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VISIT MALDIVES AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS PARTICIPATES IN IFTM TOP RESA 2021 HYBRID EVENTS

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Visit Maldives and industry partners participate in in-person and virtual events of IFTM Top Resa 2021 to further promote the destination in the French market. IFTM Top Resa 2021 is held from 05th – 08th October 2021.
IFTM Top Resa 2021 is a multi-purpose trade show for tourism and travel, covering all travel segments such as business, leisure, group & MICE travel. The B2B event is held in Paris, offering excellent business opportunities, improved ROI and access to qualified and relevant travel buyers, influencers, and market professionals. In addition to the physical event, the all-in-one digital platform is for the entire tourism market, with content, talks, information and opportunities for networking in one-to-one meetings.
Visit Maldives and industry partners will participate in the IFTM Top Resa 2021 events. Twelve industry partners will participate in the in-person activities and nine in the digital events. Maldives will conduct several meetings and networking sessions with key members of the travel trade attendees during the four days of the fair.
Through this event Visit Maldives will provide the travel trade professionals with the latest information about the destination, including the stringent measures in place at our products (Resorts, Hotels, Guesthouses and Liveaboards). Emphasis will also be given on marketing the destination as a safe haven, focusing on the geographically scattered nature of our islands which provides natural social distancing for travelers from this market. Visit Maldives will also promote the experiences unique to Maldives and inform attendees of the latest information relating to the destination.
IFTM Top Resa 2021 brings together 1700 exhibitors and is expected to get over 34,000 visitors during the four days of the event. Over 200 destinations are participating in this event, with 150 conference sessions to be held between exhibitors and visitors. Organizers note that around 1,000 journalists and media outlets will cover more than 1,200 media stories and articles (TV, radio, written and web press) through this event.
The participation in IFTM Top Resa 2021 is conducted as part of the strategy to maintain momentum and increase arrival numbers from France. As part of this strategy, Visit Maldives have concluded a B2C newsletter with tour operator VeryChic, 02 training webinar sessions for French Tour operators and travel agents, Digital and Social media campaign with Odigeo, Partnership with Amplitudes & Monaco yacht show. Future activities planned for this market include a media campaign with Madame Figaro, digital advertising campaign with Invibes media FAM trip, IFTM Top Resa 2021 and ILTM Cannes.
France is the tenth top source market to the Maldives, with arrival figures growing gradually since border reopening last year. By 23rd September this year, Maldives had welcomed 843,552 tourists, with France contributing 1.9% to the total arrivals with 15,836 tourists.
Source: www.visitmaldives.com

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MPS still under Home Minister: PO

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President’s Office on Tuesday stated that though Maldives Police Service (MPS) is now operating as an independent entity, the Home Minister is still the responsible figure for the agency.

Following the ratification and implementing of MPS Act, MPS would function as an independent entity, with various internal governing bodies. The Home Minister will be responsible for overseeing the body but will have no control over day to day operations.

Confusion reigned supreme following a letter sent by President’s Office to the Home Affairs, stating that MPS would function as an independent entity effective from March 27, 2021. The letter also stated the Ministry’s functions and roles following this decision.

Clause 242 of the Constitution mandates that all government and government associated agencies be overseen by a Minister.

The statement issued by President’s Office said that Home Minister Sheikh Imran would still oversee the agency.

In response to the change, Minister Imran tweeted that ‘challenges’ were natural and expected. He added that success was in perseverance.

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Tourism Ministry sets three-year period for resorts to open

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Minister of Tourism Dr Abdullah Mausoom has revealed that the Ministry intends to automatically revoke the islands leased for resort development, if the developers fail to open the property within a three-year period.

Speaking to local newspaper, Mihaaru, the Minister revealed that this was already in the plans and a new agreement will be signed based on this principle.

Statistics by Tourism Ministry in 2020, show that over 50 resorts were still under development, with parties filing to extend the permits for 21 islands. Some of the leased islands have been listed as under development for over 10 years.

This, he said, was being implemented to urge developers to finish developing the property and begin operations. Minister Mausoom noted that most citizens living close to islands under development had raised their concerns over delays.

The Minister had previously said that Tourism sustained severe losses due to the pandemic. While the sector aims to bring in 1.3 million tourists, there are several challenges including a new mutation of the delta strain detected in the UK and limitations of the airport to cater for arrivals.

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U23 national team departs for Bahrain

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The under 23 national football team has departed to Bahrain for training ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be held in Uzbekistan from the 27th to the 31st of this month.

The team is accompanied by Assistant Coaches Sabah Mohamed and Mohamed Shahid. They will play two practice matches in Bahrain before heading to straight to qualifiers in Uzbekistan. The team had also carried out successful training camps in the atolls.

Maldives will face off against Iraq on 27th October, against Bahrain on 29th October, and Afghanistan on 31st October.

Competing nations are divided into 11 groups. First place winners will go into the Asian Cup. Additionally, four top-performing teams from the second placed nations will proceed to the Cup.

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