High rise hotels are coming to the Maldives, the spectacularly pristine Indian Ocean archipelago, a spray of atolls where resorts have traditionally been no higher than the tallest coconut tree.
“We are moving to a vertical tourism concept with high-rise accommodation facilities,”Adam Mohamed, director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, told TTG e-daily.
“We also need beds in the mid-market category.”
Until now the Maldives has operated under a one island, one resort policy with an infrastructure/open space ratio of 30:70, which limits density.
This means room counts are low and prices are too high for the mid-market, a scenario the new policy aims to change.