NewsFebruary 19, 2024

Maldives Collaborate with USAID on Eco-Tourism Expansion

The Ministry of Tourism announced a plan to develop eco-tourism initiatives with the support of USAID, aiming to diversify and enhance Maldives’ tourism sector. The project will focus on promoting environmentally responsible tourism practices and experiences.

Eco-tourism focuses on travel to natural areas that prioritise conservation, education, and the well-being of local communities. It offers a sustainable alternative to traditional tourism, minimising negative impacts on the environment while showcasing the unique biodiversity and cultural heritage of a destination.


The Ministry of Tourism will compile a list of locations throughout the Maldives that offer exceptional natural environments suitable for eco-tourism activities. Efforts will be made to establish environmentally conscious tourism facilities in these selected areas.

An additional priority of the initiative is to develop a ranking system for tourism service providers based on their environmental sustainability practices. Furthermore, the Ministry will designate specific zones across the Maldives dedicated to eco-tourism activities.

The project will be officially launched at a special event scheduled for this evening. This initiative underscores the Maldives’ commitment to fostering sustainable tourism practices while expanding its appeal to environmentally conscious travellers.

Feature Photo: Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa