Maldives extended a warm welcome to the 1st visitor to its 40th year of Tourism, on 3rd October 2012. Mr. Wai Shing Kwok, a Hong Kong citizen arrived Maldives by Sri Lankan Airlines flight which was the first flight to arrive on the 3rd October, landed at 0045hrs. This day is celebrated as the start of tourism industry in Maldives, having the first ever tourist to the country.
Mr. Wai was greeted at the arrival hall where he was welcomed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Hon. Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor together with the senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation and representatives of the Tourism Industry of Maldives. His passport was stamped with the 40th year celebration logo.
Mr. Wai was presented with a souvenir and a certificate and was offered a free holiday for their next holiday in the Maldives. This is Mr. Wai’s first holiday in Maldives. He arrived with his wife and three children and stayed at Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa.
This is one of the activities that were planned for the celebration of the 40th year of tourism in the Maldives. Different activities will be carried out during one year period, till the World Tourism Day next year. One of the major events will be the hosting of the official ceremony of the World Tourism Day 2013 in Maldives, on 27th September 2013.