World Tourism Day: Maldives set to open nine more resorts this year

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. (Image source: President's office) Photograph:( Others )

Maldives Sep 27, 2016, 09.55 AM (IST) Umaima Rasheed Hussain

In his address on the occasion of World Tourism Day, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom today asserted that one of the highest priority of his administration is to expand and diversify the tourism industry. 


While four new resorts have already started operations in the country so far this year, nine more resorts are scheduled for completion, the President stressed. 


"A collaborative push by all Maldivians is crucial for the sustainable development of the country's tourism," he added. 


Yameen encouraged tourism sector partners to further contribute to the development of the nation’s transportation infrastructure in order to facilitate industry growth. 


The President also highlighted that while the Maldivian tourism sector is thriving, his administration endevours to expand and develop Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to cater to the increasing demand of the industry would further open the gates towards catering to 7.5 million visitors per year.


World Tourism Day is celebrated annually across the globe on September 27. This year's theme for World Tourism Day is 'Tourism for all – Promoting Universal Accessibility', which Maldivian President says is inline with his administration's outlook for country's tourism industry.