MMPRC to host webinar for tourism marketeers on solutions to the COVID-19 crisis

Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) in association with Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Tripadvisor will be hosting a special webinar designed exclusively for the Maldives Tourism Marketeers on Monday 27th April 2020.  The webinar titled “React, Rethink, Recover: Solutions to the COVID-19 Crisis & the Maldivian Tourism Industry” The 90-minute webinar will […]

Maldives Capital on Lockdown

The government of Maldives has imposed a 14-day lockdown in Male’ City area which includes Male’ City, Hulhumale’ and Vilimale’. Initially a 24 hour lockdown was imposed on Wednesday, 15th april 2020, following the first positive case of COVID-19 identified in Male’. The lockdown was extended for another 24 hours on Thursday and then for […]

Cabinet deliberates on additional measures to tackle COVID-19

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has met with his cabinet on 13 April 2020, Monday, at his official residence Mulee’aage to deliberate on the response and recovery measures implemented by the government of the Maldives with regard to the global pandemic COVID-19.  According to the President’s official website, the discussions centred on the interventions in place […]

Automating hospitality in times of social distancing

The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought the travel and hospitality sectors to a halt. The calls to enact social distancing measures mean no more travelling or meeting friends at pubs or restaurants. The consequences are devastating for airlines, hotels, events, restaurants etc. and result in closures and job loss around the world. Although governments have […]

Emirates announces first passenger flights post suspension

Approvals obtained to fly passengers outbound from the UAE to some destinations from 06 April. Initial flights to commence from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Brussels Stringent entry restrictions remain in place at these destinations as well as others across the world; travellers advised to check before travel Safety and wellbeing of […]

International Tourism Arrivals Could Fall by 20-30% in 2020: UNWTO

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism. Taking into account the unparalleled introduction of travel restrictions across the world, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down by 20% to 30% in 2020 when compared […]

Good news for the tourism sector: BML offers short-term financing in the face of COVID-19

Due to the uncertainty in facing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak globally and to mitigate the risks to the industry, the Bank of Maldives, together with the Ministry of Tourism and the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), has announced short-term financing solution to support the tourism sector. The financing solution allows operational resorts and guesthouses […]

Qatar Airways Launches New Policy to Provide Maximum Flexibility for Passengers

Airline’s customers can alter their booking date free of charge or receive a travel voucher in case their plans change Qatar Airways has launched a new commercial policy to provide customers with maximum flexibility to suit their travel plans. Passengers who have booked or will book flights for travel up to 30 June 2020 will […]

Arabian Travel Market 2020 postponed

Reed Travel Exhibitions has confirmed that ATM will now take place on June 28 Reed Travel Exhibitions, the organisers of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), has announced that the event will now take place from June 28 to July 1 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, U.A.E. The decision to postpone the event, […]

COVID-19: UNWTO wants tourism to be part of recovery plans

UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) has called for financial and political support for recovery measures aimed at tourism, and to include support for the sector in the wider recovery plans and actions of affected economies. Tourism sector faces up to the COVID-19 challenge. Public health is paramount due to the fundamental people-to-people nature of the […]

Maldives says India & Russia new focus markets amidst Coronavirus rampage on tourism

Maldives has doubled up its tourism promotion activities in India and Russia amidst the global outbreak of Coronavirus, the island nation’s official tourism promotion body has announced on Thursday. Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director of the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), told journalists in capital Male, Thursday afternoon, that planned road shows and several […]