At the TTM Travel Summit 2021, two speakers from the dnata Travel Group, Ms. Julia Kaminski and Ms. Carolina Svensson discussed the booking trends and future opportunities present in the Maldives.
According to them, the Maldives tourism industry recovered faster than the rest of the world. Whilst some of the established source markets might have been restricted to travel, other source markets have filled the gaps, such as the Middle East and Eastern Europe markets.
“All-inclusive remains the predominantly booked board basis in the Maldives for dnata Travel Group brands,” they revealed. “A strong all-inclusive proposition is key to attract early demand, as 89% of AI bookings are made more than 14 weeks in advance.” The speakers also emphasized the importance of simplifying offers, yet keeping them targeted.
Additionally, the speakers talked about the rise in demand for overwater villas for families. “The safety of our guests is our responsibility, and an incident would be very detrimental to the PR of the resort,” they said. As such, dnata has set out guidelines and conducted self-assessment audits in order to safely capture the demand of families wanting to stay at overwater villas.
TTM Travel Summit 2021 was held on Sunday as the opening event of the ongoing TTM Maldives 2021, the largest and leading travel fair in the Maldives.