Tourism industry will benefit from France visit: Sun Travel Shiyam

Independent MP Ahmed ‘Sun Travel’ Shiyam, chairman of the Sun Travel Group, has said the tourism industry will benefit from President Mohamed Nasheed’s official visit to France last week, reports Miadhu.

The MP for Meedhoo told the newspaper that tourist arrivals from France will increase by 20 or 30 percent as a result of discussions that took place with French travel and tour operators. Shiyam was part of the Maldivian delegation.

The delegation also discussed the importance of establishing a promotional unit in France to advertise the Maldives as a tourist destination.

Shiyam, a former deputy leader of the opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) prior to the 2008 presidential election, has been voting with the ruling party on the government’s economic reform bills.