World Tourism Day to be celebrated in Addu City!

Tourism Minister Dr. Abudulla Mausoom in Gan, Addu City | Photo: adduLIVE

Addu City, Maldives – The Ministry of Tourism of Maldives has revealed that the occasion of World Tourism Day will be celebrated in the southern most point of Maldives, Addu City this year.

In a tweet sent out by the Ministry, it was detailed that the initiative was taken up by Addu City Council, for which the Ministry paid its gratitude.

The day which is marked on the 27th of every September will be celebrated in Addu City this year – a city which Tourism Minister Dr. Abdullah Mausoom forecasted would see more development in the tourism front during the upcoming years than in the last 38 years.

The Minister stated in a recent event that while 2022 will be made into the golden year of tourism in the Maldives, the year will also bring a smile onto the faces of those who work in the industry in Addu.

Currently, the city’s tourism is suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused the two main resorts operating in the city to be indefinitely shut down, while guesthouses also incur insurmountable losses with international flight operations being suspended to Gan International Airport.

With this, only a handful of tourist establishments such as the Equator Village and Wave Sound by 3S, as well as some other guest houses are actively in operation, meaning that the city only receives mere peanuts in via tourism.

However, with the Maldives rolling out Covid-19 vaccines for the residents of the country at an impressively fast pace and looking towards introducing ‘Visit & Vaccinate Vacations’ where tourists would be able to come to the Maldives to get vaccinated and stay in the country during that time, Maldives and all of its destinations, including Addu City are expected to soon overcome the closures and travel restrictions that have been put in place due to the pandemic.

While it is not known exactly how the government plans on improving the tourism sector of Addu City, the removal of the obstacles which Covid-19 has put in place is expected to make the process easier.