Male’, Maldives – High Commission of India in Maldives has carried out a webinar for travel associations from both countries in collaboration with the Maldivian Tourism Ministry.
Indian High Commission stated that this webinar has been carried out in an effort to connect tourism industry parties from both sides to increase the inflow of tourists from India to Maldives and strengthen people-to-people contacts for mutual prosperity in the industry.
The webinar held today under the name “India – Maldives Travel Connect” was attended by representatives from Travel Associations of India and Maldives namely Association of Travel Agents (ATA), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
High Commissioner of India Shri Sunjay Sudhir, Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom and MD of Maldives Marketing & Public Relation Corporation (MMPRC), Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed also gave their remarks at the beginning of the webinar.
Indian tourists market is the second largest contributor to the Maldivian tourism arrivals with 167,000 arrivals in 2019. After the impact of Covid-19 on the tourism industry of Maldives, an air travel bubble had been announced in August of this year to strengthen the tourism linkage of the two nations.
Currently five flights are operating per week between the two countries including Air India, Maldivian Airlines and Indigo Airlines. In addition to this, Indigo is set to start two flights per week from Mumbai to Male from mid-October onward.