During the travel + leisure award ceremony held yesterday at Dante seaport, New York City - the Maldives was given an award for the “Best Island in Asia”. The award was received by the Ambassador to the United States of America; Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Her Excellency Thilmeeza Hussein.
Travel+ leisure global vision award ceremony is hosted in order to recognise and honour companies, individuals, destinations, and organizations that are working to develop more sustainable and responsible travel products, practices, and experiences; making this a big win for the Maldives.
While many tourist destinations have been trying to find ways to market the tourism industry in a different light post-pandemic, the Maldives has been one of the destinations that has been making notable progress. While the Maldives has been getting a high number of visitors right after the country was clear from the threats of COVID-19 as the country has welcomed a total of 896, 816 tourists as of 20 July this year, the tourism industry has been working extra hard on tapping into new markets.
As the island destination has been working extra hard to gain access to more markets, including tapping into South East Asian markets, winning this kind of award gives the Maldives a lot of international recognition. This award is an addition to the four other awards that Maldives has won including Most Preferred Tourist Destination 2021 and Best Marketing Initiative of the year for the “Redefining MICE” campaign at Global MICE Congress & Awards 2022, Best Stand Design and Decoration at OTM, Mumbai and Best Stand Feature at WTM Africa 2022.
Speaking of this incredible victory Thoyyib Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC / Visit Maldives), stated that these victories should be celebrated by the entire country.
“Every award we win is an achievement for the whole nation, it is the result of the hard work, dedication and the commitment of the government، state agencies, tourism sector stakeholders, local and international partners, and tourism sector stakeholders. The work to promote the destination and to welcome many visitors to the country needs continuous and collective effort. We will always face challenges, and as a destination, we will continue to find ways to stay ahead of our competition, ensuring all the while that we offer the best of the best to everyone who visits the Maldives”
In addition to the Maldives winning several awards as a destination this year, many individual resorts, hotels, and other tourist properties have also won several awards.