Discussions to utilize Gan airport in tourism revival

Tourism Minister of Maldives, Dr. Abdullah Mausoom Photo: Avas

Addu City, Maldives – Tourism Minister of Maldives, Dr. Abdullah Mausoom has revealed that discussions are in motion with regards to the utilization of Gan International Airport in the revival of Tourism in the Maldives.

Speaking to local media “adduLIVE”, Dr. Mausoom said that due to the economical burden on the tourism industry due to to Covid-19, many families have been left helpless as the two main resorts of the city, Shangri-la Villingili Resort and Spa, and Canareef shut down indefinitely. Referring to the matter, he said that work is being done to resolve the issue.

Speaking further, the Minister is reported to have said that discussions are underway to use Gan International Airport as well as Hanimaadhoo International Airport in bringing tourists into the country.

He explained that as the virus is not under control in the capital, the direction in which the discussions are heading is to make use of Gan International Airport for tourists traveling to the southern region of the country.

“One are we highly focus is Addu City. I have checked the Addu Tourism Development Plan, and we are working on making that plan a reality even as we speak. With the inclusion of guest houses, the city currently has roughly about 700 beds. This number will be increased.” Dr. Mausoom said.

Speaking on the efforts to revive the traffic into the country in the tourism industry, Dr. Mausoom said that the government is working with parties in Italy and China, as well as in Singapore and other neighboring countries.