Minister of Toursim Ali Waheed stated that the administration will establish sports tourism in the country.
According to an interview given to local media, Mihaaru, the Minister said that tourism development having been brought through Maldives Marketing and Public Relations (MMPRC) is currently interested in expanding the industry through various fields.
"We have the mindset to take us to another level from where we are now. When outside of the country, Maldives is paradise on earth. Secondly, they say it is unaffordable. We want Maldives to remain as a luxury destination. In addition to this, Maldives has all the premiums. Any person has the opportunity to visit Maldives and experience the product they want," said the Minister.
The tourism Minister further stated that it is in their intention to continue upholding Maldives as the top brand across the world. He added that the ministry would work towards expanding the sector through local tourism and other industries.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, pledged in his first 100 day presidential pledges, that the administration will host a symposium with all relevant stakeholders in tourism.
Minister Ali Waheed revealed that an integrated master plan will be developed at the symposium.
The Minister added that he wants uninhabited islands to be in the vicinity of inhabited ones, where islanders can visit the islands for excursions and other purposes. "When the master plan is done, all citizens in the inhabited atolls will be able to enjoy much like a tourist. That satisfaction has to be there," he said.
According to the tourism Minister, the ministry will be able to ascertain ways to sustainably expand the tourism industry.
Surfing in Maldives is the only sporting industry that generates a revenue for the country. The sport has generally received minimal recognition and funding from previous administrations.