MATATO opens registration for multi-city travel roadshow in Southeast Asia

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

In a statement, MATATO said it would be participating at the Outbound Travel Roadshow (OTR) Southeast Asia, which would take place from October 1-5 in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore (optional).

MATATO invited interested parties to fill a co-exhibitor registration form and send it to its office along with the payment before 3pm on March 29.

Participation costs USD 4,000 for the three cities and an additional USD 1,700 for the optional city. The fee is for one representative from each company, and covers accommodation in five-star hotels, airport transfers and intercity flights, and participation in city-specific workshops. For a second delegate, USD 1,800 for the three cities and USD 700 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 Southeast Asia edition, similar OTR events are held in India and Middle East throughout the year.

Southeast Asia has become one of the fastest growing source markets for the Maldives tourism industry, with 82,162 arrivals — an increase of 21.4 percent — recorded in 2017.

That growth is expected to continue this year as well, as major contributors from Southeast Asia posted strong performances in January, with arrivals from countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines increasing by 15 percent, 223.6 percent and 24.3 percent respectively. Arrivals from Singapore, however, declined by 3.8 percent.

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