MMPRC opens registration for IFTM Top Resa

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has invited co-exhibitors to register for this year’s edition of the International French travel Market (IFTM) Top Resa.

In a statement, the state owned tourism promotion company said Wednesday that registration for IFTM Top Resa, which is to be held from September 26-29, is open till June 22. Interested parties are requested to fill a co-exhibitor registration form and send it to MMPRC’s office along with the payment, it added.

Participation costs USD 1,060 for resorts, hotels, and foreign tour operators and travel agents, while USD 530 will be charged from guesthouses, picnic islands, liveaboards, local travel agents, dive operators and transport service providers registering to be co-exhibitors. The registration fee covers two representatives per company, with each additional representative costing an extra USD 212.

Held annually since 1978, IFTM Top Resa has become a multi-target show covering all grounds of travel, including business, leisure and events. Major players in leisure travel, event management and business travel gather in Paris to share and learn through the impressive range of destinations present, and to discover new products and exhibitors from the hospitality technology sector.

France, a traditional source market for the Maldives tourism industry, has recently experienced a downfall with arrivals dropping by 3.7 percent last year to reach 40,487 from 42,024 in 2015.

However, the French market has been recovering this year. Official figures show that 21,783 tourists from France visited the Maldives in the first three months of the year — a 2.9 percent increase over the 21,178 in the same period of last year.

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