Addu City, Maldives – Tourism Minister Abdullah Mausoom said this in a tweet congratulating the newly sworn in Mayor of Addu City Ali Nizar and other members of the council.
Minister Mausoom tweeted congratulating the newly sworn in council members and Mayor Ali Nizar saying that he hopes to continue working with Addu City Council to make tourism ideas a reality.
Minister Mausoom also expressed his gratitude to the Former Council members of Addu City including former Mayor Abdullah Sodiq for their support during the past 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 due to Covid-19.
While it is not known exactly how the government plans on improving the tourism sector of Addu City, the escalation of the Covid-19 crisis in the Maldives and added restrictions including banning tourists from South Asia and prohibition of tourists to guesthouses in inhabited islands are added challenges to progress.
The new mayor and new city council was sworn in at a ceremony held at Addu High School this morning. Nizar had competed with PPM candidate Mohamed Latheef and independent candidate Ibrahim Thohir and won with 61 percent votes.
While MDP holds majority seats in the council, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has three seats while another three seats are now occupied by independent candidates.