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MMPRC TO PROMOTE THE MALDIVES TO FRENCH MARKET AT IFTM TOP RESA 2022 AND DEDICATED ROADSHOW IN FRANCE

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Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC / Visit Maldives) is gearing up to promote the Maldives as a destination in the French market through two consecutive activities this September; the “Connect with Maldives, Your Safe Haven Maldives Roadshow” and participation in International and French Travel Market (IFTM) Top Resa 2022.

Of the two activities, MMPRC’s roadshow targeting the French market was held in Paris, at Le 28 George V, joined by 13 industry partners. The purpose of this roadshow is to re-establish and consolidate France as one of the key source markets for the Maldives. The roadshow further aims to strengthen trade relationships between potential travel agents and our industry partners. The target audience for this event includes affluent travel agents.

At the same time, MMPRC and 27 industry partners are taking part in IFTM Top Resa 2022, held from 20th – 22nd September 2022 at Porte de Versailles. IFTM Top Resa 2022 is a multi-purpose trade show for tourism and travel, covering all travel reasons: business, leisure, group & MICE. The B2B event is held in Paris, offering excellent business opportunities, improved returns on investment, and access to qualified and relevant travel buyers, influencers, and market professionals.

Both of these events come under MMPRC’s marketing strategies for the French market. Through such activities, we aim to make the Maldives the most preferred destination for French travellers while maintaining and strengthening destination presence in order to increase arrivals to pre-pandemic figures. It will also help to promote our products (resorts, hotels, guesthouses and liveaboards) and segments including honeymoon, romantic, family, adventure, dive and underwater. MMPRC will also market the scattered geography of our islands, and the privacy, luxury and unique experiences that we offer visitors. Such events also provide industry partners with a platform to promote their properties, products, and services.

As of 24th August 2022, France is the 7th top source market to the Maldives with an arrival figure of 34,120, which is a 3.2% market share of the total arrivals of 1,056,851 that the country has achieved during this period. MMPRC has been holding several activities targeting this market, including marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, digital media advertising campaigns, and participation in fairs and exhibitions.

MMPRC carried out 260 different marketing activities in 22 global markets last year, including fairs, roadshows, familiarisation trips, marketing campaigns, webinars, and interviews. The greatest testament to the success of these activities came late last year, as the Maldives secured the title of ‘World’s Leading Destination’ (among several other accolades) at the 2021 World Travel Awards, globally recognised as the hallmark of industry excellence. This is the second consecutive year that the Maldives had successfully earned this prestigious title, a shining testimony of the trust placed in the ‘magic of Maldivian hospitality’ by travellers from all over the globe.

Source: Visit Maldives

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Maldives welcomes nearly 100,000 tourists from China

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Maldives has witnessed a remarkable surge in tourism, with nearly 100,000 tourists welcomed so far this year, spearheaded by a significant influx from China. While China ranked third in tourist arrivals last year, it has ascended to the top spot by May 14 of this year, with 92,773 visitors, comprising approximately 11.1% of total arrivals. Following closely behind is Russia, with 84,162 tourists.

The exponential increase in Chinese tourist arrivals marks a noteworthy shift in travel patterns, considering that China occupied the 27th spot in tourist arrival rankings in the previous year.

Statistics from the Ministry of Tourism reveal a robust uptick in tourism overall, with 833,728 tourists having visited the Maldives by this point in the year, reflecting an impressive 11.6% increase compared to the same period last year.

The top countries contributing to tourist arrivals in the Maldives include China, Russia, the UK, Italy, and Germany. On average, each tourist spends approximately seven days in the Maldives, with an average of 4,263 visitors arriving daily. This consistent influx has spurred the government to set an ambitious target of attracting 2 million tourists by year-end.

To achieve this goal, collaborative efforts between the government and the tourism industry are underway, with various promotional activities planned to showcase the Maldives as an irresistible destination for travelers worldwide.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Maldives named ITB China 2024’s official partner destination

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Maldives has been named as the Official Partner Destination of ITB China 2024.

ITB China 2024 will be held in Shanghai from May 27th to May 29th. Maldives will showcase its offerings ITB China’s largest national pavilion with more than 40 travel companies as co-exhibitors during the three-day B2B event.

The aim of the partnership is to attract more Chinese tourists – which currently stands as the top tourist market to the Maldives – and to put the island destination in the spotlight of China’s outbound travel market, as reported by Travel Trade Maldives (TTM).

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)’s CEO and Managing Director Fathimath Thaufeeg remarked that Maldives is honored to be designated the title.

“We are excited about the opportunity to engage with our global partners and the travel trade from China to share the latest updates about the Maldives, our tourism products and unparalleled offerings. This partnership allows us to showcase our destination’s unique beauty and reinforce our position as the top-of-mind destination for travelers from China and worldwide,” she added.

During the event, MMPRC will host various engaging activities within its booth to showcase and promote the wide range of tourism offerings. Attendees can participate in B2B meetings and insightful interviews to learn more about the island destination. They can also immerse themselves in gastronomical and cultural experiences to taste the authentic culture and heritage of the Maldives.

MMPRC will provide information about the latest products, services, and experiences through promotional materials and face-to-face meetings. They are also scheduled to hold a press conference on the first day of the event to provide the opportunity for engagement with and from attending media.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Maldives sweeps WTAs with four titles in Indian Ocean category

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Maldives has won four prestigious titles at the World Travel Awards (WTA) – Indian Ocean category, including the award for the region’s leading destination.

The WTA Indian Ocean awards were presented on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) at Dubai World Trade Center on Monday.

The Maldives won:

  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2024
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2024
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination 2024
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2024

The award for Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination was accepted by Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal, whole the award for Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination was accepted by Ayesha Nurain Janah, Chairperson of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC).

Meanwhile, the award for Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination was accepted by MMPRC’s Managing Director Fathmath Thaufeeq, and the award for Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination was accepted by Mohamed Khaleel, an advisor to the Maldivian president on tourism development.

In a statement announcing the achievement, MMPRC said the significance of the awards highlights the Maldives’ standing as an unparalleled tourist destination, showcases the country’s commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences to visitors from around the world, and reinforces the continued efforts of MMPRC in promoting and developing the nation’s tourism sector.

Maldives has dominated the WTA Indian Ocean awards since the category was introduced in 2003, winning the Leading Destination title 17 times, the Leading Honeymoon Destination title six times, and the Leading Dive Destination title nine times.

But this marks the first year the Maldives has been recognized as a Green Destination, highlighting the country’s commitment to sustainable tourism.

“Winning these awards will indeed enhance the image of the destination as a high-profile luxury destination among visitors. These awards indicate visitors’ love and confidence towards the Maldives, a huge step towards World’s Leading Destination!” reads the MMPRC’s statement.

Established in 1993, the WTA are widely regarded as one of the most respected and popular awards in the world of travel and tourism. Symbolizing the most outstanding endorsement in tourism, and the travel industry, the awards aim to recognize and reward achievements in all aspects of travel and tourism on a global scale.

Maldives was crowned the World’s Leading Destination for the fourth year running at the 2023 World Travel Awards.

The Indian Ocean destination recorded 1.8 million arrivals last year, and is eying a record 2 million visitors this year.

Source(s): sun.mv

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