Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom has defended that homestay tourism will benefit Maldives greatly, despite concerns raised by the Guesthouse Association of the Maldives (GAM).
In a press statement, GAM admitted how homestay would expand the tourism industry of the Maldives but expressed concern over implementing it at the current pandemic situation. However, Minister Mausoom said countries such as Malaysia are receiving great benefits from homestay tourism. Homestay will benefit numerous tourism establishments including resorts, guesthouses, and liveaboards as well as ordinary citizens by establishing proper guidelines.
Homestay is a popular form of hospitality where tourists share a residence with a local household in the country they are traveling. The government has been working to implement various forms of tourism in the Maldives including homestay, sports, and cultural tourism as well as MICE tourism.