The Bank of Maldives Plc Ltd (BML) has sent notice to the government-owned Maldives Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) to settle US$17.5 million overdue from a US$25 million loan provided to develop the Herethere resort in Addu City.
According to Sun Online, while the loan requires a payment of $435,000 per month until February next year, the government tourism was sent notice by the national bank over non-payment of US$700,000 in line with the scheduled repayments.
“We wanted to sell the resort and completely pay off the bank loan. But the company’s work has come to a halt because of the delay, as the government is unable to appoint directors to the company’s board. We want to sell the resort as soon as possible and complete the repayment of the loan,” an MTDC official was quoted as saying.
Earlier this month, the MTDC board of directors decided to sell its biggest asset, Herethere resort, for US$30 million to a company with a majority stake owned by local tourism magnate ‘Champa’ Hussain Afeef.