The Ministry of Tourism, on Tuesday, declared that 133 resorts and 17 guesthouses or hotels are currently being developed across Maldives.
While resort development is occurring in each atoll, 54 of these projects have been halted. The individual atoll with the highest number of new projects is Kaafu Atoll, where the capital, Male’ is located. Raa Atoll has the second highest followed by Ghaafu Alifu Atoll.
Although information regarding ongoing resort development was previously updated on a regular basis, the tourism ministry stopped publicizing this information in 2015.
Assistant Director of the Ministry of Tourism Ahmed Abeera Ismail attributed the halt to policy changes.
Haa Alifu Atoll: 1 resort and 3 guest houses
Haa Dhaalu Atoll: 2 resorts
Shaviyani Atoll: 4 resorts
Noonu Atoll: 7 resorts
Raa Atoll: 15 resorts and 1 guesthouse
Baa Atoll: 10 resorts
Ilaviyani Atoll: 7 resorts
Kaafu Atoll: 38 resorts and 5 guest houses
Alifu Alifu Atoll: 3 resorts
Alifu Dhaalu Atoll: 4 resorts and 1 guest house
Vaavu Atoll: 5 resorts and 3 guest houses
Meemu Atoll: 3 resorts
Faafu Atoll: 2 resorts
Dhaalu Atoll: 4 resorts
Thaa Atoll: 4 resorts
Laamu Atoll: 6 resorts
Ghaafu Alifu Atoll: 13 resorts
Ghaafu Dhaalu Atoll: 3 resorts and 3 guesthouses
Seenu Atoll: 3 resorts and 2 guesthouses
During the first press conference held after his appointment, the Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed guaranteed that the public would be kept well informed and that all tourist developments would be carried out in a transparent manner.
Excluding those currently being developed, there are 140 resorts operating in Maldives. The number of guesthouses and hotels exclusively catering to tourists is 508 and 12 respectively. In addition to this, a total of 308 travel agencies, 272 dive schools and 148 safaris are also registered in Maldives.
1,207,892 tourists visited Maldives last month while 1,125,995 tourists visited in October 2017.