News press releaseJanuary 12, 2017

“Ban the Bags” signs as CSR Partner for TTM 2017

“Ban the Bags” has signed as CSR Partner for the first international Travel Trade Show of Maldives (TTM). TTM will be held on 12th and 13th of July 2017 at Dharubaaruge, Male’, Maldives. The event will continue from morning until evening, promising two full days of networking and exciting business opportunities.

“Ban the Bags” is a campaign aimed at banning single-use plastic bags by 2020 to save the fragile marine and coastal environment of Maldives. In 2015, over 66 million bags worth over MVR 17 million was imported to Maldives according to Maldives Customs Service. Most of the bags are dumped in to the oceans which damages the fragile underwater marine life and the ecosystem.

Approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic debris enter the world’s oceans each year. The latest studies and research estimate that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. Every day 8 million of waste ends up in the biggest bin of modern societies: the Ocean. The amount of waste found in the oceans is so much that its build-up has created massive continents whose size represents 1/3 of Europe.

TTM aims to facilitate the tourism industry of Maldives to reach the ultimate target of 2 million tourists with over USD 3.5 billion in receipts by the end of 2020. More than 300 hoteliers, suppliers, related industries and travel industry professionals from Maldives and abroad are expected to visit TTM to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends in Maldives.