TOURISM EXPECTED TO INCREASE WITH THE ARRIVAL OF 09 CRUISE LINERS
Nine cruise ships are scheduled to visit the Maldives this year, delivering about 12,000 tourists, according to the Maldives Association of Yacht Agency (MAYA). These cruise ships will dock at the ports of Haa Alif Atoll, Addu City, and Male' City. Cruise liners are a primary emphasis for the Maldivian tourism and economic sectors, according to Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, particularly because they can be advantageous for businesses in and around Male, the capital city.
The tourism minister stated that since most cruise ship passengers have already made plans to spend money onboard the cruise ship, they rarely spend the night at resorts or hotels. "However, the Maldives has the potential to raise revenue if it can provide compelling methods for these travellers to spend their money while in the nation" he added. The MS Costa Deliziosa, which can accommodate 2,826 guests and is due to arrive in the Maldives next month, is the largest of the nine cruise ships that are expected to dock here.