Revision of the Tourism Act (2/99)
Beginning 2010 MATI exchanged views and opinions with members on the revision of the Tourism Act (2/99).
The revisions to the Tourism Act, now enacted as Law, will have significant impact on tourism businesses in the Maldives, both in the immediate term and in the long-term. It provides for a complete overhaul of the tourism tax regime and the lease system. The main provisions of the Act are provided in Addendum-1 (translation of Revisions to Tourism Act 2/99).
Labour Issues raised with HEP
The T-GST Bill and Regulations as originally drawn up by the authorities could have resulted or heavy costs to the resort operators. MATI engaged in negotiations with MIRA to arrive at better provisions for the industry in extensive.
Some important amendments we were able to negotiate were:
Destination Audit Maldives 2010
MATI began work on a major research project: A destination audit for Maldives. This was an initiative spearheaded by the Chairman; crucial in this year as there appear to be some misconceptions in the public. There is a view that the future of the Maldives tourism industry remains healthy. Such a position may be based on government statistics which show increases in total numbers of arrivals. Our concern is that although there are increases in numbers from mainly non-traditional, there have been decreases in net-yield, price structures and challenges to maintaining a cohesive image of Maldives as a destination.
Preliminary Results were: