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MALDIVIAN NIGHT IN MUMBAI ATTRACTS THE INDIAN TRAVEL MARKET

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With a target to attract 100,000 tourists from India, MATATO steps up destination marketing efforts with an Exclusive Destination showcase for Maldives in Mumbai.

05th May 2018, Mumbai, India; A destination showcase for Maldives is hosted in Mumbai, India, on Friday, 11th May 2018, branded as Maldivian Night, organized by Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators MATATO. More than 200 travel professionals from the two countries attended this exclusive event, hosted at the Four Seasons, Mumbai. This event was organized as part of the ongoing campaign by MATATO to attract 100,000 tourists form India in 2018.

Maldivian Night was presented in part as a business networking event, where Maldivian hoteliers and Travel agents had the opportunity to meet and conduct business with more than 150 prominent travel agents and tour operators from India. 08 Maldivian companies took part in the business networking event concluded with an entertainment evening, to promote and feature Maldives and was joined by Indian media representatives from International travel brands based in Mumbai.

Maldives attracted 83,019 tourists from India in 2017 which 24% growth from previous year. India has become a bigger source market to Maldives than more tradition markets like Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Korea. To keep the momentum on this growth, MATATO took part in 5 travel trade shows in India in the last two years.

SATTE India – February 2016

BITB New Delhi, India – October 2016

SATTE India – February 2017

India International Travel Mart (IITM) Bangalore, India – July 2017 SATTE India – January 2018

MATATO also recently organized a roadshow in India. The roadshow was in partnership with OTR in three cities in India – Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi from 19 – 22 March 2018.The association has also been working closely with the Embassy of India in the Maldives to promote Maldives in India. The association has also engaged with a PR firm in India for various publicity and promotions.

“We are really excited about having stepped up Destination Marketing efforts this year. And we look forward to continuing on this branding of events at major travel markets for Maldives. This is year so far we have been very loud in our marketing activities in Asia Pacific region especially in India” Said Abdulla Ghiyaz Riyaz, President of MATATO.

In addition MATATO enjoys a strong partnership with The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) . The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) was established in 1986. It is a dynamic organization that guides the travel industry in India. TAFI’s membership today comprises of 1400 Active, Associate, Allied and Affiliate members from all over India. MATATO is working closely in promoting Maldives to Indian travel agents and tour operators with a more aggressive outreach campaign.

The association targets to reach 100,000 tourists from India by end of 2018 thus working closely with various stakeholders to reach this target especially Ministry of Tourism and MMPRC. The association also believes India has the potential to become the number one source market for Maldives in the next five years.

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New Distribution Partnership between 360Cities & Getty Images

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We’re pleased to announce an exciting new Distribution Partnership between Getty Images and 360Cities. Participating 360Cities’ photographers will benefit from the global reach of Getty Images’ own and third party sales forces who will promote interactive 360° panoramic imagery from 360Cities as part of their regular offering to thousands of business customers around the world.
According to Hugh Pinney, Getty Images’ Vice-President of Editorial Content, “We see a significant opportunity to make the experience of 360° interactivity a natural part of engaging with online content in both the editorial and commercial markets. We want to enable media clients and their consumers to experience 360° content on a daily basis and to start to expect interactivity when engaging with current affairs. We see our partnership with 360Cities, the world’s largest collection of high-quality, interactive panoramas from thousands of the finest VR photographers from around the world, as a natural fit in realizing this opportunity.”

Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in almost 200 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media.

We will be providing more information to all 360Cities contributors in the coming days on how you can participate and benefit from our exciting new Distribution Partnership with Getty Images.

The 360Cities Team

Maldivian 360 Photographer based in Male, the capital of Maldives travel around the romantic scenes of Maldives finding the best places to visit Maldives.

