Tuesday 16th Apr 2024
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Maldives and Korea Strengthen Tourism Ties through MATATO-KTO Partnership

MALE', MALDIVES – A significant stride forward in the Maldives-Korea bilateral tourism relations was taken today as the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) announced a pivotal partnership with the Korean Tourism Organisation (KTO) in an immersive roadshow event held at the Maagiri Hotel, Male'.
The roadshow event, fostering a closer relationship between the two nations, provided a platform for KTO to be introduced to MATATO's members, stakeholders, and media, thereby opening up new opportunities for both destinations.
This partnership comes in the wake of productive discussions held earlier in March this year between MATATO and KTO, marking the dedication of both organisations to nurture closer ties and enhance tourism experiences for travelers from both countries.
The Maldives and Korea have a well-established relationship, with Korean tourists, especially honeymooners, expressing a profound love for the Maldives' pristine beauty over the years. On the other hand, there is a burgeoning interest among Maldivians in Korean culture, particularly its cuisine, music, and popular dramas.
This landmark event gave MATATO members and industry stakeholders a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into Korea as a tourist destination. The attendees were offered engaging presentations by KTO and a speech by Regional Director, Mr. Myong Kil Yun, which shed light on the unique experiences and attractions awaiting Maldivian travelers in Korea.
Abdulla Ghiyas, President of MATATO, expressed his excitement about the event, stating, "The collaboration between MATATO and KTO holds immense potential for forging stronger ties and creating mutually beneficial opportunities. We anticipate that this event will pave the way for more Maldivians to explore Korea and for Korean visitors to discover the enchanting beauty of the Maldives."
The MATATO-KTO roadshow event promises to be an immersive experience, offering attendees the chance to network with key industry professionals, share insights, and explore potential avenues for collaboration. This event represents a significant milestone in strengthening tourism ties between the Maldives and Korea, fostering cultural exchange and facilitating the growth of the travel and hospitality industries in both countries.
The initiative symbolises a remarkable step towards broadening horizons for Maldivian and Korean travelers alike, with the promise of deeper connections and enriching travel experiences for tourists from both nations.