Operational tourist facilities across the Maldives have increased to 975

Operational tourist facilities across the Maldives have been increased to 975.

The latest weekly statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism revealed that a total of 975 tourist accommodation establishments are currently operational in the Maldives, with a total of 54,856 tourist beds.

The total number of operational beds spans resorts, hotels, guest houses and cruise ships, including 39,196 in resorts, 1,428 in hotels, 11,278 in guest houses guests and 2,954 in cruise ships.

Operational facilities include 164 resorts, 649 guest houses, 12 hotels and 150 cruise ships.

The Maldives currently has a capacity of 1,187 tourist facilities, including 154 safari boats, 863 hotels and guesthouses, and 170 resorts. This means that of the total facility capacity, four safari ships, six resorts, 202 guesthouses and hotels have yet to resume operations.

On January 1, the ministry also facilitated the introduction of Homestay in the Maldives, with the first of its kind opened on Dhiggaru Island in Meemu Atoll. This is in line with the President’s tourism development vision and policy to make tourism and its benefits equally accessible to island communities.

The Maldives reopened its borders on July 15, 2020, nearly four months after borders were closed, and initially resorts and cruise ships were given the green light to begin operations. Guesthouses outside the Greater Male region were allowed to resume operations on October 15, 2020. Authorities allowed guesthouses to reopen in the capital region on December 14, 2020.

Richard F. Gandhi