Maldives VIrtual Tour Best Locations to explore in Maldives.Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives

Kandholhu Island - A haven of tranquility and serenity in Kandholhudhoo in the northern Maldives

Paradise Island
Imagine an island right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with bright white beaches, a lagoon awash in deep blues and aquamarines, and soaring coconut palms swaying in the breeze. This is paradise – Paradise Island Resort & Spa to be precise, an uncompromising destination of luxury and comfort. A network of paved pathways winds through the lush grounds, connecting the oceanfront accommodation , gourmet dining spots , sports facilities , and an inspiring spa – each serving to make your Maldives island resort holiday whatever you’d like it to be. Treat yourself to true tropical-inspired luxury at this alluring Maldives island hotel, where unforgettable experiences await.


Paradise Island


Maldives Island Resort Beach & Water Villas

Untouched Unhibited Island in Maldives Vilivaru


Untouched Unhibited Island in Maldives Vilivaru

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Top most beautiful Aerial photos of the Maldives Islands

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The Aerial view of the Islands of Maldives
Shangri-la Maldives the Resort
As you stroll along the resort’s edge, the vast Indian Ocean stirs a sense of awe deep within you. Like a pearl in its oyster, you’re embraced by the soothing ambience of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives.
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An island of the Island Nation
Male City Aerial view
North harbor of the Concrete jungle or the Capital city of the Maldives
The gateway to the Paradise or the gate to the Concrete jungle
The gateway to the Paradise or the gate to the Concrete jungle

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Aerial views are the best way to find the exact beauty of the Islands of Maldives. Maldives is popular as a Island country. We’ve heard about sinking nation, and more and more names but the islands are beautiful, It won’t be easy for anyone to express these beauty with words,

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World Tourism Day on “Tourism and Water”: greater efforts on water preservation needed from the Maldives.

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World Tourism Day on “Tourism and Water”: greater efforts on water preservation needed from the Maldives.

27th of September marks the United Nations´ calendar day highlighting tourism, a sector that is driving socioeconomic growth and development all over the world. On World Tourism Day 2013, dedicated to “Tourism and Water – Protecting Our Common Future” in line with the International Year of Water Cooperation, stakeholders called for greater global efforts in water preservation.

Opening the official celebrations of World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013, hosted this year by the Maldives, President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik said “Solutions to the Maldives´ water challenges are in the tourism sector. I hope that the industry will pay attention to the way the Maldives has been addressing the water challenge. The Maldives must become an example of what can be done.”

The call by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the responsibility of the tourism sector to safeguard and intelligently manage water was echoed by UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai: “As one of the world’s leading socio-economic activities, the tourism sector must take a leadership role and ensure companies and destinations invest in adequate water management throughout the value chain.”

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of the Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoo, stressed how “tourism has become a powerful force for environmental preservation and protection. For our country, the tourism sector constitutes a priority because it is an important asset for the creation of wealth and employment.”

“This is a crucial issue for PATA and its members. The growth of the tourism sector brings inevitable challenges of balancing sustainability. We are delighted to join the celebrations of World Tourism Day and support this important and timely initiative here in the Maldives” said Martin Craigs, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Tourism to lead in water preservation

As the highlight of WTD 2013, a high-level Think Tank on Tourism and Water gathered leading experts on water preservation, public and private sector tourism stakeholders and media experts to discuss key issues contributing to a more sustainable water future.

The following are the key insights of the Think Tank conclusions:

The Maldives is a paradigm of well-managed and sustainable water use in developing island States, where the availability of fresh water and the level of water consumption for tourism have become a particular concern.
With over one billion people traveling the world every year, the tourism sector can play an educational role as a water-conscious sector.
Though tourism only uses 1% of global water consumption, challenges remain for water use at destinations, since the sector often competes with other sectors for water.
There is significant room for increasing efficiency and reducing cost of water consumption in hotels (water accounts for 10% of utility bills in many hotels, most of which pay for the water they consume twice, first in buying fresh water and by disposing of it as wastewater).
Investing in green technology is economically beneficial, with profits from water sanitation and wastewater treatment having a return on investment (ROI) of one to three years.
Given tourism´s size and reach, the sector is well-positioned to make a real contribution to preserving the world´s precious water resources.
World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually on 27 September.

Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

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