Very optimistic of tourism gaining momentum in Southern Maldives: Minister Mausoom

Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdullah Mausoom speaking at the inaugural ceremony held for the diving event in Addu City. | Photo: PSM

Male’, Maldives — The Tourism Minister of Maldives, Abdullah Mausoom has expressed optimism towards the tourism gaining momentum in the southern zone of Maldives.

Minister Mausoom stated this after the Managing Director of Inner Maldives and the Board member of MACL, Mohamed Firaq stated that they are working hard on developing the tourism zone in the southern sector of Maldives.

Firaq stated that with the collaborate effort, the country will soon hear a surprising good news regarding the tourism zone in southern Maldives.

Minister Mausoom retweeted this and stated that the Tourism Ministry is very optimistic of tourism gaining momentum in the southern of Maldives, especially in Addu City with the support and engagement from enterprising industry partners such as Mohamed Firaq and Waleedh.

Minister Mausoom had earlier stated that the tourism industry of Addu City will see more progress in the upcoming five years than it did during the past 38 years.

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 flights not operating to the 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.

In a recent tweet thread announcing the Mumbai-Manafaru route announcement, DMD of Maldivian Aishath Jennifer said that the national carrier “cannot afford to operate flights which does not contribute and which is not economically viable” regarding flights from Mumbai to Addu City.

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.