• Entering the Maldives to Manage a Resort – 4 Simple Steps

    You have identified a resort property that you would like to manage in the Maldives. You have concluded your negotiations on a hotel management agreement with the owner of the property. You are about to [...]

  • Foreign Tourism Investments to Register?

    “No foreign investor may carry out any tourism related activity in the Maldives except after signing a foreign investment agreement and registering that investment with the Ministry of Tourism”. Sounds like a major policy shift? [...]

  • Supreme Court Decision: What Next for MIRA

    Supreme Court decision in the matter of Moosa Naseer v MIRA is a watershed decision that has identified a significant gap between administrative prudence and legal permissibility. Court’s Findings It is undisputed that the Tax [...]

  • Reopening for Safer Tourism

    A degree of nervousness is palpable among tourism industry leaders, actors and influencers as they all await the country’s borders to reopen in July. Equally as much, an insane amount of anxiety exists over how [...]

  • Embracing Business Interruption Insurance

    The recently published Rapid Livelihood Assessment on the Impact of Covid-19 Crisis in the Maldives gave the first credible glimpse of the extent of loss suffered by people, livelihoods and businesses. Except for those businesses [...]

  • Expatriates to have Valid Documents

    The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has imposed an obligation on all leaseholders of tourist establishments (both under development and operating) to ensure that expatriate employees employed either directly or through subcontractors have valid work permits. [...]

  • The Law behind the Lockdown

    Male, the capital of Maldives, is in lockdown since 15 April 2020. With over a month and half into the confinement, it is evident that people are getting agitated by being restricted to their homes [...]

  • Tourism Lease Rent Applies for Q2

    Update: A day after this post was published, in a televised address to the nation on 20 May 2020, the President of the Maldives has confirmed that tourism lease rent for the later half of [...]

  • Maldives Resorts: Commandeered for Quarantine Facilities

    As a matter of light conjecture, the Maldives is reported to offer the best quarantine facilities – fully functional tourist resorts. As we all know, the Maldives is under a public health emergency since 12 [...]

  • Tourism Lease Rent – Due or Not?

    With 108 confirmed cases in Male, the Maldives continues to grapple with the community spread of Covid-19 in the Male region. As fears of a full-fledged spread of the virus into the rest of the [...]

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