Maldives’ Tourism Marks Golden Jubilee in 2022
Throughout 2022, the Maldives will be celebrating 50 years since tourism to this spellbinding island-nation began.
Almost five decades ago when the first resort opened in the Maldives, the country was still an archipelago barely known to outside the world with islanders relied on fishing.
The stunning adventure of the country started by opening of its first resort at Vihamanaafushi knows as Kurumba Village on 3 October 1972. In a few years time the Maldives became one of the most amazing destinations worldwide.
The Maldives now has nearly 200 resorts across 26 natural atolls, around 10 of which opened in 2021. A further 12 are scheduled to open in 2022, giving a stunning array of choice for all kinds of holidaymakers, from couples to families, from luxury-seekers to adventurers. And as a region, the Maldives is also seeing a new drive for sustainability – a change reflected in some of the eco-friendly activities being offered by many of its resorts.
The countdown ceremony of the Maldives Tourism Golden Jubilee Celebration started on 3 October 2021 at Kurumba Maldives.
Maldives’ President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih started the countdown ceremony at the Kurumba Maldives resort and 3 October is now officially declared as National Tourism Day.
Alongside government delegates, the countdown ceremony for the Tourism Golden Jubilee saw the participation of major players of the tourism sector.
In a recent statement, Tourism Minister Dr. Abdulla Mausoom said that the Golden Jubilee Celebration will start on 1 January 2022 and will last for one year. This year-long cheerful event has been promoted the past couple of months and will give further boost to Maldives tourism.
Tourism is the leading industry in the Maldives and employs more than 25,000 people. Despite the pandemic, the tourism sector has seen tremendous growth since the country’s reopening to visitors.
With the European market representing a consistent share of tourist arrivals, the Maldives is considered a top destination for visitors.