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39175 28 Mar 2021

Wego and 'Visit Maldives' Partnership to Promote Tourism Recovery from the Middle East

The Maldives is amongst the first few destinations in the world that opened to tourists. The country recorded the highest number of arrivals during the recovery period in February with 96,881 arrivals.

Dubai, UAE: 28 March 2021: Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), entered a partnership with 'Visit Maldives' to drive more Middle East travel to the Maldives.

After temporarily closing the borders to curb the spread of COVID-19, Maldives reopened borders for all international travelers on 15th July 2020. Tourists are not required to quarantine upon arrival; however, they need to submit an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to departure and are requested to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 96 hours prior to departure.

During the month of February, the ministry of tourism in Maldives observed record-breaking numbers with96,881 Arrivals which shows that the country is on the way to tourism recovery.

The country has been handling the outbreak very well and received the "Safe Travels Stamp" by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in recognition of its efforts to implement enhanced health and safety measures. It also commenced the vaccination drive across the country on 1st February.

This partnership will focus on promoting the Maldives as one of the most preferred destinations within the market through content led campaigns across the digital and social media platforms as well as virtual activities that are in the pipeline, aiming to maintain the destination presence.

Thoyyib Mohamed, Managing Director, Visit Maldives, said: "With the Middle Eastern market showing great promise and arrival numbers post the lock-down period, launching a joint marketing campaign with Wego one of the most prominent andwell-known establishments within the region is sure to generate conversion numbers that can show an even stronger shift from the GCC region towards our island-nation. This campaign would also ensure that the Maldives is promoted not just as a romantic destination, but a holiday getaway for families single travellers as well. We are definitely delighted to commence this collaboration and hope that our efforts in marketing Maldives will be successful."

Travelers can enjoy a seamless travel experience in the naturally distanced nature of the islands and the stringent safety measures the country is applying to ensure the safety for all travelers. Visit Maldives continues to work hand in hand with Maldives Immigration and the Ministry of tourism to ensure travelers have a safe and interrupted experience from arrival to departure.

Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director, MENA and India, Wego, commented: "Maldives is gaining great recognition in its efforts to make the island a safe destination for travelers. It is a very versatile destination and takes you to the sunny side of life which is much needed during the pandemic. We look forward to forge a long-lasting partnership with Visit Maldives, offering the best travel experience to our users."

Comprising a total of 1,196 islands, the country offers, the worlds most romantic island destination, offers exquisite activities and packages including island hopping and visiting local villages to surfing, dolphin spotting, scuba diving, snorkeling among a wide array of water and adventure activities at its mesmerizing beaches and overwater villas that are magically hued turquoise blue sea which just buzzes with an abundance of sea life.


About Wego

Wego provides award-winning travel search websites and top-ranked mobile apps for travelers living in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions. Wego harnesses powerful yet simple to use technology that automates the process of searching and comparing results from hundreds of airline, hotel and online travel agency websites.

Wego presents an unbiased comparison of all travel products and prices offered in the marketplace by merchants, both local and global, and enables shoppers to quickly find the best deal and place to book whether it is from an airline or hotel directly or with a third-party aggregator website.

Wego was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Dubai and Singapore with regional operations in Bangalore، Jakarta and Cairo.