The Maldives has recorded a 6.1 percent overall increase in tourist arrivals for June 2012, compared to the same period last year, according to figures from the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).
Attempt to have “Sunny Side of Life” slogan become an online trend among Twitter users hijacked by allegations of human rights abuse, according to international media reports.
The government has pledged commitment to further guest-house development in the Maldives after issuing a circular cautioning local councils that the allocation of public land for tourism purposes must have ministry approval.
Mid-market tourism in the Maldives challenged by more than just cultural sensitivities, say developers, pointing to logistics, transport and a lack of government support.
“We are trying to build investor confidence in the country,” claimed Deputy Tourism Minister Mohamed Maleeh Jamal. “There has been too much focus on stories such as how the Maldives will be sinking in 30 years.”
“The Maldives is a perfect destination for these travellers as all the food items in the resorts are halal, apart from the pork and alcohol, and all the islands have mosques,” said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mohamed Maleeh Jamal.
Kurumba held a charity music festival on Friday, featuring 11 music acts ranging from solo Australian balladeers to local rock bands and traditional Bodu Beru drumming, to raise money for the Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage on Villigili.
An estimated 10 million people from around the world are expected to visit the three-month Expo held in South Korea’s coastal city of Yeosu.
Beyond the establishment of high-profile sub-aquatic spas and restaurants in the country, some resorts are opting to play up the emergence of nearby protected marine parks and reserves and even underwater dive festivals.