keep to a more
>> "relaxed"
>> time zone for tourist reasons.
> Apples and oranges! Indian reservations in the US are actually
> considered 'sovereign nations', with the relationship to the United
> States defined by treaty. As such, they have autonomous governments
> that are recognized by and accountable to their residents. The recent
> case with Metlakatla voting to change its time zone in a general
> election illustrates this well.
> This is quite different from some syndicate buying an island and then
> deciding to change the clocks on an _ad hoc_ basis. Such a move has no
> standing with the sovereign entity within which that island resides.
> It's just a private arrangement, and as such neither needs nor deserves
> wider recognition.
> Cheers!
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