MATATO to launch annual travel agents guide
Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has announced plans to launch a directory of travel agents in Maldives.
In a statement, MATATO said the Maldives Travel Agents Guide would be published from next year onwards as a handbook directory that provides detailed information about travel agents operating in the Maldives. In addition to listings of travel agents, the guide will include features and advertorials on holiday options offered by local agents, it added.
“The purpose of this publication is to have an exclusive platform, where MATATO can exclusively feature local travel agents and their innovative travel ideas and offers that need to be showcased for the international market. This publication will also serve as business directory and catalogue for international buyers seeking for information on local agents,” the statement read.
According to MATATO, the annual guide will be distributed at major international travel trade shows and MATATO hosted events.
Travel agents interested to be listed on the guide are requested to contact the organisation’s Deputy Secretary General Asra Naseem via email.
MATATO already publishes an annual magazine, Maldives Finder.
First launched in 2011, Maldives Finder is distributed throughout the year at leading international travel exhibitions and events, and travel roadshows and networking events organised by MATATO. The publication is also widely circulated amongst the tourism facilities in the Maldives.
MATAO, a non-profit that supports local travel agents and tour operators through lobbying and training programmes, also organises the prestigious Maldives Travel Awards every year.