Maldives Tourism Rebounces After Tsunami

Last update: 26/12/2018

By Rohani Mohd Ibrahim

MALE (Bernama) -- The scenic tropical island of Maafushi in the Maldives was a busy tourism hub before it was badly affected by the killer Indian Ocean tsunami that struck on Dec 26, 2018.

Now, 14 years later, this island paradise has rebuilt its tourism infrastructure and has started attracting tourists again.

The Maldives, an archipelago of more than 1,200 coral islands amidst 26 atolls that are known for their white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, begun developing its tourism industry during the 1970s.

However, post the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which claimed 83 lives and left 12,000 people homeless in the Maldives, its tourism industry recorded extreme drops in tourist arrivals as most of the infrastructure, including resorts, were badly damaged.

TOURISM PICKS UP

Located south of the island's capital Male, Maafushi island – measuring 1, 270 metres by 265 metres and with a population of 2,700 – received funding from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent for its post-tsunami recovery activities.....