Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Surge in Maldives tourism stimulates Thai investors

Maldives has long been a popular destination for travellers across the globe who book air tickets on flights to the destination to revel in its spectacular palm fringed islands, white sand beaches, inimitable water sports like scuba diving, snorkelling etc. Maldives has seen a twenty percent increase in tourist activities in the present year which has instilled confidence, particularly, in Thai hospitality services to launch more ventures in the archipelago. 

The recent increase in frequency of flights to Maldives by Thailand’s aviation giant Bangkok Airways shows the positive mindset amongst Thai companies for future prospects in the Maldives. This will also prove to be a great boon for travellers as availability of tickets will increase and also cheaper prices can be availed.

Besides, well known hospitality firm, Centara Hotels and Resorts, plans to extend their services in the Maldives by opening a new five star hotel, Centara Hudhufushi Resort & Spa. The resort will have approximately 110 rooms and can be accessed via a 25 minute seaplane ride from the Malé International Airport.

Tourism provides Maldives with a big chunk of its GDP by contributing to almost thirty percent of the product. Tourist numbers are expected to touch 1.2 million in 2013 and with Maldives increasing the tourism budget from USD 1.2 million to USD 5.1 million.

No wonder, global brands thriving on tourism including those of Thailand are looking to cash in on these ever increasing revenue numbers by investing at the destination and providing first-rate services. 

And amidst all these developments, it is indeed the international tourist who stands to benefit from the growing number of flights and accommodation options in the Maldives. Considered to be an expensive destination, the increase in alternatives may even spell availability of cheap flights tickets and accommodation.

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