MATATO opens registration for multi-city roadshow in Middle East

Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has opened registration for a major upcoming multi-city travel trade roadshow in Middle East.

In a statement, MATATO said it would be participating at the Outbound Travel Roadshow (OTR) Middle East, which would take place from February 11-15, 2018 in Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman (optional). The event will go on as follows:

  • February 11 – Welcome dinner at Dubai, where you get introduced to the invitees.
  • February 12 – Workshop at Dubai. Leave to Kuwait next morning.
  • February 13 – Workshop at Kuwait. Leave to Qatar next morning.
  • February 14 – Workshop at Qatar. Leave to Qatar next morning. 
  • February 15 – Workshop at Oman.

MATATO invited interested parties to fill a co-exhibitor registration form and send it to its office along with the payment before 3pm on October 30.

Participation costs USD 3,800 for three cities and an additional USD 1,270 for the optional city. The fees are for one representative from each company, and cover accommodation in five-star hotels, airport transfers and intercity flights, and participation in city-specific workshops. For a second delegate, USD 1,600 for the three cities and another USD 630 for the optional city will be charged.

OTR is a trade-only event that connects buyers and suppliers of travel services and products, and provides a key forum to shape the future of the industry through networking and education. Held across the most prominent feeder cities, OTR attracts all the vanguards of travel trade industry. Attendees include key decision makers and budget holders with direct purchasing responsibility.

In addition to the Middle East edition, similar OTR events are held in India and Southeast Asia throughout the year.

Middle East has become a major emerging source market for the Maldives tourism industry, with arrivals from the region increasing by 0.3 percent in the first nine months of this year to reach 35,025 from 34,933. This positive result is mostly due to strong performance by major Middle Eastern markets such as United Arab Emirates (up 50.5 percent), Kuwait (up 14.5 percent), Lebanon (up 13 percent) and Egypt (up 0.6 percent).

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