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The Maldives was largely terra incognita for tourists until the early 1970s. Strewn across the equator in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives archipelago possesses a truly unique geography as a small island country. Nature has fragmented the archipelago into 1,190 tiny islands that occupy a mere one per cent of its 90,000 km2 territory. Only 185 islands are home to its 300,000 population, while the other islands are used entirely for economic purposes of which tourism and agriculture are the most
dominant. Tourism accounts for 28% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives' foreign exchange receipts. Over 90% of government tax revenue comes from import duties and tourism-related taxes.The development of tourism has fostered the overall growth of the country's economy. It has created direct and indirect employment and income generation opportunities in other related industries. The first tourist resorts were opened in 1972 with Bandos island resort and Kurumba Village.
According to the Ministry of Tourism website, the emergence of tourism in 1972 transformed the economy of the Maldives, moving rapidly from the dependence on the fisheries sector to the tourism sector. In just three and a half decades, the industry has become the main source of income and livelihood of the people of the Maldives. Tourism is also the country's biggest foreign currency earner and the single largest contributor to the GDP. Today, there are 89 resorts in the Maldives with a bed capacity of over 17,000, providing facilities for tourists whose annual arrival figure exceeds 600,000.
Kulhudhuffushi is the capital of Haa Dhaalu Atoll administrative division and geographically part of
Seenu Atoll is the name of Addu Atoll as an administrative division of the Maldives. Addu Atoll, tog
Male is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. It is located at the souther
Fishing industry in the Maldives
The fishing industry in the Maldives is the island's second main industry. According to national tradition in the words of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, "Fishing is the lifeblood of our nation, it is inborn. From the soil on which we live,to the sea around us, it remains an integral part of
Shopping in Maldives
Spending a day shopping in the Maldives is a great way of exploring the culture, touring the islands and mingling with thelocals all whilst getting some great bargains. Souvenir shops abound offering a range of nicely crafted pieces including keyrings, fridge magnets and handmade photo albums.
Hot travel offers
If you are looking for sun, sand and sea, then Maldives is the ideal tropical holiday destination. M