MMPRC opens registration for three travel trade fairs

Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has opened registration for three travel trade fairs taking place in January 2019.

Registration is open for the OneWorld Travel Market (OTM), which takes places in the Indian city of Mumbai from January 23-25, and FITUR 2019, which is to be held in Spanish capital of Madrid from January January 23-27. The cooperation is also accepting registration for FESPO 2019, to be held in the Swiss financial capital of Zurich January 31 to February 3.

MMPRC asked those interested in taking part in these fairs to fill in separate co-exhibitor registration forms (OTM, FITUR and FESPO) and send them to its office with the payment before 3pm on December 13.

Registration for each fair costs USD 1,000 for resorts, hotels, and foreign travel agents and tour operators, while safari vessels, guesthouses, local travel agents, dive operators, transfer companies and picnic islands will be charged USD 500. The fee covers two representatives per company, with each additional official being charged USD 212 for participation.

With over 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries, OTM is the largest and most international travel trade show in India, now also the largest in the Asia-Pacific region on the basis of sellers, buyers, rented area and number of participating countries. More than 15,000 trade visitors and over 800 buyers from across all industry sectors visit this annual exhibition every year.

India has become a major emerging source market for the Maldives’ tourism industry.

Official figures show that 83,019 tourists arrived in Maldives from its closest neighbour last year, a 24 percent increase from the 66,955 Indian travellers that chose the Maldives in 2016.

That growth is expected to continue this year as well, as the number of Indian tourists that visited the Maldives recorded a 1.7 percent increase in the January-October period of this year to reach 64,224 compared to 63,141 in the same period last year.

Now in its 39th year, FITUR is one of the biggest global platforms for leading travel trade professionals for inbound and outbound markets. The first three days of the fair is solely for trade visitors and the last two days are for both trade visitors and public.

Arrivals to the Maldives from the Spanish market grew 10.5 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year. That growth has almost tripled in the past 10 months of this year, with arrivals reaching 26,723 from 21,047 in the January-October period.

Now in its 29th year, the FESPO fair offers its visitors information about adventurous, exciting, relaxing and unique holidays. In 2018, over 600 exhibitors showcased their products and attractive offers to an audience of more than 63,000 visitors.

Majority of Swiss travellers to the Maldives are repeat visitors, and Switzerland has been highlighted as one of the most potential markets for Maldives in terms of visitor arrivals.

Arrivals to the Maldives from the Swiss market increased by 3.1 percent last year, with a total of 32,651 by the end of December 2017. In the past 10 months of this year, the number of Swiss holidaymakers travelling to the Maldives increased by 0.9 percent to reach 26,025 from 25,803 in the same period of last year.

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