The Maldives is a stunning, exotic, tropical, island destination that sports world famous beaches and light blue water that looks almost unreal. Most countries rely on exporting the materials or consumables they have a comparative advantage in and for the Maldives, it’s their trademark sun n’ sand. Tourism in the Maldives is like a brand unto itself. So it is no surprise that the country is in pretty dire straits due to the ongoing pandemic with lockdowns and restrictions imposed on international travel. However, Maldivian tourism officials are trying to pull out a rabbit, or rather a fish out of their hats to revive the country’s troubled economy.
“The main idea of tourism being open is to provide a reasonably safe tourism with minimum inconvenience,” Maldivian Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom said in an interview. “So once the country gets vaccinated, then we will move on to ‘3V’ tourism.”