The sandy beaches of Maldives make tourism a major source of
Courtesy Gloria Garcia
Because of its clear waters, distinctive corals, and
white beaches, Maldives has many features to attract
a result, tourism by 1989 had become the country's major
of foreign exchange, surpassing fishing. In 1992 tourism
constituted 17 percent of GDP. Furthermore, tourism is
to increase as the government infrastructure improvement
in the areas of transportation, communications,
supply, and other support facilities are put into place.
Since the 1970s, approximately fifty resorts, mostly
consisting of thatched bungalows, have been built on many
uninhabited islands on Male Atoll. In 1990 a dozen new
were under construction on Maldives. In the following
196,112 tourists visited Maldives, primarily from Germany,
Britain, and Japan in that order.
Tourist facilities have been developed by private
and in 1991 consisted of sixty-eight "island resorts" with
8,000 hotel beds. Tourists are not allowed to stay on Male
not to affect adversely the Muslim life-style of the
people. Wilingili Island has also been off limits for
accommodation since 1990 to allow for population overflow
Male to settle there.
Data as of August 1994