Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) 2019 will mainly focus on bringing the top 200 tour operators from the top 30 source markets to the Maldives, organisers have announced.
The third edition of the first and largest international trade show in the Maldives will take place from April 20–22, 2019. Like previous years, components of the fair will be held at multiple venues, including resorts and capital Male.
Held from April 30 to May 5, TTM 2018 received tremendous support from industry professionals.
The second edition gathered more than 400 industry professionals from top 150 resorts, leading local and international tour operators and travel agents, media partners, and airlines as well as other key industry stakeholders. Using the handy Connect software, exhibitors conducted over 4,000 pre-scheduled meetings with the most influential decision-makers in the industry for three days.
TTM 2018 kicked off with a summit dedicated to tackling the most pressing issues in the world-renowned holiday destination. Over 150 industry professionals attended the summit, which served as a solution-oriented platform to think ahead and explore the future of tourism and hospitality industry of the Maldives.
The inaugural Maldives Supplier Expo was held during TTM 2018, with the participation of 23 local and international suppliers. More than 70 officials from purchasing, procurement, accounts, finance, F&B and engineering departments of leading hotels and resorts in the Maldives attended the expo and conducted pre-scheduled meetings with the suppliers.
While the pre-scheduled meetings took place from May 1-3 at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in Male, all participants of TTM 2018, including local and international exhibitors and visitors as well as partners, attended the TTM Gala Night hosted by Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort. The gala night featured an elegant multi-cultural banquet, live music and the chance to network with industry stakeholders.
TTM, which was launched last year by local PR firm Maldives Getaways, aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of two million tourists per year with over USD 3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020.