Discussions held with Alibaba’s travel platform to promote Maldives’ tourism

Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal visits Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou, China on May 29, 2024. (Photo/Minister Faisal via X)

Discussions have been held with one of the largest e-commerce platforms in the world, China’s Alibaba’s travel platform, Fliggy, to promote Maldives’ tourism industry.

Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal, in a post on X on Wednesday, said he had a productive visit to Alibaba Group’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

He revealed a potential collaboration with Fliggy, Alibaba’s travel platform to promote Maldives’ tourism industry, expressing eagerness to leverage advanced tech and innovative strategies to showcase the Maldives to the world.

China is presently the largest tourist market to the Maldives.

Statistics publicized by the Tourism Ministry on Tuesday show that Maldives recorded a total of 98,908 tourist arrivals from China as of Monday. The Maldivian government is undertaking further efforts to increase arrivals from China.

As part of these efforts, Maldives Marketing and Public Relation Corporation (MMPRC) has signed an agreement with China’s Weixin Pay (WeChat Pay) to support more Maldivian merchants to accept Weixin Pay to provide Chinese tourists with a convenient payment experience.