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MALDIVES THIRD TOURISM MASTER PLAN
2007 - 2011

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation

MALDIVES THIRD TOURISM MASTER PLAN 2007 – 2011

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Maldives Third Tourism Master Plan: 2007-2011 is the product of the tireless efforts of a dedicated technical team that comprised a Chief Technical Expert and local consultants; a Project Steering Committee; stakeholders in the private and public sectors as well as the staff of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The formwork for the Third Tourism Master Plan was developed with the assistance of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation that fielded a Project Formulation Mission for the Third Tourism Master Plan in November 2005. The thrust of the report of the Mission was on expanding the industry across the country to generate more benefits for the Maldivian people, reduce economic leakage from the tourism sector, and increase employment opportunities for Maldivians by improving human resource development and training for the industry. We gratefully recognize this contribution of the UNWTO. The areas of focus identified in the UNWTO report were reviewed and carefully examined, analysed, assessed and addressed by the technical team in the formulation of the Master Plan. It was a job well done, and we know that it warrants no less recognition. The indomitable energy of Professor Jack Carlsen of Curtin University of Technology, Australia, deserves special mention as he developed the framework for the Master Plan and led the technical team, grabbing every opportunity to discuss and debate exhaustively pertinent issues with the members of the team, players in the industry and senior officials of the Ministry. The Project Steering Committee that represented the relevant private and public sector agencies provided the technical team with guidance and direction on all aspects of the Master Plan. The cooperation extended by the PSC had no boundaries. We note this with deep gratitude. Stakeholders in the industry were open and frank in their views and opinions in the consultations with them. Their engagement injected enormous confidence into the process. Their contribution was significant, and one that helped greatly in the shaping of the strategies for the plan period as well as in looking beyond the plan period. We thank them most sincerely. The staff of the Ministry went beyond the call of duty in organizing and servicing meetings, and in arranging consultations for the Master Plan formulation exercise. Their secretarial support ensured that there was no loss of time in the completion of the Maldives Third Tourism Master Plan. Their indefatigable toil deserves commendation. We also thank most sincerely all others associated with the formulation of the Third Tourism Master Plan who may have been overlooked as a group or as an individual

TABLE OF CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS .............................................................................................................. 5 FOREWORD .......................................................................................................................... 11

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS ............................................................................................................ 13 SECTION ONE - INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................. 17 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Third Tourism Master Plan: The Planning Process ..................................................... 17 Vision of the Third Tourism Master Plan .................................................................. 19 Goals of the Third Tourism Master Plan .................................................................. 19 TTMP Presentation ................................................................................................ 20

SECTION TWO - REVIEW OF TOURISM IN THE MALDIVES...
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