NewsMay 19, 2020

Speaker of Parliament and Tourism Minister to Participate in Commonwealth Tourism Webinar

Maldives’ former President and current Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed and Tourism Minister Ali Waheed will participate in Commonwealth webinar on tourism.

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council’s tourism webinar will be held today (Tuesday, May 19, 2020) at 5:20 PM – 7:00 PM Maldives time. They will speak on the topic: Commonwealth Tourism During COVID-19 Lockdown: Immediate Responses and Future Opportunities.


In this session, the speakers will examine the future strategies available to the tourism and travel industry, including possible substitutes such as domestic travel for larger markets and the leveraging of the Commonwealth network for international coordination in support of the revival of the industry and future growth.

The webinar will be held in 2 panels as follows:

1. The impact of COVID‐19 on tourism in Small Island States

The Hon Julia Farrugia, Minister for Tourism, Malta
His Excellency Mohammed Nasheed, Speaker, Maldives
Mr David Dingle, Chairperson, Carnival Cruises
Mr Butch Stewart, Chairman, Sandals Resorts
Mr George Campanellas, Chief Executive, Invest Cyprus

2. The tourism industry’s response to COVID‐19

Hon Ali Waheed, Minister for Tourism, Maldives
Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Lalit Group
Mr Sanath Ukwatte, President, The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka
Mr Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks
Ms Anna Pritchard, Regional General Manager, UKEMEIA, Qantas Airways

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