Male, July 3 (Xinhua): The Maldives is aiming at attracting one million Chinese tourists per year in the next five years says the country’s Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer.
Speaking at a forum on China-Maldives Tourism Cooperation on Tuesday, Zameer said: “The forum is an important step in efforts to increase the number of Chinese tourists, as well as to enhance the relationship between the two countries under the Belt and Road Initiative. We aim to attract at least one million Chinese tourists per year in the coming five years. China is already the single largest source of tourists arriving in the Maldives.”
“In addition, under the Belt and Road Initiative, Maldives now anticipate more Chinese investors coming to the country,” he added.
Du Jiang from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism said more and more Chinese tourists are seeing the Maldives as the first choice for vacations, family trips and honeymoons
The Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives Zhang Lizhong said the forum is the first event co-organized by the tourism ministries of China and Maldives.
“It is an important measure to implement the consensus of the two countries and deepen cooperation in various fields including tourism,” he said.
During the forum, a Memorandum of Understanding between China Association of Travel Service and Maldives Association of Tourism Industry was signed
“China-Maldives mutual beneficial cooperation has brought concrete benefits to the Maldivian people, and is completely in the common (interest of the people of the two countries,” Ambassador Zhang said.
He declared that that the Chinese side is willing to deepen industrial cooperation with the Maldives in the spirit of mutual benefit, openness and inclusiveness, and provide policy, information and legal support to Chinese companies to make investments in the tourism sector in the Maldives and operate tourism businesses in the country.
The forum was attended by government officials and leading travel operators from both Maldives and China. It was co-organized by the Maldives Tourism Ministry, China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Chinese Embassy in Maldives.
(Photo Credit for the featured image showing a session of the Forum on China-Maldives Tourism Cooperation: Tang Lu)