The Maldives has welcomed the first tourist visitor for this year, Georgina Canning from the UK with a special ceremony held at Velana International Airport (VIA)

Georgina and her partner arrived on Gulf Air GF144 at around 0610 hrs this morning. Georgina was greeted by Senior officials from the Tourism Ministry and the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC/Visit Maldives), as well as representatives from Maldives Immigration and Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). This is her second visit to the Maldives.

The first visitor was given a 5-night stay at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, which included a full board meal plan for two people. And additional gifts from MMPRC/Visit Maldives, the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives Immigration, MACL, Dhiraagu and Koel Eyewear also provided gifts to the first visitor.

The CEO and MD of MMPRC Thoyyib Mohamed stated “Our nation’s success, despite the difficulties faced by the global pandemic, stands testament to our optimism and strength of solidarity – these are fundamental elements of the continued success of our tourism industry. With that optimism, we warmly welcome our first visitor for this year. And with that strength of solidarity, we take another step into the golden jubilee year of Maldivian tourism”.

Moreover, according to Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom,“in spite of the global challenges, the year 2021 has been a very successful year for Maldives tourism. Tourist bed capacity increased by 9.4% and the bed nights exceeded 11 million breaking the previous record of 10.7 nights. Furthermore, Maldives won the World’s Leading Destination Award by World Travel Awards for the 2nd time consecutively. I appreciate the continuous engagement, contributions and support of all the tourism industry stakeholders, related authorities and agencies, the hardworking staff of the tourism sector, the lovely people of Maldives and the tourists.”

Next year Maldives celebrates the Golden Jubilee of tourism in the Maldives, with plans to conduct new and exciting activities throughout the year. MMPRC has planned over 60 in-person events, including 17 fairs, roadshows, and events scheduled for just the first quarter of 2022.


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