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The Maldives aims to increase visitor numbers to 2.5 million by 2023

The Maldives aims to increase visitor numbers to 2.5 million by 2023

Tourism to the Maldives continues to boom. Last year the total number of visitors rose to 1.4 million, an increase of 6.8 per cent, and in January 2019 the trend continued with a rise of 6.4 per cent. At 7.9 per cent, Germany is the country’s second largest customer after China, the dominant player in this market, said Thoyyib Mohamed, managing director of the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation, at ITB Berlin 2019.

Moosa Zameer, tourism minister of the Maldives

Moosa Zameer, Tourismusminister Malediven

"ITB Berlin 2017 went very well, as expected. We already found out in 2016, the year that the Maldives was the partner country of ITB Berlin, that the show can rightfully claim to be the tourism industry’s most important event. Once again we can say that Berlin is the place to be. We established very good contacts at B2B meetings and had excellent talks about our attractive destinations."

The Maldives presents its first TV channel

Malediven, Strand

“The tourism sector in the Maldives is booming“, said a delighted Moosa Zameer, the country’s tourism minister. Last year’s partner country of ITB Berlin recently set up its own embassy in Berlin, “an important step for tourism in our country“, the minister said. Hussain Afeef, vice chairman of the Maldives Association of the Tourism Industry, added: “Tourism is important for economic development in the Maldives.“ Looking at the figures, the prospects are good: as early as January a 15 per cent rise in tourism gave tourism professionals cause for joy.

ITB Berlin Convention: Maldives – do iron, but please not at night

Necessity is the mother of invention!  The Maldives, ITB Berlin's Partner Country, needs to use drinking water and electricity sparingly, and because of that the islanders need good ideas.  Its people have been seeking and finding new solutions for the careful handling of scarce resources since 1972.  That was when the development of tourism began, said Hussain Afeef, Vice Chairman of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry at ITB Berlin.  The expert named a few examples: natural waste is turned into compost.

ITB Berlin Convention: the Maldives – the sunny side of life that comes with great responsibility

Malediven Forum

In his welcome address Moosa Zameer, the tourism minister of the Maldives, underlined the story of his country’s economic success which he had already talked about at the opening of the Destination Day at the ITB Berlin Convention: “Despite the many obstacles we have managed to become a holiday destination.“

Maldives: Water - elixir of life and threat to the island nation

Water is both the Maldives' lifeblood and their greatest threat.  Beaches and water sports make it very popular; at the same time, climate change and the rising sea level require extensive measures to safeguard the islands, which are generally less than one metre above sea level.  The island nation has a lot to do over the next few years in order to remain one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Indian Ocean, said Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer Hassan at ITB Berlin.  "We strictly adhere to the unique ‘one island, one resort' concept," he promised.  Of the total 1,190 islands, 116

Partner country The Maldives:

Honorable Moosa Zameer, Tourism Minister of the Maldives

Further investments in tourism infrastructure – Tourism minister supports sustainability and renewable energy

History of the Maldives

The Maldives

The Maldives is a country whose early history is shrouded in many legends and myths. Archaeological finds have confirmed that the Maldives were inhabited as early as 5,000 years ago. However, the first time that history recorded their existence was 2,500 years ago. According to documents, Prince Vijaya of India and his followers landed on the Maldives in around 500 B.C. The close trading links and cultural ties that the Maldivians kept with neighbouring Sri Lanka and India also influenced their beliefs. For many centuries Buddhism was the islanders’ main religion.

Maldives: Official Partner Country ITB Berlin 2016

Unterwasserwelt Malediven

Fishing –  an essential part of Maldivian way of life

Contract signed: Maldives will be partner country of ITB Berlin 2016

Vertragsunterzeichnung Malediven

A regular participant for 50 years, with its stand sponsored by the German ministry of tourism on the initial occasion, the Maldives is now the next partner country of ITB Berlin. The contracts were signed today by Abdulla Ziyath, Managing Director of the Maldives Marketing & PR Cooperation (MMPRC), and ITB Berlin Exhibition Director David Ruetz.