Government hasn’t done anything to innovate tourism: MP Shiyam

MP for Naifaru Ahmed Shiyam seen at a parliament committee meeting | Photo: Ahmed Saeed

Male’, Maldives –  Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Vice President and Member of Parliament for Naifaru Constituency Ahmed Shiyam has said today that the government has not established any solid policies to innovate the tourism sector following Covid-19.

In a tweet today, MP Shiyam said that there is no practical policy or significant step taken by the government in the tourism sector following the coronavirus pandemic, and that the sector is improving only “because of the great relationship between tour operators in the industry.”

However, despite Shiyaam’s criticism, the tourism sector has done very well these last few months. After initial border closure at the end of May, Maldives reopened borders for international travel on July 15. While tourist arrivals were low following border reopening, tourism numbers have increased exponentially.

The exponential increase in arrivals this month briefly overwhelmed, Maldivian immigration services, who are currently working tirelessly so as to ensure tourists do not stay for long at Velana International Airport (VIA).

Tourism numbers have surged in the Maldives, with high numbers of daily arrivals contributing to reaching arrival milestones thought unachievable just a few weeks ago. Such as the 100,000 arrivals post border opening and more than 540,000 tourists arriving this year.