President Mohamed Nasheed today met with Isdhoo Island Council while visiting the island, one of several stops on his tour of Laamu Atoll.
Among the topics addressed was improving educational standards by making the island school a single-session school.
The President also discussed linking Isdhoo and nearby Dhanbidhoo with a causeway, and inspected the island’s health centre, school and the construction site of the magistrate court.
Today, the President also launched the Fonadhoo Sewerage System.
This evening, islanders are invited to the presentation “Kolhumadulu Hadhdhunmathi – Tharaqqee ge Kulavaru” on Gan island, which intends to inform the people of the government’s plans for atoll development.
The Laamu tour is scheduled to include meetings with the local island councils and the opening of a mid-market resort and diving village on Gan.
The mid-market Reveries Boutique resort opening on Laamu Atoll Gan intends to benefit local agriculture and industry while offering tourists a new level of access to Maldivian culture, management claims.
The resort will open in February. It will be one of the first resorts to open operations on a local inhabited island.
With a standard of “comfortable deluxe”, the resort aims to “explore the idea that parts of the Maldives are open for people of all types”, said a management official.
The Tourism Ministry recently endorsed mid-market tourism as a significant factor of economic growth, and an important innovation for the tourism industry.
In addition to water sports, good dining and excursions, Reveries Boutique management has expressed an interest in supporting local archaeological research. Known for its barely-explored Buddhist-era remains, Gan could prove an attractive destination for tourists interested in “real life” Maldives.
However, management has said it will only support archaeological work if there is a demonstrated local interest.
Management adds that Gan’s 20 kilometre length makes it an appealing place for tourists wishing to eat locally and explore Maldivian community life. Noting that “resort life is not real life”, the team intends the resort to foster healthy and responsible living along with guest independence.