Maldives promotes tourism at World Travel Market

The Maldives' stall at the World Travel Market 2017  in London, UK. PHOTO: ABDULLA JAMEEL/MIHAARU

The Maldives’ stall at the World Travel Market 2017 in London, UK. PHOTO: ABDULLA JAMEEL/MIHAARU

A delegation of 195 representatives from the Maldives is participating in the ongoing 37th World Travel Market (WTM) in the UK to promote the Maldivian tourism industry.

The Maldives stall at the ExCel in London was officially opened by attorney general Mohamed Anil on Monday.

Heading the Maldives delegation at the three-day fair is Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), which revealed 70 local companies are taking part in the fair, including resorts, guesthouses, travel agencies and airlines.

Attorney General Mohamed Anil speaks at press conference at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2017 in London, UK. PHOTO: ABDULLA JAMEEL/MIHAARU

Attorney General Mohamed Anil speaks at press conference at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2017 in London, UK. PHOTO: ABDULLA JAMEEL/MIHAARU

The Maldivian delegation held a press conference on Monday headed by attorney general Anil, Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI)’s vice chairman and local tycoon Champa Hussain Afeef, and the Maldives Ambassador to the UK Ahmed Shinan. MMPRC disclosed that over 70 journalists from the UK and other countries had attended the press conference.

The corporation further revealed that the Maldives stall of 276 square metres is receiving a lot of support and visitors.

Over 5,000 entities are taking part in this year’s WTM, which is one of the largest travel and tourism fairs in the world.

The UK is one of the main markets of the Maldives’ tourism industry. Statistics show that 101,843 tourists from the UK visited the archipelago by the end of last September, which is an increase of 9.8 percent from last year.

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