Tourism minister Ali Waheed says the ministry has decided to permit the development of 4000 hotel beds in Addu City.
During the ceremony held on Monday to introduce the fifth Tourism Master Plan, tourism minister Ali Waheed said that the government has pledged to develop 8000 hotel beds in Addu City, and the permits to develop half of them will be issued very soon.
He said that the government will be issuing permits to develop 4000 beds across the islands in Addu set for tourism development. He added that the ministry is also working on plans to develop regions which currently do not have any tourism developments.
He announced the islands and regions that have been allocated for tourism development, which includes Haa Alif Uligan, Haa Alif Kelaa, Laamu Gan, six islands in Addu City as well as the Dhapparu region in Haa Alif Filladhoo and the Thundi region of Fuvahmulah City.
Ali Waheed announced that the new master plan will be launched early next year, and that once the plan comes into action, tourism will boost across the whole country without any exceptions.
The minister noted that 4699 hotel beds have been developed since the government took oath last year. He added that the goal of developing 35000 hotel beds is expected to be achieved by the end of 2022.
The minister also assured to resolve the concerns in the tourism industry as indicated by the tourism statistics. He said that the target of bringing 1.5 million tourists this year will be achieved by the end of November.