The government of Maldives introduced a new green tax for tourists which will be applicable from next year at a rate of $6 per bed per night. However, guest houses would be exempt from paying the new tax, according to Minister of Tourism Ahmed Adeeb. This will be done to reduce the impact on small and medium businesses. “Since 2013, the guest house phenomenon has been on the rise. We do not want to hinder the development of these businesses so we have decided to exempt guest houses from paying the tax,” Adeeb said.
The revenue generated from the new levy will be spent on resolving the waste management issues in the greater Malé region. The government also plans to remove import duty on construction material needed for the refurbishment of resorts. This step will give a boost to resort development and provide employment opportunities to hundreds of people.