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Ministry of Tourism declares ongoing projects

29 November 2018, MVT 11:37
Amaya Resorts and Spas Kuda Rah. PHOTO: AMAYA RESORTS AND SPAS KUDA RAH
29 November 2018, MVT 11:37

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.

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