The success of guest house tourism on Maafushi – mass employment, 70 percent occupancy rates, boosts to local businesses and even commercial home gardening – demonstrates that guest-house tourism can indeed be successfully replicated across all the atolls of the Maldives, writes former Tourism Minister Dr Mariyam Zulfa.
Major resort groups speaking to Minivan News this week have alleged that numerous properties were losing money on a monthly basis as a result of being reliant on services being provided by the now consolidated national seaplane operator.
Government officials have described the awards as an obligation, and in keeping with the improved financial capability of the state. The opposition has called the schemes a return to ‘patronage’.
The Cabinet has recommended that the President reverse the previous government’s zoning decree on the Equatorial Convention Center in Addu. “Three days before elections, I don’t think it’s about giving people land,” Addu Mayor Abdullah Sodig observes.
“I could never do it on the world tour, I had to come to the Maldives and learn off these guys and as Kelly Slater said ‘I’m one of the best surfers but not a good competitor’ but that’s changing now,” said winner of the Four Seasons Surfing Champions competition Taylor Knox.
More than 200 staff working for the Maldives Customs Department have signed a petition submitted to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), alleging that employees had been promoted in violation of regulations.
PPM Presidential Candidate Abdulla Yameen is the last individual contesting the election on September 7 not to have launched his full manifesto.
The Finance Ministry has said it has managed to reduce state spending over the last twelve months, despite the Maldives Monetary Authority raising fears over “beyond appropriate” levels of government expenditure.
Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim has said “enhancements” will be made to US Government-supplied border controls in the next few days, amidst allegations the technology is a poor replacement for the more comprehensive Nexbis system it supplants.