BBC and PATA to Host Webinar on Maldives’ Tourism

PUBLISHED October 01, 2020

Following the success of the PATA Dream to Travel Festival, particularly the Dream to Travel Forums, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), in partnership with BBC Global News, PATA announced the launch of Destination Insight Series. This webinar series will take a close look at various destinations around the Asia Pacific region as examine how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare towards recovery. The panel discussions will provide a 360° local perspective of each destinations’ on-ground activities and preparations (operational, marketing, communications, etc.). 

The Destination Insight Series with PATA and BBC will be taking a closer look at Maldives on Thursday, October 8, at 3pm (GMT+7)- 1 of just 2 destinations in the world that have completely lifted all travel restrictions as of September 22. The webinar will focus on how Maldives adapted to accept international travellers and learn how other destinations can overcome challenges while preparing towards recovery. 

Panelists include: Dr Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism, Maldives; Hassan Areef, General Manager/Corporate Communications, Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL); John Williams, Vice President Advertising Sales - Singapore & South East Asia, BBC Global News; Shafiyya Steinhilber, Director of Sales, Hotel Jen; Dr Naushad Mohamed, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Maldives; Abdulla Ghiyas, Vice President, Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO) and Chair, PATA Maldives Chapter; moderated by Carmen Roberts, Presenter, BBC's The Travel Show. 

To register for the webinar, you can register online at 


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