Four other guesthouses have opened their doors to tourists across the Maldives.

The latest weekly statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism revealed that the total operational capacity of tourist facilities rose to 934 over the past week, including 161 resorts, 618 guesthouses, 10 hotels and 145 cruise ships. .

The Maldives currently has a capacity of 1,141 tourist facilities, including 157 safari boats, 817 hotels and guesthouses, and 167 resorts. This means that of the total facility capacity, 12 safari ships, six resorts, 190 guesthouses and hotels have yet to resume operations.

The number of operational beds also increased to 53,250, including 38,226 in resorts, 1,360 in hotels, 10,800 in guesthouses and 2,858 in safari boats.

The four guesthouses that resumed service across the Maldives were one in Haa Alif Atoll, one in Baa Atoll, one in Kaafu Atoll and one in Vaavu Atoll.

On January 1, the ministry also facilitated the introduction of Homestay in the Maldives, with the first of its kind launched on Dhiggaru Island in Meemu Atoll. This falls under the President’s Tourism Development Vision and Policy aimed at making tourism and its benefits accessible to island communities.

The first tourists under the homestay concept were welcomed at “Moorithi” guest house in Dhiggaru, by Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, MP for Dhiggaru Ikram Hassan Constituency, Chairman of the Island Council Ahmed Nishan, Chairman of the Atoll Council Ahmed Nimal, Chairman of the Guesthouse Association of Maldives Abdulla Nasheed, Chairman of the Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators of the Maldives Abdulla Suood and Managing Director from FENAKA Corporation Ahmed Saeed Mohamed as well as senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism.

Almost four months after the borders were closed, the Maldives reopened the borders on July 15, 2020 and initially resorts and cruise ships were given the green light to begin operations. Guesthouses outside the Greater Male region were allowed to resume operations on October 15, 2020. Authorities allowed guesthouses to reopen in the capital region on December 14, 2020.