Maldives eyes CNN, NGC spot to boost tourism promotion

Maldives has opened negotiations with renowned US based news network CNN and nature network National Geographical Channel (NGC) in a bid to boost its global tourism promotion, tourism minister Ali Waheed revealed Thursday.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, the minister stressed on the importance of expanding exposure of the country's tourism throughout the globe adding that the two networks could boost such efforts.

"The purpose of this is to boost Maldives' tourism promotion and see what we can achieve through such collaboration," Ali Waheed explained.

The luxury island destination had welcomed 1.4 million holidaymakers to the country last year which was 6.8 percent increase from last year.

The new government led by Ali Waheed has already set sights on breaking the tourist arrival record this year setting MVR100 million tourism promotion budget.