Plaques of souvenir stamps released in Benelux countries to commemorate the 50th anniversary of tourism in the Maldives were presented to the tourism minister on Sunday (26 December).

Currently in use in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemborg and international postal services, the stamp set with the golden jubilee logo was an initiative of the Benelux Maldives Society in collaboration with the Maldives tourism ministry and embassy in Belgium.

Benelux Maldives Friendship Society President and Flanders Honorary Consul Gerard Huiting presented three commemorative plaques to Tourism Minister Dr Abdulla Mausoom.

Upon the release of the Belgium stamp set on 5 July, Maldives Ambassador to Belgium Hassan Sobir used the stamp to post a letter to Dr Mausoom. The Maldives Post Limited is also planning to release a golden jubilee souvenir and stamp set in February 2022.

Last week, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih instructed all government offices to use the “Golden Year of Tourism 2022” logo in all official correspondence from 1 January 2022 onward.

Designed by local artists Abdulla Nashaath and Mohamed Azlif to reflect the country’s heritage, culture, and environment, the logo was unveiled in March.

Tourism began in the Maldives with the opening of Kurumba Village as the country’s first resort in 1972.