Minister of Tourism Dr.Abdulla Mausoom has said that the Maldives is confident about ensuring the safety of the guests visiting the island nation.
He said this an interview with the Qatar-based media outlet “Al Jazeera”
After closing the borders in late March, Maldives re-opened its borders on July 15th, with the hopes of boosting its economy through the revenue generated by the tourism sector. The arrival numbers to the country are slowly increasing, yet many are still skeptical about how the decision to re-open the borders amidst the global pandemic would boost the economic recovery of the Maldives.
In his interview with Al Jazeera, Tourism Minister Dr.Mausoom said that the Maldives does need tourism as everything else stops when tourism stops for the country. “We have no choice but to carry on”, said him.
He said that the Maldives is confident about ensuring the safety of the guests due to the geographical features of the country. However, the Minister did admit that there are challenges to the efforts to boost arrivals to the country.
Mausoom noted that restrictions on travel is the main challenge facing these efforts, highlighting that more airlines need to travel to the Maldives. He said that the country is currently engaging in efforts to establish leisure travel bubbles with countries such as Singapore. As per these leisure travel bubbles, travellers returning to their home countries would be exempt from quarantine.
By: Aishath Een Ali