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According to the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board the team consists of four journalists representing Japanese Daily Newspaper, Travel Journal magazine and TV Tokyo. The team has been brought under the joint work being carried out by MTPB, the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry and various others working in the tourism industry to show to the international tourism market that the Maldives tourism industry was functioning normally.

The Japanese team has been brought by MTPB in collaboration with Cox and Kings, a Japanese tour operator and Singapore Airlines.


TVM 31-01-2005

Maldives is taking part in a two-day emergency meeting which started in Phuket, Thailand.

The United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation is holding the emergency meeting to discuss how to lure visitors back to areas hit by last month’s tsunami.


Officials from about 40 nations are taking part in the meeting.


UN is urging travelers to visit unaffected areas of tsunami-hit countries like Maldives in order to revive the local economies.

Three spas of Maldives have made it to top lists in the annual Conde Nast Traveler Spa Awards.

The Six Senses Spa at Soneva Gili Resort & Spa came fifth in the "Overseas Hotel Spas: Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean" category while the Island Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, which is a client of Crown Tours Private Limited, came in seventh place.


In the same category, The Veyoge Spa at One&Only Kanuhura resort made it to 10th place.


Soneva Gili also made it into the list of the Top 25 spas of the world. The resort came in the 22nd spot in that category.


The Conde Nast Traveler is a widely read travel magazine based in the United Kingdom.

Spain’s princess and her husband inaugurated the fair. During their tour of the fair, they visited the Maldives stall and inquired about the Maldives and the state of the country following the Tsunami disaster last month. The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board is conducting special programmes at the fair, to promote the Maldives and revive the industry after the disaster. The main message of the campaign is to ensure tourists that Maldives is a safe tourist destination and that 63 resorts are in full operation with all the services provided as before. This message is being conveyed to Spanish tourists, through the media, travel agents and tour operators of Spain.

In a programme broadcast by Spain’s reputed TV channel, TV Espanyol also emphasised that the Maldives is a safe tourist destination and that all services are being provided for tourists as before. The Maldives is well known among the people of Spain as a honeymoon destination and as a diving paradise. In addition to this fair, officials from the Maldives tourism board and the tourism industry participated in the Wakanthee Tourism Fair in the Netherlands from the 11th to the 16th of this month and the tourism fair: Boot in Dussuldoff of Germany from the 15th to the 23rd of this month.

Russian tourists are reluctant to leave the Maldives islands situated in close proximity to the calamity zone in Southeast Asia. None of the Russian tourists who have been vacationing in the Maldives is leaving the islands now, Ilona Kuzmina, Director general of "Bolshoye Puteshestvie" Travel Company - one of the chief travel operators to Maldives said recently.

“Russian tourists do not want to interrupt their vacation,” she said.

Italy which contributes 25 percent to Maldives’ tourist market has said that it will support the travel of Italian tourists to Maldives which is trying to recover from last month’s tsunami. Tourism contributes 32 percent directly to GDP and 75 percent indirectly to the Maldives’ GDP. Italian Foreign Undersecretary, Margherita Boniver, recently met President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Foreign Minister Fathulla Jameel to discuss how Maldives’ tourism can be revived. Italians make up the single largest tourist market for Maldives.

Italian tourism, explained Boniver, represents 16 percent of the Maldives’ GDP and it necessaries a thrust taking advantage of the BIT, the international tourism exchange which will be held in Milan in early February.


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