MMPRC opens registration for Fespo 2018

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has opened registration for the upcoming Fespo Fair in Switzerland.

In a circular, MMPRC asked interested those interested in taking part in the fair, which is set to be held in Zurich from January 25-28, to fill in a co-exhibitor registration form and send it to MMPRC with the payment before 3pm on November 2.

Registration costs USD 1,000 for resorts, hotels, and foreign travel agents and tour operators, and USD 500 for safari vessels, guesthouses, local travel agents, dive operators, transfer companies and picnic islands. Another USD 1,000 will be charged from each party in all categories, except foreign travel agents and tour operators (USD 2,000 for them), for table booking.

According to MMPRC, the fees cover two representatives per company. A fee of USD 212 should be paid for each additional representative, it added.

Now in its 28th year, the Fespo in Zurich offers its visitors information about adventurous, exciting, relaxing and unique holidays. In 2016, 650 exhibitors showcased their products and attractive offers to an audience of more than 63,000 visitors.

Despite being amongst the top 10 source markets for the Maldives tourism industry, growth in the Swiss market has slowed recently with only a 1.9 percent increase in visitor numbers in the first nine months of the year. Official figures show that 20,163 tourists visited the Maldives from Switzerland during the period compared to the 19,784 in the same period of last year.

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