Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) advocates for positive relations with India

In view of some of the recent negative exchanges on Maldivian social media with regard to India, the
Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) emphasizes the significance of
fostering positive ties with all countries including our South Asian neighbors . MATATO believes that
collaborative efforts and open communication are essential towards ensuring friendly relations, trade
and cultural exchanges, and people to people contact between our Maldives and its neighbors remain
strong and unhindered.

It is crucial to dispel any misconceptions with regard to the matter and MATATO highlights that efforts to
develop and foster Lakshwadeep island’s tourism sector has no discernible negative effect on the
Maldives’ tourism industry. In such development would prove complementary to Maldivian tourism,
creating opportunities for both regions. The synergies between the two destinations can enhance the
overall appeal for travelers and encourage more cruise liners to explore this vibrant and culturally rich

MATATO underscores the importance of refraining from hateful comments and calls on all parties to
promote messages of unity and cooperation. The association encourages all stakeholders to work
towards building bridges rather than walls, fostering an environment where mutual respect and
understanding thrive.

In the spirit of collaboration, MATATO acknowledges the strategic alliances it shares with numerous
Indian travel associations. These relationships are not merely professional, but a testament to the
enduring friendship and partnership between the two nations. MATATO believes in the power of
dialogue and mutual support, leveraging these connections to strengthen the ties that bind our tourism

The Indian market plays a pivotal role in the success of the Maldivian tourism sector, supporting guest
houses and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that depend on the influx of Indian visitors.
MATATO urges all stakeholders to recognize the interconnectedness of our economies and the shared
benefits that come from a harmonious relationship between the Maldives and India.

As an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism and fostering positive relationships,
MATATO remains committed to working towards a future where collaboration, respect, and unity prevail
in the South Asian region.


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