Aim is to have 600,000 tourists in Addu annually – Minister Fayyaz

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Male’, Maldives – Economic Minister of Maldives Ismail Fayyaz has stated that the aim of the government is to bring in 600,000 tourists annually.

Speaking to local new outlet “Raajje TV”, Fayyaz said that Addu is scheduled to be developed as planned and that Addu International Airport would be developed accordingly. He also revealed the source of funding for the airport development as a part of the line of credit extended by India.

He added that the aim of the government is to develop the tourism of the southern part of Maldives through the airport development, and that it hopes to bring down 600,000 tourists in to the Maldives through the airport yearly.

“The plan of the government is to develop infrastructure, and establish all necessary requirements of the people for them live and earn an income in Addu City, while providing good quality education and health care for their families.”  Fayyaz said.

It is one of the pledges of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to invest USD 300 million, which he later detailed would be used for the road and tourism development in the city.