Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed has revealed that all the issues and challenges facing the tourism industry will be solved with the launching of the Tourism Ministry’s fifth “master plan”.
Speaking to press on Monday, Minister Waheed stated that the fifth master plan will be launched on 30 July following which the ministry will brief the public on how they are going to proceed with the plan.
Further, Waheed assured that there will be no political influence in carrying out this plan.
“This time we want to craft a well-based master plan that has no space for political influence”
~ Ali Waheed
Highlighting that there are plenty of Maldivians who have been employed in the industry for a long time, Waheed stated that the plan is being crafted carefully with the opinions from both local and foreign workers in the industry.
“There are locals and foreigners who have worked in the industry for 20 to 30 years”
~ Ali Waheed
Stressing on the importance of crafting a practical master plan, Waheed said that it will also prioritize in bringing good changes. As such, while the percentage of women working in the industry is recorded low at just seven, this will also be changed.
Further, Waheed said that he believes there is discrimination between foreign and local workers even if they work in the same field, and with the introduction of the master plan, this injustice will also be eradicated.
Waheed also stressed on the importance of joint cooperation and efforts to make this plan a success. In this regard, he expressed his gratitude to the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) for their continued support in the ministry’s work.
The last tourism master plan was introduced during the previous government of Abdulla Yameen, in 2013, under the leadership of Ahmed Adeeb.