The total operational capacity of tourist accommodation establishments across the Maldives has exceeded 930.
The latest weekly statistics released by the Tourism Ministry revealed that the total operational capacity of tourism facilities included 161 resorts, 613 guest houses, 11 hotels and 145 cruise ships.
The number of operational beds also increased to 53,166, including 38,226 in resorts, 1,366 in hotels, 10,716 in guesthouses and 2,858 in safari boats.
The Maldives currently has a capacity of 1,141 tourist facilities, including 157 safari ships, 817 hotels and guesthouses and 167 resorts. This means that out of the total capacity of the facilities, 12 safari ships, six resorts, 193 guest houses and hotels have not yet resumed operations.
The three tourist facilities that have resumed service across the Maldives were a guesthouse in Alif Dhaal Atoll, a guesthouse in Vaavu Atoll, and a hotel.
On January 1, the ministry also facilitated the introduction of homestay accommodation in the Maldives, with the first of its kind being launched on Dhiggaru Island on Meemu Atoll. This is part of the President’s vision and tourism development policy to make tourism and its benefits for island communities accessible.
The first tourists within the framework of the concept of host family were welcomed at the guest house “Moorithi” in Dhiggaru, by the Minister of Tourism, Dr Abdulla Mausoom, the deputy of the constituency of Dhiggaru Ikram Hassan, the Chairman of the Island Council Ahmed Nishan, Chairman of the Atoll Council Ahmed Nimal, Chairman of the Maldives Guest House Association Abdulla Nasheed, Chairman of the Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators of Maldives Abdulla Suood and the Director General of 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 its borders on July 15, 2020 and initially, beach resorts and cruise ships were given the green light to begin operations. Guest houses outside the Grand Malé region were allowed to resume operations on October 15, 2020. Authorities authorized the reopening of guest houses in the capital region on December 14, 2020.