Vacations Expo 2017 sponsors, partners announced

Agreements have been signed with sponsors and partners of the second edition of Vacations Expo.

At a ceremony held Sunday afternoon at Unima Grand hotel in capital Male, leading local travel agent and tour operator Inner Maldives signed up as the title sponsor of the expo, which would be held from July 6-8 in capital Male.

MV Hotels was named the Associate Partner, while Unima Grand signed up as the Hospitality Partner, Amana Takaful Maldives as the Travel Insurance Partner, Ooredoo Maldives as the Telecom Partner, M7 Maldives as the Printing Partner, and Absolute Security and Advance Protection Private Limited as the Security Partner.

Maldives Insider and The Island Chief were assigned travel media partners, while local daily Mihaaru signed up as the news media partner and state broadcaster Public Service Media’s (PSM) Television Maldives (TVM) as the official TV partner.

Maldives Insider has been named a travel media partner of the upcoming Vacations Expo 2017. PHOTO/ HIGHRISE

Meanwhile, state tourism promotion company Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) have given their endorsement. Tourism Authority of Thailand will also participate in the expo.

Several big names, including major travel industry stakeholders, airlines, tour operators, guesthouses and regional destinations, have already confirmed their participation at the expo. The confirmed parties include local Islamic pilgrimage agents such as Musafireen and Hajj Corporation, local tour operators Kraken and Voyages Maldives, guesthouse Vinorva, Sri Lanka-based Kingsbury Hotel and Amaya Resorts, and Indian travel agent Holiday Kerala.

Sri Lanka’s leading multi-speciality hospitals, including Lanka Hospital and Durdans Hospital — popular amongst thousands of Maldivians that travel to the neighbouring country for medial treatment — will also showcase their products.

The year’s edition will also include a Visit and Win segment that offers visitors the opportunity to win exciting travel packages, including Umrah trips.

The annual travel trade show brings together leading travel companies, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators, travel agents, online travel companies, liveaboards, cruises, dive operators and other travel marketers under one roof. Exhibitors can display various attractive travel packages and services.

The expo is organised by leading event management company Highrise, which has successfully delivered several local and international events, including Maldives Travel Awards, Maldives Film Awards, Maldives Living Expo and Sounds of Maldives.

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