The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has announced the international speakers and sideline regions for the Visit Maldives Storytellers’ Conference 2023.
Held from 30 May to 2 June, the conference will bring together over 70 travel writers, journalists, bloggers, influencers, and media experts from around the world to showcase the beauty and hospitality of the Maldives. The event will also feature unique sideline experiences in eight different regions of the Maldives, each offering its own distinctive features and activities.
The line-up of influential speakers include Doug Lansky, a renowned travel writer and tourism thought leader. He will moderate the conference, deliver a speech and contribute to the Sustainability Talks as well.
Jessica Nabongo, writer, photographer, travel expert, entrepreneur, and public speaker will share her experiences and stories. She will also appear on the Sustainability Talks.
Vikas Swarup, a distinguished novelist and former diplomat, will speak based on his novel ‘Q and A’, the inspiration for the multiple Oscar-winning film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
CNN correspondent Eleni Giokos will share her inspiring travel stories and moderate the Sustainability Talks panel.
The sideline regions will offer participants the opportunity to explore remarkable destinations for three days and two nights; Raa Atoll, Laamu Atoll, Ari Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu Atolls, Kaafu Atoll, Addu Atoll, and Fuvahmulah.
“The Visit Maldives Storytellers’ Conference 2023 is set to be an exceptional event. The conference highlights the transformative power of storytelling in the tourism industry, while promoting responsible travel and sustainability,” the MMPRC said.
“Visit Maldives continues to prioritise the preservation of the Maldives’ cultural and natural heritage. One of the aims of the conference is to position the country beyond the traditional sun, sand, and sea while increasing awareness of our MICE and sustainable tourism segments among influencers, bloggers, and travel writers.”
Supporting companies for the conference include Crossroads Maldives as the host property, Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) as the seaplane partner, Maldivian as the domestic airline partner, Jalboot Maldives as the sea transport travel partner, Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun Public Limited (Dhiraagu) as the technology and communication partner, Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company Limited (MIFCO) as the sustainable fisheries partner, and Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) as supporting partner.