Maldives welcomes 750,000th visitor
The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has welcomed the 750,000th visitor to the Maldives this year.
The ceremony held today saw the MMPRC, together with the Ministry of Tourism welcome Chinese tourist Wang Shuai and his family, with a free holiday to Meeru Island Resort & Spa and a commemorative plaque.
Wang Fukang, the Ambassador of China to Maldives, along with officials from the ministry and MMPRC welcomed the guests at the VIP lounge, where Shuai and his family enjoyed traditional Maldivian bodu beru performances.
The event is part of the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign which kicked off at the beginning of the year by welcoming the first visitor of 2016. MMPRC, along with the tourism ministry launched the campaign to welcome 1.5 million tourists during 2016.
According to the MMPRC, upcoming events include Maldives Photography competition and Surfing Competition to be held in the Maldives.
“Tourism being the most important industry for Maldives, the VMY2016 campaign is expected to strengthen the industry giving more opportunities to locals to promote their products and services in a greater platform,” MMPRC said in a press statement.
“China being the biggest source market to the Maldives, and one of the biggest booming outbound markets in the world, it is a great privilege for the Maldives to honour a Chinese tourist as the 750,000th tourist. This enhances the opportunity for the Maldives as a tourist destination to the further strengthen and promote positive awareness in the Chinese market.”
“Since 2010, China has maintained its position as the no.1 market to Maldives with more and more Chinese tourists visiting Maldives each year,” MMPRC said.
Chinese represents a market share of to 25.4 per cent.