The demand for marine tourism is set to expand considerably in the Maldives as new resort islands under construction are completed in the next two years and additional resorts are planned. A key driver to the growth in marine tourism is the current expansion of Male’s Velana International Airport, which is being expanded with a new runway, taxiways and terminal to increase passenger capacity to a planned 8 million passenger capacity per year by 2018.
Major hotel brands such as Ritz Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, InterContinental and Capella all developing new resort islands. Combined with the increasing number of resorts and increased airport capacity is a change in the length of time guests spend in the Maldives, a pattern that is being seen across the tourism industry worldwide.
Whilst there are no full service marinas in the Maldives at present a major Marina adjacent to airport is in the advanced planning stage with another marina currently being built at a new resort some 20 mins by boat from the airport. The advent of marinas will solidify the Maldives as a premiere superyacht destination and a base for boat owners.
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