Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) advocates for positive relations
In view of some of the recent negative exchanges on Maldivian social media with regard to India, the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) emphasizes the significance of fostering positive ties with all countries including our South Asian neighbors . MATATO believes that collaborative efforts and open communication are essential towards ensuring friendly relations, trade and cultural exchanges, and people to people contact between our Maldives and its neighbors remain strong and unhindered.
It is crucial to dispel any misconceptions with regard to the matter and MATATO highlights that efforts to develop and foster Lakshwadeep island’s tourism sector has no discernible negative effect on the Maldives’ tourism industry. In such development would prove complementary to Maldivian tourism, creating opportunities for both regions. The synergies between the two destinations can enhance the overall appeal for travelers and encourage more cruise liners to explore this vibrant and culturally rich region.
MATATO underscores the importance of refraining from hateful comments and calls on all parties to promote messages of unity and cooperation. The association encourages all stakeholders to work towards building bridges rather than walls, fostering an environment where mutual respect and understanding thrive.
In the spirit of collaboration, MATATO acknowledges the strategic alliances it shares with numerous Indian travel associations. These relationships are not merely professional, but a testament to the enduring friendship and partnership between the two nations. MATATO believes in the power of dialogue and mutual support, leveraging these connections to strengthen the ties that bind our tourism industries.
The Indian market plays a pivotal role in the success of the Maldivian tourism sector, supporting guest houses and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that depend on the influx of Indian visitors. MATATO urges all stakeholders to recognize the interconnectedness of our economies and the shared benefits that come from a harmonious relationship between the Maldives and India.
As an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism and fostering positive relationships, MATATO remains committed to working towards a future where collaboration, respect, and unity prevail in the South Asian region.