Malé, Maldives – Vice President of Maldives Faisal Naseem has revealed that 22 resorts are currently in the pipeline and are scheduled to open in 2023.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the UNWTO Global Summit on Community Based Tourism held at Cross Roads which also coincided with the 50th anniversary of tourism in Maldives, VP Faisal said that the most significant sector of the Maldives’ economy is tourism and that the country’s main source of income is also the tourism industry, adding that it is for this reason the government always ensures progress of projects in this industry are at a fast pace.
Speaking further, he highlighted that since the incumbent administration came onto power, a total of 426 tourism facilities have been established in the country, out of which are two newly opened resorts, with 10 more in the pipeline for this year.
Within the past three and a half years, 33 resorts, 343 guest houses and 2 home stay facilities have been opened. Additionally 19 safaris have newly commenced operations. With this, the bed capacity has increased to 14,000.Faisal Naseem, Vice President, Maldives, 2022
Referring to the resorts to be opened in the coming year, VP Faisal said that there are currently a 107 resorts being developed and that 22 of those will open in the coming year, which would add 5,000 beds to the current capacity of the country. Additionally, 45 guest houses will also open their doors, rising the capacity by further 820 beds.
As per the latest statistics, currently there are 166 resorts, 12 hotels, 762 guest houses, 147 safaris and two home stay facilities in operation in the Maldives.
Since the introduction of tourism to Maldives in 1972, Maldives has been at the forefront of the global tourism arena.