Qatar Airways, Visit Maldives forge strategic partnership

Doha-based carrier bumps up lift to Maldives to four times daily

A strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and Visit Maldives has been struck to further grow international tourism to the tropical destination. The agreement brings together an airline and destination that have been leaders throughout the pandemic in providing safe, reliable and luxurious travel experiences despite challenges.

The agreement will see the two organisations collaborate on marketing activities in several markets around the world to further grow international visitor numbers to the Maldives, maximising the opportunities provided by Qatar Airways’ extensive global network of over 140 destinations.

Less than a year after being the first international airline to resume services to the Maldives in July 2020 with daily flights, Qatar Airways expanded operations to four daily on 1 July 2021. Qatar Airways operates a mix of the airline’s state-of-the-art Airbus A320 and Boeing 777 aircraft on the route.

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Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “This partnership with Visit Maldives is a natural next step in achieving both of our organisations’ long term objectives for this route and we look forward to working closely with Visit Maldives to help further grow international tourism to the Maldives.”

Managing Director of Visit Maldives, Thoyyib Mohamed said, “This increase is an indication of Qatar Airways’ continued trust and support in the future of Maldivian tourism. Qatar Airways have always supported us at Visit Maldives, the tourism marketing body of Maldives, with our global marketing campaigns. We appreciate the immense support given by Qatar Airways during this challenging period in history.

“The increase in flight frequency from Qatar Airways gives confidence to travellers across the world that Maldives is one of the safest destinations to travel to during this time.”

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“With regular joint webinars conducted for key markets, launching of special packages such as ‘safe travel bubble package’ last year, and with an exciting joint campaign targeting 14 markets in the pipeline, Qatar Airways is instrumental in the marketing campaigns undertaken by Visit Maldives to promote Maldives as a safe haven. We are extremely excited about this decision by Qatar Airways, and we look forward to seeing the success of this new development.”

“Thank you Qatar Airways for being an important partner of the Tourism Success Story of Maldives,” added Maldives Minister of Tourism, Abdulla Mausoom. “Since reopening the borders for international travellers on 15th July 2020, the Maldives has been hailed a major tourism success story amidst the pandemic. With an arrival figure of almost one million travellers, the Maldivian tourism industry is on the path to achieving pre-pandemic arrival figures.”

Passengers can book flights with peace of mind, knowing that Qatar Airways offers unlimited date changes and fee-free refunds for all tickets issued before 31 August 2021, for travel completed by 31 May 2022.

Lead image: Photo by Hassan Nizam on Unsplash 

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