TTG Asia travel magazine has reported the opening of Maldives Tourism Promotion Board offices in Beijing and Shanghai.
Chen Xueyu, secretary-general of the Shanghai Tourism Trade Association, told TTG that the Maldives was one of the most popular tourist destinations among Shanghai’s population.
Zou Qingling of Shanghai Spring International Travel Service, said that the Maldives was the “first-choice destination for (Chinese) honeymooners”, anticipating that numbers would continue to grow at 20-30 percent per year.
The Ministry of Tourism took part in a travel roadshow in conjunction with Mega Maldives airlines which flys tourist to the Maldives from 6 Chinese destinations. The tour aimed to publicise the industry’s aims to attract a record 1 million visitors this year as well as to encourage Chinese investment in the Maldives.
Last year, the number of visitors from China surpassed those from Britain, reaching 198,000. Statistics from the ministry show that Chinese tourist arrivals are up 12.6 percent this year compared with the same point last year.