The Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism signed a lease agreement to develop a 100-room hotel at Kelaa with FEDO Private Limited yesterday 16th March 2021. The Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom and MP of Kelaa Constituency, Ibrahim Shareef participated in the signing ceremony.

According to a tweet by the Ministry of Tourism, the agreement was signed to develop a 100-room hotel in the thun’di area of Kelaa.

Good to see young Maldivians taking up the reign of Tourism Development in Maldives.

Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom tweeted.

This new hotel will open additional job opportunities for locals. As of 15th March 2021, 674 accommodation facilities are active in the Maldives. Of this, 377 guesthouses, 137 safari vessels, and 149 resorts are currently open in the Maldives.

Local guesthouses and hotels are perfect for holidaymakers who want to enjoy a piece of paradise on a budget. In the Greater Male’ Region, travellers can find chic inns and boutique guesthouses near the beachside to relax.

As of 15th March 2021, Maldives recorded 238,533 tourist arrivals. India retains its position as the leading tourist source market of the Maldives. Meanwhile, Russia ranks in second place with a market share of 21.5%. India and Russia were also the leading tourist source markets in 2020. Other leading individual source markets include Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

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Figures indicate 3,204 tourists visited the island nation on average by 12th March 2021. Moreover, tourists spent an average of 9 days in the Maldives.

Tourism Ministry of the Maldives forecasts to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2021. Likewise, the ministry predicts tourists will spend over 10 million bed nights in the Maldives this year.

Feature image by the Ministry of Tourism via Twitter