First Maldives Supplier Expo kicks off

First ever Maldives Supplier Expo kicked off Friday, allowing suppliers to connect with industry stakeholders.

Held at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, this is the first expo of its kind, targeted strictly towards resorts operation personnel, including head chefs, chief engineers, procurement managers, financial controllers and purchasing managers of all tourism establishments in the Maldives.

With 23 stalls, the expo features some of the largest local and international suppliers.

Local suppliers include Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), Al Shaali Marine Maldives, Allied Insurance, Fuel Supply Maldives (FSM), Ooredoo Maldives, Laniakea Tech, Linkserve, M7 Print and State Trading Organisation (STO). Alia Investments, Asia Group, Asters, Astrabon, City Investments, Copier Plus, EVO, Male’ Aerated Water Company (MAWC), Onestop, Rateria Fabrics, Scarlet Maldives, Sea Gear, The Hawks, and VAM & Company are exhibiting at the two-day expo.

This is the first year in which the Maldives Supplier Expo is being included as a component of Travel Trade Maldives (TTM), the largest annual travel trade fair in the Maldives.

TTM provides industry professionals with the opportunity to grow their businesses within one of the most lucrative and leading travel destinations in the world, the Maldives.

More than 400 visitors attended TTM during the past three days where pre-scheduled meetings took place at Dharubaaruge. Over 4,000 meetings were held inside the TTM meeting hall, where business contracts were negotiated between the exhibitors and travel agencies.

TTM 2018 kicked off Monday with a summit dedicated to tackle the most pressing issues in the world-renowned holiday destination.

TTM, which was launched last year by local PR firm Maldives Getaways, aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of two million tourists per year with over USD 3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020.

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