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1. Posted by Philicini (First Time Poster 1 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!


Since I was in maldives I am thinking about building up a backpackers guest house with cheap (25 Dollar is cheap there) on a local island !

Since the government opend the local islands for tourists, it is possible to travel on a budget!

I am not sure, if it is the right place for backpackers / travellers but I was fascinated of the local life, of the people and of course the sea :)

On main problem I know is, that alcohol is prohibited in the country!

Because I don t want to spend all my money and no one is coming... I just wanted to know about your opinions?


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3. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 402 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

I see 3 immediate problems you would face.

First, how do they get there? It isn't enough that there be a relatively cheap bed available, there has to be a relatively cheap way to get there. So what low cost airlines fly to the Maldives if any and from Where?

Second, again a cheap bed isn't enough. Can you eat and drink cheaply? Can you get food from a supermarket for $5 to make a meal and can you buy a beer for less than $5? Backpackers or any low budget travellers look for that.

Third, backpackers tend to be sheep. That is, they follow well established backpacker routes in any given area of the world. Trying to get them to add a new area is going to be an uphill battle and it might mean having to have deep pockets to live off until some success is achieved. The biggest reason small businesses of any kind fail is that the person starting them cannot sustain themselves long enough to get to the point of making a profit.

But perhaps the biggest reason it might fail is the no alcohol laws. That pretty much eliminates 90% of all backpackers who would have any interest.

On the other hand, why pick backpackers? They aren't the most profitable market to target by any means. Why not instead look at what group a lower cost alternative might attract and target them? What comes to my mind is divers.

The Maldives is known for diving and there are packages available obviously. Could you offer a lower cost alternative for accommodation? There are plenty of divers who are happy to spend the money to get to a dive site and will pay what they have to for the actual diving but would be quite happy to save some money if there is a lower cost accommodation choice. It's all about the diving, not the 'resort hotel'.

They will stay in dorms, share bathrooms, etc. if it means they can afford to go there and dive. The same is true of other demographic groups like wind surfers, or bird watchers and various others. You just have to have what the group wants in terms of their particular interest.

I would want to visit and see what is available at what price and then run the numbers to see if it would be possible to offer something significantly lower priced. I would then look to 'hook up' with some dive companies.

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