SECTION 1: TOURIST ACCOMMODATION
As per Maldives Tourism Act Law No. 2/99, tourists visiting the Maldives must stay at a facility which is registered at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) to accommodate tourists. There are four types of accommodation facilities currently available for tourists in the Maldives; namely tourist resorts, tourist hotels, tourist guest houses and safari vessels.
Uninhabited islands in the Maldives are developed into resorts, taking into consideration the ‘one-island-one- resort’ concept which is unique to the Maldives, offering splendid experiences in luxury vacations. At the end of 2011 there were 101 resort islands with a total bed capacity of 22,120 registered with the MOTAC. Being
the most popular and
form of accommodatio
in the Maldives, 82.2% of the bed capacity
originates in resorts in 2011. Three new resorts came into operation in 2011, which include Olhuveli in Laamu Atoll with 194 beds, Meradhoo in Gaafu Alifu Atoll with 74 beds and Magudhdhuva in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll with 200 beds (refer table 1).
With the opening of two new hotels, total number of hotels increased from 17 in 2010 to 19 by end 2011 increasing the bed capacity to 1,603 (refer Table 1).
Guest Houses in the Maldives offer budget accommodation for tourists visiting local islands in the Maldives. Previously, this type of accommodation was available only in the capital city, Male’. Since 2011, guest houses are being developed in other local islands. 13 new guest houses were opened in different islands of the Maldives in 2011. At the end of 2011, there were 659 beds in 38 guest houses registered with MOTAC.
Although guest houses
to the total
bed capacity, this form of accommodation is
increasing rapidly (refer table 1).
beds, commonly known as Safari Vessels,...