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The Cabinet on Monday, 23 February, discussed ongoing government efforts to introduce tourism in further regions of the Maldives archipelago.

Ministers discussed a paper presented by the Tourism Ministry after conducting a survey of the atolls outside the present tourism zone, the President's Office said.

 

"Members of the Cabinet expressed their views on the geographical expansion of tourism to these regions," the President's Office said in a press release.

 

The government is trying to introduce tourism to as many atolls as possible in order to pave way to uplift the economic standards of all island communities of Maldives.

The Tourism Ministry this week revealed that last year, the months of January, February, March and December were the most popular period for tourists to visit Maldives.

According to statistics revealed the ministry, the most number of tourist arrivals to Maldives were recorded during these four months.

 

In January, 45,000 tourists were recorded while for February, the figure was 46,000. Some 47,000 tourist arrivals were recorded in March while the figure for December was 46,000.

 

However, Asian tourists to Maldives, especially tourists from Japan, preferred the month of September to visit Maldives.

Crown Tours Maldives will be participating at the upcoming ITB Fair (Internationale Tourismus-Börse/International Tourism-Exchange) held at Berlin, Germany from the 12th to 16th March 2004.

Together with the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board, we will be participating at the Stand Number 303, Hall 26.

 

If you would like to meet any of our representatives, please notify us by email at sales@crowntoursmaldives.com.

 

See you soon at ITB!

More than 101,000 or a fifth of tourist arrivals to Maldives last year were from Asia, according to statistics released by the Tourism Ministry.

Japan formed Maldives' single largest tourist market from Asia, the stats also revealed. Japanese tourists to Maldives in 2003 totalled 42,081.

 

Tourists from China made up the second single largest market with arrivals totalling 15,021 while India came third with more than 11,000 tourists.

Maldives last week presented two first-class round-the-world trip tickets to Italy's Ms. Valeria Vavassori, who last year became Maldives' half millionth tourist.

Valeria was presented with the tickets during the BIT fair in Italy which was held from 14 to 17 February.

 

Last year was the first time that Maldives recorded half a million tourists to the country since tourism was introduced here three decades ago.

 

Half millionth tourist visitor to Maldives last year, Italy's Ms. Valeria Vavassori (L) is given a warm welcome on 27 November 2003 by the tourism industry of Maldives on her arrival at the Male International Airport

Tourist arrivals to the Maldives in January 2003 marked an increase of 13.5 percent compared to the year-ago period, the Tourism Ministry revealed. According to statistics released by the ministry, 61,861 arrivals were recorded last month as against 54,503 arrivals recorded in January 2002. Most arrivals in January 2003 were from Italy, which number 15,478, making up 25 percent of total tourist arrivals to Maldives.

Maldives will host a film festival to promote its tourism industry, officials said.

The festival will be held sometime in late 2004 but exact dates have not been assigned yet.

 

Foreign judges, especially from Europe, will be brought to judge the festival, according to the Tourism Ministry.

 

A 100,000-dollar cash prize will be distributed among the winners of the festival.

The government has awarded an additional one million dollars to this year’s tourism promotion budget, the Tourism Ministry said.

The government had earlier given three million dollars for advertising Maldives’ tourism abroad.

 

Tourism Minister Hassan Sobir noted that the private sector also spends a great amount to contribute to Maldives’ overall efforts to advertise and promote the country’s tourism industry.

Tourism Minister Hassan Sobir returned this week from a visit to India.

During the visit, Sobir met tourism officials of India and discussed strengthening of bilateral cooperation between Maldives and India in the area of tourism.

 

High level discussions were also held on the hotel school to be built by India in the Maldives.

 

During the visit, the Tourism Minister toured historical and cultural sites of India, and also some tourism institutions.

Crown Tours Maldives will be participating at the upcoming Borsa Internazionale del Turismo held at Milan from the 14th to 17th February 2004.

Together with the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board, we will be participating at the Stand No. B 36, Pavilion 13.

 

If you would like to meet any of our representatives, please notify us by email at sales@crowntoursmaldives.com.

 

See you soon at Milan!

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