Tourism Minister Welcomes First Tourists to Guest Houses After Reopening of Local Tourist Establishments

PUBLISHED October 15, 2020 | updated October 15, 2020 04:41

Guest houses of the Maldives has officially opened today, October 15, 2020. Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom warmly welcomed the first tourists visiting the local guest house, Kaani Beach Hotel, K. Maafushi.  

Upon invitation by the Maafushi Council, Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom visited the local island to extend greetings to the very first guest house arrivals to the destination. The guests arrived as the permit was approved by the Government of Maldives to host international travelers at the guest houses. 

Licensed guest houses can now accommodate guests after four months since the suspension of on-arrival tourist visas to the country. The local tourist establishments will be in operation whilst following the safe tourism guideline issued by the Ministry of Tourism as well as the local and international health and safety guidelines presented by health authorities and organizations. 

During the month of September, Maldives secured the Safe Travels stamp from World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC), ensuring visitors a future of travel which is safe, secure, seamless and provides an authentic and meaningful experience across the journey. 

Most recently, Ministry of Tourism has initiated a ‘Compliance Officer Training Programme’ in collaboration with the European Institute for Export Compliance (EIFEC) and The Maldives National University (MNU) with the target to train over 800 Compliance Officers from guest houses and local councils.  Initiating the programme is one of EIFEC’s early contributions to the Maldives’ efforts in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that would ultimately be beneficial to the Maldivian economy, stated Ministry of Tourism.  



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