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.
President Mohamed Nasheed departed on an official visit to France this morning.
President Nasheed will hold talks with French Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé.
According to the President’s Office, discussions will focus on bilateral French aid and official assistance programmes to the Maldives.
President Nasheed will also meet senior management of Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a French international development agency, to discuss development and financial assistance in terms of access to water and sanitation.
Meanwhile the President has also invited to the fourth annual Democracy Forum to be held in Bali, Indonesia in December.
The letter of invitation was presented to Special Envoy of the President Ibrahim Hussain Zaki by the Special Envoy of Indonesia Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir at a meeting that took place at the President’s Office.