The total number of operational tourist accommodation establishments in the Maldives has risen to 970.
The latest weekly statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism on Friday revealed that the total operational capacity of tourist accommodation establishments across the Maldives has risen to 970, with three more establishments resuming services to tourists over the past week.
Operational capacity includes 164 resorts and marinas, 644 guesthouses, one homestay facility, 11 hotels and 150 cruise ships.
The number of operational beds also increased to 54,661, including 39,064 in resorts, 1,418 in hotels, 11,220 in guesthouses and 2,953 in safari boats.
The Maldives currently has a capacity of 1,171 tourist facilities, including 152 safari boats, 837 guesthouses, 12 hotels, one homestay and 169 resorts. This means that out of the total capacity of the facilities, two safari ships, five resorts, one hotel and 193 guesthouses have yet to resume operations.
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 is in line with the President’s vision and tourism development policy aimed at making tourism and its benefits accessible to island communities.
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.