Maldives sets sights on Malaysia


With the number of Malaysian tourists visiting the Maldives growing each year the country’s tourism body is working to lure 10,000 Malaysian visitors annually by 2014.

The Island also expects to boost the country’s economy by generating US$250million in tourism revenue in the next couple of years, the Sun Daily reported.

Maldives Tourism, arts and culture deputy minister Mohamed Maleeh Jamal said 6,555 Malaysians travelled to the Island on holiday last year and 1,700 Malaysian visitors in the first four months of 2012.

“The resort Island, which only takes a four hour flight from here, offers affordable holiday prices from US$1,500 ranging from budget to luxury,” Mr Mohamed Maleeh said.

Mr Mohamed Maleeh said the Maldives welcomed 400,000 tourist arrivals a year, 24 percent of whom were Chinese.

“The number of Chinese tourists, including Malaysian Chinese, to the Maldives is expected to set a new high in 2012. We see them as an important market,” He added.

Highlighting the importance of tourism to the region, Mr Mohamed Maleeh said around 40 percent of the government’s budget was financed through tourism which also contributed to the regions foreign exchange earnings.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
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