GAM to introduce ‘Culinary Tourism’ through Maldives guesthouses

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The Guesthouse Association of Maldives (GAM) is prepping to introduce ‘Culinary Tourism’ with the association of guesthouses in Maldives.

According to the association’s corporate affairs member Mr Mohamed Wafir, a team of European tour operators and the president of European University of Tourism are expected to arrive on 15 September to start the work on promoting ‘gastronomic tourism’ or ‘culinary tourism’ which will showcase and promote the distinct cuisines available from the local islands.

“Our aim is to promote these specific dishes and cuisines, available exclusively from these islands, in Italy and to improve the number of tourist arrivals to local guesthouses from the country. This will further give a better understanding to these travelers where such culinary delicacies will be available,” Wafir said.

According to Mr Wafir the delegation of tour operators flying in will be traveling to the islands of Alif Alif atoll Rasdhoo and Ukulhas and Baa atoll Fehendhoo, where local tourism is booming.

Mr Wafir further noted of future plans to bring tour operators from other foreign destinations to provide them with hands-on experience about the local cuisine.

Furthermore, it has been revealed that the Guesthouse Association of Maldives will be collaborating with popular online booking site Agoda to initiate special workshops aimed at local guesthouses.

GAM’s corporate affairs member detailed that the training program will be held at the satellite town of Hulhumale’ initially but the association confirms future training programs expanding to other atolls of the country.

The latest statistics from Maldives Ministry of Tourism confirms a total of 546 guesthouses are currently operating which have a combined bed capacity of 8,989.

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