Tourism Minister: Role of safaris in reviving tourism post-pandemic notable

Minister of Tourism Dr Abdulla Mausoom speaking at the award ceremony held by Maldives Boating Association. (Sun photo / Mohamed Naail Hussain)

Minister of Tourism Dr Abdulla Mausoom on Monday noted the role played by safaris in the work done by the tourism industry during the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic to revive the economy of Maldives.

Speaking at the award ceremony held by Maldives Boating Association on Monday night, the minister said that the work done by Maldivian tourism industry in that time was exemplary and appreciated internationally.

He went on to note that the role of safaris in this was significant and added that the ministry apricates it.

“During the period of the pandemic, the safaris held an even better standard than those issued by the HPA. The work done by the safaris in vaccinating and transporting samples was also notable.”

In addition to this, Minister Mausoom said that despite the safari industry being one of the oldest in the tourism industry of Maldives, there are major obstacles to this area.

He noted a lack of harbour for safaris among the issues and added that the government was working on resolving such problems.

According to the most recent statistics by the Tourism Ministry, there are 159 safaris operating in Maldives.

Tourism was introduced to Maldives in 1972, before 1980, safaris began operating in the country.