The Maldives began a new chapter in the hospitality industry on January 1st, with the launch of homestay tourism.
The first homestay tourists were welcomed to Dhiggaru, Meemu Atoll, with a water salute and a variety of cultural activities.
The first group of tourists included a European couple and Catherine Haswell, the UN Resident Coordinator for the Maldives.
Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Guesthouse Association president Abdulla Nasheed, and MATATO president Abdulla Suood all attended the ceremony.
Moorithi in Dhiggaru is the first establishment to be registered for homestay tourism, with three rooms for tourist accommodation.
Furthermore, Dhiggaru Island Council reported that 50 rooms were ready for local tourism on the island, with a target of at least 200 rooms by the conclusion of the current council’s tenure.