Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC / Visit Maldives) and industry partners concluded the WTM LATAM event with a series of successful meetings, networking sessions, and over 1,500 visitors to the Maldives' Stand. The event was held from 5th to 7th April, in São Paulo, Brazil.
WTM Latin America is one of the major B2B travel and tourism events for Latin America, offering excellent business opportunities, return on investment and access to relevant and qualified travel and tourism industry buyers, influencers, and professionals. More than 565 exhibitors from 40 countries took part in the three-day event.
MMPRC took part in the activity along with 11 industry partners from the Maldives, namely Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives; Resort Life Travel; Patina Maldives; Sun Siyam Resorts; Travel Connection Maldives; Intour Maldives; Sheraton Maldives Fullmoon Resort & Spa; Reollo Travel; Lily Hotels; Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives; and Lets Go Maldives. During the event, over 1,500 visitors visited the Maldives’ stand to discuss and observe information about the Maldives as a holiday destination. Additionally, 25 meetings were held between Maldivian officials and the Latin American travel trade and global travel professionals. WTM Latin America organizers also noted that the first two days of the fair saw over 10,725 visitors attending the event this year which is a 8.7% growth by comparison with 2019.
MMPRC participated in WTM Latin America to market the destination as the ultimate vacation destination, providing safety and unique experiences for tourists from Latin America. Throughout this event, MMPRC and industry partners showcased the unique geography of our scattered islands, which facilitates natural social distancing for vacationers. Further opportunities were provided to market tourism products - resorts, hotels, guesthouses and liveaboards, and the COVID-19 measures in place in these facilities for the safety and security of holidaymakers in the Maldives. Experiences unique to the Maldives were also promoted, along with the latest destination updates to travelers and travel trade professionals from the South American and Latin American market. During the event, MMPRC also held a raffle amongst visitors to the Maldives’ Stand, through which a lucky winner won a free holiday to the Maldives, sponsored by Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives.
Participation in WTM Latin America came as part of MMPRC’s marketing strategy for the Latin American market, especially Brazil. This marketing strategy focuses on increasing arrivals from the market through dedicated campaigns on social and digital media platforms, and through participation and marketing of the destination in prominent fairs and exhibitions held in this market. Countries belonging to Latin America, notably countries such as Brazil, are important markets for the Maldives.
The Maldives has seen 4,130 arrivals from Brazil by the end of February 2022, and MMPRC has several marketing activities in the pipeline aimed at this market for the year 2022. This includes digital and social media marketing campaigns, webinars, and influencers and media familiarization trips. It also came under a new short term strategy devised to address the evolving geopolitical climate in the world following the effects of the Russia-Ukraine war. With Russia and CIS topping the arrivals figures in recent years, the strategy is aimed at mitigating the potential negative impact on arrival numbers from this region by restrategizing marketing activities in selectedr markets to minimise the potential adverse effects on the Maldives tourism industry and the nation’s economy.
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