In 2016, the Maldives saw its tourism industry grow by more than 40 per cent, as the tourism industry has grown more than three times in size in just four years.
In 2018, Maldives tourism was the second highest in the world.
While the Maldivian tourism industry is growing, it is also growing at a slower pace than the rest of the country, which has been witnessing a rapid growth in tourism in recent years.
The country is witnessing a boom in tourism, and the number of tourists visiting the Maldis islands and neighbouring countries has doubled in just the last two years.
This is due to the Maldians growing middle class, as many of the wealthy are returning to the island to spend more time and money in Maldives.
In 2018, the International Travel Agents Association (ITAA) and the International Association of Tourism Consultants (IACTC) conducted an online survey to better understand the factors driving tourism growth in the Maldias country.
The results revealed that the Maldia’s tourism sector is growing faster than the country’s economy, and that Maldias middle class is the main driver of tourism growth.
According to the ITAA, the average annual earnings for Maldiis middle class rose from $6,858 to $10,068 between 2018 and 2019, as compared to $2,879 for the average income of all the people of the Maldimari.
According to the IATA, the income growth rate for middle class has been at a rate of 2.6 per cent for the past three years, and has also increased by 3.7 per cent over the past five years.
The Maldi is the fourth largest economy in the Middle East and Africa, and its growth is projected to continue to double every year in the coming years.
According the ITA, the number who have bought a holiday package from a hotel, hotel group or hotel resort in 2018, was a whopping 71 per cent.
It also revealed that of the hotel group that booked a holiday, 40 per to 50 per cent of the total number of guests in the resort were middle class.
The same number of middle class hotel guests in 2018 were also booking a vacation package, with a total of 30 per cent in the total package.
However, despite the increased tourism, the government is not in a good position to respond to the growing middle classes demand for travel packages.
While the Maldive government is working to provide a better quality of life to the middle class families and increase the middle classes purchasing power, the country has also been witnessing massive displacement of middle classes from the city to the countryside.
A recent report by the Global Middle Class Report, released in September 2018, revealed that Maldives middle class lost its majority status to those in the rural areas of the island.
This resulted in many families living in rented houses, or without access to basic amenities such as clean water, electricity and toilet facilities.
In the past 10 years, more than 20 per cent middle class family members have been displaced from their homes.
For the past two years, the Government has announced plans to redevelop and expand a number of cities and towns in the country.
However, the proposals have not been implemented and the middle-class families continue to suffer the loss of their wealth and income.
Maldives Tourism and Economic Development Minister, T.T. Raza, has said that the Government will address the middle Class migration issue in 2019, and said that it will work towards creating an environment that allows middle class people to return to the city.
However the Government is currently focused on building the roads and infrastructure in the city, and it does not have the capacity to ensure that all the families will be able to return home safely.
While the Government seems to be working towards improving the situation of the middle and rural communities, the problem remains, with the middle population being pushed further away from the cities and rural areas.
A report by Transparency International 2017 found that the number and wealth of the poorest citizens of the Middle and Rural States is more than $1.3 trillion in the last decade.
The report noted that in 2015, the poorest 15 per cent was the most vulnerable and most affected, with an estimated loss of $1,732.35 million in assets.
According a report by Credit Suisse, the majority of Maldives income is generated from tourism, with tourism being the second largest source of income for the Maldiams middle class after agriculture.
The Middle and rural middle classes are also vulnerable to rising prices in the cities due to a lack of government investment and the lack of adequate public infrastructure.