In a significant announcement during the inaugural session of the Parliament, the President revealed ambitious plans for the tourism sector. The government is set to inaugurate 20 new resorts this year, adding 2,857 beds to accommodate visitors. Addressing challenges in village, land, and forest development for tourism, the President highlighted ongoing efforts to find solutions.
Collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Finance, IRA, and Economic Council has commenced to finalize policies for 63 designated tourism projects. Anticipating completion within the week, the policies aim to restructure lease agreements and attract investments for unfinished facilities.
Expanding tourism beyond traditional hubs, the President emphasized a forthcoming tourism development plan for Addu City, featuring a “coastal tourism” initiative with a seaplane hub. To facilitate this vision, a Visitor Economy Council has been established by the Cabinet to enhance tourism services.
Furthermore, the President highlighted plans to broaden tourism services across education, culture, heritage, health, and the environment. This strategic move aligns with the government’s broader agenda to boost the tourism sector and foster economic growth in Maldives.