Visit Maldives has participated in World Travel Market (WTM) Africa 2021, which is being held virtually from 7th of April to 9th April 2021.
World Travel Market Africa is the leading and only B2B exhibition for the inbound and outbound African travel & tourism markets. Through its industry networks, global reach and regional focus WTM Africa creates personal and business opportunities providing our customers with quality contacts, content and communities.
WTM Africa is held in the format of a hybrid event, delivering a significant ROI for exhibitors and providing a much-needed platform for live and virtual connection between tourism industry stakeholders engaged in bringing business to Africa, and Africa to the world.
Upon the reopening of international borders Visit Maldives has continued promoting The Maldives as a safe haven for travellers. It has been actively promoting the destination in several key markets with global campaigns, fairs, roadshows and joint campaigns with other airlines and top tour operators in key markets. In addition, Visit Maldives has also launched its first virtual event platform,” My Virtual Maldives”. The modern platform named, is set to amplify audience engagement and networking by connecting attendees from across the globe through hosted online events ranging from virtual exhibitions, roadshows, webinars to trainings and live marketing events targeting the travel trade and consumers alike.
Maldives reopened its borders for tourists of all nationalities on 15th July 2020, with rigorous procedures in place to ensure the safety of tourists and tourism workers. Tourists are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to their departure, as well as have a negative PCR test result, conducted 96 hours prior to their departure.
On 1st February 2021, Maldives initiated the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the government aims to provide free COVID-19 vaccine to all citizens and residents of Maldives in the upcoming months. In this regard, the Ministry of Tourism also launched an initiative to vaccinate people in the tourism sector to develop an even safer scenario for the industry. As of March 25th, 224,979 people have received the vaccine including 14,898 frontline workers in the tourism industry. The initiation of the vaccination drive is bound to offer hope to the local population, as well as ensure the safety of tourists. This conveys the message that Maldives is a low-risk destination for travelers and will hopefully generate a surge in tourist arrivals.