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The Maldives

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Ateka Desai

on 7 April 2014

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Current Situation
Before Change
Tourism Development & Sustainability
Due to sea level rises, the Maldives will become swamped and disappear
(BBC, 2013)
Tourism and the Maldives
Impacts upon the Destination
Future for Maldives

30% of total gross domestic product
(Zubair et al., 2011)
Job opportunities
More involved with sustainable tourism
(Scheyvens, 2011)
First carbon neutral country in the world by 2019
(Carlsen and Butler, 2011)
Modify their product to become eco-friendly
(The Economist Newspaper, 2010)

High demand
Deforestation, sand mining, extensive paving and sand erosion
Lack of respect
Jobs leakages
Damage to coral reefs and trampling
Damage to infrastructure and biodiversity
(United Nations Environment Programme, 2001)
CO2 emissions - 100 years the Maldives could become dilapidated
(BBC, 2004)
Thilafushi - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2162653/Maldives-island-paradise-Thilafushi-trashed-reduced-pile-rubbish.html

Marine life will become destroyed

Lack of appropriate infrastructure

Evacuation of citizens

Lack of political support

Islands disappear
(BBC, 2004)

Visitor Management Presentation
Ateka, Mavish & Rebecca
Destination Overview
Limits of Acceptable Change
Visitor Management
The Maldives
After Change
Future for Maldives
People will be more educated

Damage limited to infrastructure, environment and economy

Locals will relocate to other areas

Fishing industry may decrease

Will buy more time, but will not prevent future damage
Any Questions?
Thank You for Listening
The Maldives as a Tourist Destination
The Maldives rely heavily upon tourism

LAC can help to simply manage the damage within the islands, rather than reverse the effects

Can only be sustained for a short period of time

Location: SW Sri-Lanka

1,200 small coral islands
202 inhabited islands
87 resort islands
Average temperature: 29-32 degs.
(BBC, 2013)(Visit Maldives, ND)

Why tourists visit:
23% beaches
22% diving and snorkeling
13% peacefulness
13% uniqueness
16% the sun
(Republic Of Maldives, 2011)
BBC (2004) Maldives: Paradise Soon to be Lost, Available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3930765.stm, Accessed on 24/03/14

BBC (2013) Maldives Country Profile, Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12651486, Accessed on 24/03/14

Carlsen, J., Butler, R.W. (2011) Ecotourism Series, Number 8: Island Tourism: A Sustainable Perspective, CABI Publishing, Wallingford

Hall, C. (2012) Paradise Trashed: The Beautiful Island in the Maldives That’s Been Reduce to a Pile of Rubbish, Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2162653/Maldives-island-paradise-Thilafushi-trashed-reduced-pile-rubbish.html, Accessed on 24/03/14

MoTAC (2011) Maldives Visitor Survey 2011, Malé, Republic of Maldives

The Economist Newspaper (2010) Where Survival is at Stake, Available at: http://www.economist.com/node/14742559/print, Accessed on 24/03/14

United Nations Environment Programme (2001) Environmental Impacts of Tourism, Available at: http://www.gdrc.org/uem/eco-tour/envi/one.html, Accessed on 24/03/14

Visit Maldives (ND) Quick Facts about Maldives, Available at: http://www.visitmaldives.info/maldives-facts-facts/8-quick-facts.html, Accessed on 24/03/14

Zubair, S., Bowen, D., Elwin, J. (2011) ‘Not Quite Paradise: Inadequacies of Environmental Impact Assessment in the Maldives’, Tourism Management, 32(2), pp. 225–234
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