Tourism Minister Ali Waheed stated that it is not feasible to add 2000 additional tourist beds to central atolls even though it is one of the pledges of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Tourism Minister Ali Waheed stated that if 2000 beds are distributed among the central atolls, the number of beds in the central atolls would rise to 10000, including those in resorts that are currently being developed. This number is more than what is nnecessary, said the Minister.
"If the 2000 beds were distributed among the central atolls, beds will increase in Male' atoll which will then become flooded. Should we include the beds or not is my question. Even though it was one of the pledges during the campaign we have to see if it will be sustainable before fulfilling the pledge", stated Ali waheed.
Ali Waheed revealed that discussion are being held in regard to what step is to be taken next. He also stated that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's belief is for the country to have sustainable development. Therefore, before leasing out tourism islands for resort construction, the issues will be discussed among the relevant authorities, he said.
"We will not make any decision in haste that could effect our country's growth in the long term. All issues will be discussed among Fisheries Ministry, Tourism Ministry and relevant island councils before finalizing any decision", stated Ali Waheed.
Tourism Minister further stated that the islands for resort building will be allocated to atolls which do not currently have many resort businesses. He stated that priority will be given to Addu City, Huvadhoo atoll and Laamu atoll.