Government fails to facilitate tourism revival in Addu City

Canareef Resort Maldives | Photo: Overwater Bungalow Guide

Malé, Maldives – The Managing Director of Resort Life Mohamed Shaaz Waleed on Friday stated that the attempts to revive tourism in Addu City is hindered because of lack of assistance by the government of Maldives.

Resort life is currently in the process of resuming operations at Canareef Resort located in Addu City.

In a series of tweets within the past 24 hours Shaaz Waleed has noted that they only asked for one thing from the government. “To provide a convenient time for three domestic charter flights,” said Waleed.

Lack of government support has made tourism in Addu City a hopeless endeavour.

Managing Director of Resort Life Mohamed Shaaz Waleed

The Resort Life MD elaborated that the government from the initial stages proposed to route flights to Velana International Airport, located in the capital city Malé 537 km away from Addu City, and start flights to Gan International Airport in Addu City after Canareef was operational.

Canareef is expected to reopen with 140 operational rooms in the near future.

Waleed also noted that while the Addu City has no avenues to provide inflight meals for long haul flights via catering services from Gan International Airport or any nearby resorts.

Addu Mayor Ali Nizar has stated that discussions are in progress to find solutions to issues pointed out by Waleed.

Earlier this year, the World Tourism Day 2021 was cancelled in Addu City due to the despair of the Addu people.