The Maldives Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) and representatives from tourism related companies in Maldives participated in TTG Trade Fair 2007. TTG Incontri which is held in Rimini from 12 to 14 October is one of the annual key travel trade fair in Italy.
TTG 2007 attracted 31,807 visitors, which is an increase of 7% compare to TTG 2006. One thousand executives representing 2300 companies including 550 international companies took part in the fair. Eight tourism related companies from the Maldives participated in the fair together with MTPB.
Interviews were given to the main Italian travel trade magazines, which include: L'Agenzia di Viaggi, Guida Viaggi, TTG, Travel Quotidiano, Il Giornale del Turismo. During the fair general information on Maldives and specific product information by the respective co – exhibitors were disseminated.
During the fair the Director General of ASTOI (Associazione Tour Operator Italiani) Mr. Alberto Corti visited the Maldives stand. He assured the support of ASTOI in promoting Maldives. Dr. Abdulla Mausoom briefed Mr. Alberto on the tourism developments in Maldives.
Italy is the leading generating market for Maldives. During the first eight month of 2007 Maldives welcomed 84,381 Italian visitors. This represents 18% of the total arrivals to Maldives. A total of 118,929 visitors from Italy visited Maldives last year.