Ministry suspends operating license of 3 guesthouses following inspection failure

Paddling is offered by the guesthouse | Photo: 3S

Male’, Maldives – The Ministry of Tourism on Thursday, has suspended the operating license of 3 guesthouses for failure to comply with guidelines for accommodating South Asian tourists.

The ministry tweeted informing that following their inspection for the compliance of accommodating South Asian tourists, they have suspended the operating license of 3 guesthouses and have cautioned 3 more guesthouse operators in the Greater Male’ Area.

There are currently 152 resorts along with 627 guesthouses and 11 hotels operating in Maldives. 130 vessels, 195 dive centres and 459 travel agencies are all actively working tirelessly to provide quality services in the country.

The Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom said that while taking action against tourism service providers is unfortunate, the public safety and safeguarding tourism industry comes first.

The Covid-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the flourishing tourism industry of Maldives. However as the country is now recovering from the pandemic, the tourism industry is making a swift recovery with an 1 million tourists expected to visit the island destination in 2021.

Since Maldives re-opened its borders on July 15, 2020, Visit Maldives has continued to conduct marketing activities in order to maintain Maldives as one of the top choices for travellers, particularly in terms of safety with the ongoing pandemic.Currently, tourists are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to their departure, as well as have a negative PCR test result, conducted 96 hours prior to their departure.