Maldives Association of Tourism Professionals congratulates new govt

Maldives Association of Tourism Professionals (ATP) has congratulated the new government, especially the newly appointed tourism minister Ali Waheed.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who defeated incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in the September 23 elections, was sworn in as president on Saturday, while Faisal Naseem took the oath as the vice president.

Hours after the inauguration, former parliamentarian Ali Waheed was appointed as the new Minister of Tourism.

ATP said it was looking forward to working closely with the new government to further strengthen the tourism industry of Maldives and establish avenues to develop tourism, affiliated institutions and the people.

“We wish the president, vice president and minister success in all their endeavours,” Dr Hussain Sunny Umar, President of ATP, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Launchd at World Travel Market (WTM) London early month, ATP aims to bring together entire tourism and hospitality professionals under one organised body. The organisation’s mission is to develop human capital along with promotion of Maldives as a brand destination with integrity, making Maldives tourism a responsible and sustainable industry.

Additionally, ATP aims to develop solutions to problems within the tourism industry, identify ways to exploit new potential markets and sustainable resources, implement emerging technologies to take Maldives tourism into the future, and to empower the workforce by through training, conferences, workshops, development and research.

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