MALE, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced on Friday that 20 new luxury resorts will be opened in the island country this year to boost the number of tourist arrivals.
Local media reports quoting Solih said the 20 new resorts would increase the bed capacity to over 47,000 and this would help Maldives achieve its target of attracting 1.5 million tourists by the end of the year and 2.5 million tourists per year by 2022.
Solih further said mega marketing campaigns were presently underway to further enhance Maldives' exposure in foreign markets.
In 2018, the Maldives attracted 1.4 million tourists and by the end of the year, the country had 145 resorts and 521 guesthouses, boasting a bed capacity of 44,800.
In 2018, China and India were the leading markets for the Maldivian tourism.