Maldives looks for more direct flights in new tourism drive

Maldives on Tuesday announced a new drive to bring in more tourists to the archipelago this year with the main tourism promotion company saying that it was working to introduce more direct flights to the country.

Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) acting chief Haris Mohamed said direct flights between Maldives and Saudi Arabia will commence next month while more direct flights will begin operations to several cities in China and neighbours India.

The company is currently negotiating with travel operators to launch direct flights to more European cities, he added.

The Maldives has commenced several activities to draw more tourists from China with new flights, improved tourism infrastructure and tourism promotional programmes for the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign.

"But there are certain difficulties in doing that like limitations at the airport. But if we can resolve that we can definitely introduce direct flights to more markets," Haris said.

Maldivian, the national airline of the Maldives, has commenced weekly flights to Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian Province in China.

Haris said it would be a major boost to the efforts to bring in more Chinese tourists to the Maldives with 1,100 weekly arrivals expected.

Maldives is looking to hit the target of 1.5 million tourists this year.


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