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International Maldives Travel Market 2021 Commences Virtual Fair on IMTMAir

International Maldives Travel Market (IMTM) 2021 Commences Virtual Fair on IMTMAir
The IMTM fair will be held from 26th to 28th October 2021. The three-day event was inaugurated by the Minister of Tourism on IMTMAir.

The International Maldives Travel Market (IMTM) 2021 Virtual Fair commences with its opening ceremony on the virtual platform, IMTMair. The fourth edition of the IMTM fair will be held from 26th to 28th October 2021. The three-day event was inaugurated by the Minister of Tourism, Dr Abdulla Mausoom, on a virtual ceremony held on the IMTMAir platform.

We anticipate the year 2022 to be truly a golden year, the year of 50th anniversary of Maldives tourism. The global competition is intense, and we have to make sure that Maldives stays ahead of the competition. We won the World’s leading destination award in 2020. Winning the award is the easy part, maintaining is tougher. We have to ensure that our competitive advantage is further enhanced. The networking created through this exhibition is very important for us to compete in the global tourism arena.

Dr Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism

The Minister also highlighted the development of a new diversified component, where tourism is taken to its people creating a unique cultural experience for the tourists.

IMTMAir is an in house virtual platform structured with features that allow easy navigation, fluidity and transparency in maintaining business relationships between parties over the coming years. This platform allows participants to remain connected with businesses providing continuous communication and relationship management.

The last year has reminded us that COVID- 19 is not a short-term crisis to quickly fade away, but an era we must adapt to and evolve around. This is what we aim to do by adapting and shifting to digital means through IMTMAir. This experience is the very beginning of building a community where our international buyers can connect and communicate freely with the local operators of the Maldives. These connections will build into long-term business relationships, providing equal opportunities and choice to all our participants with whom they wish to conduct business. As many businesses shift to online methods to adapt to current situations, IMTMAir wishes to be that online platform that powers all your needs in communication for the tourism industry with the Maldives. Therefore, this platform will provide our participants with a cost-effective experience, prioritizing the satisfaction of our users with full flexibility.

Shiuna Khalid, Managing Director of IMTM

In addition, many inspiring and grateful words were shared from speakers of the ceremony to all the attendees of IMTM 2021, such as special invitees, partners, and participants, for all their contributions to the event and to utilize the virtual platform for a constructive and valuable experience.

Attendees of the opening ceremony included the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in the Maldives, Rear Admiral Nazmul Hassan; Managing Director of the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, Thoyyib Mohamed; and the founder of Capital Travel and Tours, Yoosuf Riffath.

In my understanding, initiative taken by the government organizations are as important as the private entrepreneurs, and towards that direction the initiative taken by the IMTM 2021 to arrange this virtual event of business to business meet for the stakeholders in the tourism industry from different parts of the world are very significant. For any country’s development in any industry, the private sector plays the leading role; the initiative, courage and the innovation that the private sector bring to the table are invaluable. In my understanding IMTM is such an example of private constant.

Rear Admiral Nazmul Hassan, Hgh Commissioner of Bangladesh in the Maldives

The ceremony highlighted the contributions made by the event on the steady recovery in tourism in the Maldives, by providing not only luxury resorts and hotels, but other local accommodation providers the opportunity to increase competitiveness in the market. Higher growth in such businesses such as liveaboards and guest houses will provide more variety in choice, budget and experiences for tourists vacationing in the Maldives. IMTM aims to aid the government’s objective to boost the local community through the success in Maldives’ tourism, through rural tourism development, a worldwide movement of 2021.

Travel fairs such as IMTM, provide a glimse of what we are capable of and what the future can look like for us. The question that arises is can the Maldives really do it? It is the same question that many had when the Maldives first embarked its journey into the tourism industry. It is the same question that arose when we first opened the guesthouses for local tourism. In each step we were incredibly successful. I have no doubt that with our determination we can archive success in MICE as well. I want to offer our support for IMTM‘s mission to come together on a common platform to overcome the challenges and explore solutions for the better and sustainable growth of the tourism sector in Maldives. We welcome such effort wholeheartedly.

Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director of the MMPRC

IMTM is a national developer, facilitator, contributor, and planner to the development of MICE tourism, and they believe that by coming together during these trying times, the doors will open to new opportunities and growth. Similar to last year, IMTM 2021’s main objective is to equip stakeholders with a tool to Reconnect, Revive, and Grow through mutuality. Most importantly, industry stakeholders play a pivotal role to sustain the efforts from the private sector. Especially at a time when the community is looking for direction and initiatives such as theirs, with collaborating partners and support by the government. IMTM’s initiatives over the last three years have made a difference to promote the government efforts. The organization acts as a medium to channel positive progressive news to the local island communities.

International Maldives Travel Market (IMTM) 2021, is a B2B travel and trade fair that brings together international buyers (Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Destination Management Companies, and PR Companies) from around the world to liaise with the local accommodation providers (Resorts, Hotels, Guesthouses, Liveaboards, Dive Centers, Local Tour Operators, and Travel Agents) of the Maldives.

Feature image by IMTM

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Explore a Multitude of Football Camps at Siyam World This Year!

As part of its ongoing line-up of five-star experiences, Siyam World Maldives kicked off a series of unforgettable spring football camps. The resort will be featuring star players Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.

Siyam World Maldives encouraged guests to let their football skills blossom over a series of football camps. These camps will utilise the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex and FIFA-sized soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. Participants enjoyed world-class coaching and immersive experiences designed to enhance their football techniques and passion for the sport.

Spanish Goal-keeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo

The action-packed schedule began with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo. He graced the sandy shores from the 19th to the 23rd of March. Adrian is a key player for Liverpool FC and the Andalusia National team. During his time at the resort, he helped younger guests understand how to deal with pressure and develop key life skills. This also included developing a performance mindset.

Football Camp Experiences with Wayne Bridge

Next on the roster was Wayne Bridge who came to Siyam World from from 22nd to 31st March. He is a renowned English left-back, who returned to Siyam World for a second time already. With his infectious energy and wealth of experience from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, Wayne inspired guests to “tackle” challenges head-on and score big on and off the field.

Francesco Totti Lights up Siyam World Football Camp

Following Wayne’s lead was the legendary Francesco Totti, lighting up Siyam World for a second time as well. He visited from 28th March to 4th April. Totti is known for his flair and loyalty to AS Roma. He brought a touch of Italian passion to the Maldives, teaching participants the art of precision and creativity in football. 

Once described by Maradona as “the best player he has ever seen”, the gifted World Cup winner and legendarily loyal one-club player (AS Roma) will be on hand to help holidaymakers hone their football skills and play to their full potential.

Michael Owen Graces the Shores of Siyam World

Closing out the star-studded lineup was Michael Owen. He is the youngest-ever Ballon d’Or winner, who graced Siyam World from the 1st to the 5th of April. Michael Owen is joining as part of the recently announced partnership with Football Escapes. Michael’s lightning-fast moves and goal-scoring prowess electrified the pitch, inspiring a new generation of football stars. Throughout the action-packed week, participants savoured daily football sessions led by Owen, a team of UEFA-licensed coaches, and internet sensation Eman – popularly known as SV2 from his viral YouTube skills videos.

Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 15 seized the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game, from tactics to technical skills. To add to the holiday experience, families enjoyed a memorable parents’ match, providing moms and dads with a chance to showcase their skills on the pitch.

Collaboration with Football Escapes – Rip Ferdinand

Later this year, and in collaboration with Football Escapes, Rio Ferdinand will also be hosting a football camp from 28 October to 1 November. He is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. Ferdinand is famous for being one of the world’s best defenders. He will be bringing the skills he learned whilst playing for West Ham, Manchester United and Leeds United plus the England national team. 

At Siyam World, we are undoubtedly a paradise for sports enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities for both water and land sports. My passion for football, which began in childhood collection jerseys of football legends, is embodied in our FIFTA- regulation football field. We host many football aficionados, including owners of prized jerseys and past champions who still share a deep love for the game. Siyam World is where sportsmanship thrives, providing an unparalleled destination for active trave;ers, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

The incredible resort has had the pleasure of hosting several other esteemed football legends. Italian champion Nicola Ventola graced the resort in January. Additionally, Bobo Vieri and Marco Materazzi also showcased their skills on the pitch. Joining them were players like Juan Sebastián Verón, Esteban Cambiasso, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Carlos Puyol, and Jay Jay Okocha.

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