Participating in the first episode of South Asian Digital Travel Conversation hosted by SATA Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director of Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has relayed confidence that Maldives will overcome the challenges and be back in business as a tourist destination.
He also mentioned that, during the last 20 years, Maldives tourism industry and global tourism had faced challenges due to tragic events such as September 11, Global Financial Crisis in 2008 and 2009, and 2004 Tsunami. However, the Maldives tourism sector had bounced back stronger in the following years despite the harsh impact of these events. While the current situation is unprecedented, Mr. Thoyyib believes that the industry will bounce back following in the footsteps of the previous events.
Maldives also has a geographical advantage with the nation being consisted of individual islands making the containing less challenged than most other destinations.
Thoyyib said, "All should consider contributing to the sustainable development agenda and built resilience while learning from this crisis"
Mr. Thoyyib also highlighted the importance of implementing proper health guidelines and measurements before bringing in tourists to the island nation to ensure that they feel safe and comfortable throughout their vacation.
The South Asian Digital Travel Conversation is a virtual conversation organized by the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) with a full focus to discuss in-depth, to create awareness and to voice the challenges that are being faced in the Travel Trade & Hospitality Industry of the South Asian region.
The conversation has been purposefully designed as a series, spread across multiple episodes of 45 minutes each, with special guests from the South Asian regions Travel Trade & Hospitality Industry. Each episode will highlight a specific topic, and industry professionals will be sharing their voice with regional factual data.