Maldives: A tourist’s dream destination


On July 26, 1965, Maldives gained its independence from Britain.

Maldives is a collection of atolls with about 1200 coral islands situated about 2000 km south of India in the Indian Ocean.

The atolls have sandy beaches, lagoons, and a luxuriant growth of coconut palms, together with breadfruit trees and tropical bushes.

These attractions, along with abundance of exotic marine life in its relatively well-preserved coral reefs have made Maldives a dream destination for tourists who appreciate the Sun, Sand and the Sea.

Maldives is one of the best diving destinations in the world and tourism has emerged as its largest industry, generating about 28 pc of its GDP and 64 pc of its foreign exchange earnings.

It is also home to some of the most exotic resorts, many of them set on private islands and defined by the iconic villas spread over the sea.

In 2019, Maldives received over 1.70 million visitors. Though tourism fell briefly in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it received a massive boost thanks to high-end Indian tourists. Maldives received over 905,000 tourists in 2021, of which almost 25 pc, or over 210,000 were Indians.

Aware of the importance of tourism, Maldives has also been at the forefront of sustainable development and responsible tourism since it is a low-lying area, highly vulnerable to rising sea levels due to global warming.


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