Visit Maldives Travel Expo 2019 Begins in Malaysia

PUBLISHED July 05, 2019

Visit Maldives Travel Expo (VMTE) kicks off today in Malaysia. The first of its kind event organized by the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC) will be held in association with AirAsia from 5th to 7th July 2019 at the ground floor of IOI Mall-Putrajaya. AirAsia, the only airline that flies directly from Kuala Lumpur to Maldives 10 times weekly, is offering 20% discount on all flights to Maldives for bookings made during the travel fair. The discount is applicable for travel period of 5 July 2019 to 21 Nov 2019. 

17 participants across the Maldives tourism industry representing top tour operators, travel agents, resorts and guesthouses of Maldives are exhibiting at the event. They are, AAA Hotels & Resorts, Coral Island Maldives, Crown & Champa Resorts, Furaveri Island resort & Spa, Guest House Association of Maldives, Lets Go Maldives Pvt Ltd, Liyela Retreat, Plumeria Hotels & Resorts, Reollo Travel Pvt Ltd, Resort Life, Season Paradise, Seven Ocean Travel, Splendid Asia, Sun travel & Tours, Travel Connection Maldives, UI Maldives and Villa Hotels & Resorts. 

Targeting Malaysian Travel trade and consumers, VMTE is a step forward in the effort to market Maldives as a top destination for travelers. The exhibition will allow travel and trade industry partners to meet, establish contacts and negotiate offers while visitors will get access to holiday packages to Maldives. 

The event kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed (Managing Director of MMPRC) and Ms Amanda Woo (Regional Head- Corporate of AirAsia) honored by her excellency Visam Ali (Maldives Ambassador for Malaysia). This was followed by a press briefing. Whilst the first day of the event is dedicated to the travel trade from 1130-1800hrs by invitation, the second and third days will be open for consumers from 1000-2100hrs, targeting over 150,000-200-000 shoppers who attend the Mall daily. 

The whole arena will be showcased with the beauty and culture of Maldives. Complimenting this, various cultural performances will be held throughout the exhibition. Visitors will have a chance to taste authentic Maldivian flavors at the Visit Maldives stand. Other highlights of activities include experiencing Maldives through virtual reality, with imagery of colorful underwater flora and fauna, swim with whale sharks and the serene sunny beaches of the Maldives. Moreover, a raffle draw will select winners for free holidays sponsored by Furaveri Island Resort & Spa, Paradise Island Resort & Spa and Plumeria Maldives along with free air ticket, sponsored by AirAsia. 

VMTE is a new avenue creating a great platform to open business opportunities for bringing the Malaysian and South East Asian markets to the Maldives, which is a new area of focus for the Maldives tourism. This initiative, together with numerous other activities planned for the rest of the year is anticipated to bring about a significant boost in this important regional market. 

By the end of 2018, 93,398 arrivals were recorded from South East Asia Market, a growth of 13.7% compared to previous year. 


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