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MaldivesResearch met tourism industry figures at WTM, London

MaldivesResearch trustees visited World Travel Market (WTM), London on 11th and 12th November 2008 to carryout informal canvassing to promote the organisation. In the talks held during the exhibition trustees introduced MaldivesResearch to some key Maldives tourism industry figures who participated in the exhibition. Among them were, Maldives Tourism Promotion Board officials, Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) board members, Maldives Association of Tourism Industry members and a parliamentarian.

WTM London 2008

Maldives exhibition stand at World Travel Market London

During the talks trustees highlighted the need for a research-based policy development approach for an industry like travel and tourism. Current research projects are were also discussed with some attendees. Industry representatives expressed keen interest on planned projects and activities of MaldivesResearch. They recommended MaldivesResearch to approach industry representative bodies formally so they will be happy can to look into the projects further. Some showed a keen willingness to help MaldivesResearch projects.

“The visit was beneficial to our organisation in the sense that we managed to canvass our objectives with some of the leading Maldivians. I am quite pleased with the interest shown and ideas suggested by some people I had a chat with…” said Ugail, one of the trustees who visited the exhibition on both days.

WTM is one of the largest travel and tourism fairs that targets the travel industry. This year’s fair was held at Excel Exhibition Centre, London from 10th to 13th November 2008. Maldives has been participating WTM since the 1980’s with representation from resort and hotel owners, travel agents, safari vessel operators, transport and aviation sector.

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