The celebrated guest is Khalid Kareem of Saudi Arabia who visited Maldives with his family to celebrate the New Year and the couple’s wedding anniversary at Bandos Island Resort. The visitors were positively thrilled to find out that they were the first visitors.
“We feel extremely honoured. This is the second time we are visiting the Maldives. First was in 2014. And the most amazing experience (of visiting the Maldives) is the warmth of Maldivians. They are always smiling. It makes you feel so comfortable. Like you are home,” said Kareem.
Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporations (MMPRC) and Maldives Airports Company organised the celebration as a welcome tea at the VIP Lounge of Velana International Airport. The visitors were escorted to the VIP lounge by the staff of MMPRC where they were welcomed by the Ali Waheed, minister of Tourism, Maldives, Thoyyib Mohamed, managing director, MMPRC and other senior officials of MMPRC, the ministry of tourism, MACL, Maldives Immigration and MATATO.
The Saudi Arabia market has been a rapidly growing market to the Maldives over the recent months. The arrivals from Saudi Arabia show a positive growth of 16 percent from January to November, 2018 when compared to the same period in 2017. Saudi Arabia also remains the top country from the Middle East market in terms of arrivals. During this period in 2017 a total of 21,475 Saudi Arabian tourists are recorded to have arrived in Maldives. With the first visitor being a Saudi Arabian, this is a great opportunity to promote the destination in the Middle Eastern market.