Tourist activities in the Maldives – January edition
Every year, Maldivian tourism promoters, industry affiliates and other key stakeholders organize and execute several tourism industry related activities that aim to build the popularity of tourism branding in the Maldives. , to create a stronger buzz on international news platforms and to maintain the momentum of the destination.
Every year, the Maldivian tourism industry is bustling with several such activities that stimulate or expand the economic sector individually or holistically. Similar activities were also carried out during this year.
Welcoming the first tourist of 2022
The island nation might be one of the few tourist-intensive destinations that, in fact, celebrates the arrival of the first tourist of every year. So the Maldives welcomed the first visitor of the year 2022 with a special celebration at the island nation’s main airport; Velana International Airport (VIA).
The first tourist arrival of the year was a British national, Mrs. Georgina Canning who, together with her partner, was welcomed to VIA by officials from the Ministry of Tourism and senior officials from the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) as well as senior members of Maldives Immigration and Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL).
Ms Canning had received a 5 night stay with full board for two at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo.
Associations affiliated with tourism meet the Minister of Tourism
It was reported that on January 3, 2022, members of the National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM) together with their newly elected President, Mr. Ismail Hameed, met with the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, for discussions.
Discussions focused on opportunities in the tourism industry as well as challenges facing the cruise and safari ship sector.
On the same day, members of the Huvadhoo Tourism Board Association and Gaaf Dhaal Vaadhoo Board members met with Dr. Mausoom to discuss community initiatives for sustainable tourism development on the island.
On January 4, 2022, members of Vilingili Council of Gaaf Alif Atoll and Member of Parliament for the constituency, Mr. Saud Hussain, met with Dr. Mausoom to discuss opportunities related to tourism development on the island.
Refresher course in Laamu Atoll
The Ministry of Tourism and UNDP have partnered with the Polytechnic of the Maldives through the Reimagining Tourism project to announce two Level 3 certificate courses in Laamu Atoll. Courses include the CIII in Bed and Breakfast Management and the CIII in Small Business Management.
The courses aimed to encourage the development of local tourism businesses at an individual and holistic capacity; primarily for homestays, bed and breakfasts and other tourism-affiliated businesses with the aim of increasing tourism benefits to communities and boosting the local economy.
Booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for employees in the tourism sector
The Ministry of Tourism launched the Covid-19 booster vaccination program for frontline workers in the tourism sector in January in association with the Maldives Health Protection Agency (HPA).
In late January, a total of 3,026 frontline tourism workers were certified to have received the recall. Meanwhile, as part of the ‘I am vaccinated’ campaign launched in 2021, 98% of frontline tourism workers had received two of the first doses of the vaccine by the third week of January this year.
At the same time, since January 14, the ministry has been organizing daily reminders for representatives of airports in the Maldives.