Managing Director of Visit Maldives, Thoyyib Mohamed, took part in the final ConnecTALKS of Connections virtual event hosted by Dr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of PATA. Thoyyib Mohamed was joined by Mr Dorji Dhradhul, Director General of Tourism Council of Bhutan, and Mr Jean-Marc Mocellin, Chief Executive Officer of Tahiti Tourisme. The session addressed the current initiatives, challenges and predictions of these prestigious tourism board leaders.
During the hour-long session, Thoyyib Mohamed provided a brief overview of the Maldives, highlighting the geographical features and extraordinary features such as the white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, and the coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life. In addition, the one-island-one-resort concept was briefly discussed, emphasizing on the safety and security provided by the naturally distanced islands in a time when physical distancing is required. The four tourism products; resorts, guesthouses, liveaboards and hotels, were also discussed in the conversation.
Furthermore, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Maldives and the tourism industry, the marketing strategies initiated by Visit Maldives, and the the rigorous vaccination programme currently being untaken in the Maldives were also discussed
One of the main points discussed during the session was the Maldives’ mid to long term strategy of catering to a diverse range of travelers and preferences…