Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation together with the industry attended the Arabian Travel Market from 6th- 9th May 2013. The Maldives delegation comprises of 89 delegates from 48 companies, representing 17 Resorts and 31 Travel Agents.
Arabian Travel Market is the travel and tourism event unlocking business potential within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. Tourism destinations from the Middle East and around the world showcase a diverse range of accommodation options, breathtaking tourism attractions and new airline routes
ATM, the largest trade and consumer travel show in the Gulf region, serves as an ideal platform for Maldivian suppliers and relevant agencies to establish marketing networks with their United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Middle East counterparts. The Maldivian delegation updated the travel trade and members of the media in the UAE and Middle East on new developments and products in the Maldives. Participation in this annual travel market helped to strengthen the presence of Maldives in the Middle East market as ATM brings together the regions buyers and sellers from every sector of the industry.
This year marks Maldives’ 40th year of tourism and the 14th year of participation at the ATM. Maldives’ continuous support for this annual event demonstrates a firm interest in the Middle East market, which showed potential growth in the past few years.
The Maldives Pavilion is an area space of 105 sq. meters was prominently located at stand number AS7070, themed as a beach resort of the Maldives; the concept showcased the uniqueness of the intricate stone carving of Maldives traditional Muslim mosque.
In March, 2,404 arrivals were recorded from the Middle East with a growth of 33.6%. By the end of March 2013, Maldives attracted a total of 6,665 arrivals from Middle East market which is a percentage change of 53.4%. Middle East shares 2.3% of the total market share. Saudi Arabia is the leading market from the Middle East. A total of 1,047 tourists arrived from Saudi Arabia in March.