I found this article while using the link referral program "Maldives Sees Unexpected Growth in Tourist in 2007 and 2008".
What's really interesting is that they say there has been a large increase in Asian tourists.
"The Maldives attracted the majority of their visitors from Europe, with most tourists coming from the UK, Italy, Germany and France; there was also a marked increase, however, in the number of Asian visitors, in particular from Japan and China".
That's quite interesting since the main attraction of the Maldives is the diving and beaches.
Managaha - Photo Dawn Hammermeister
I wonder if there is a way to win back some of those Japanese tourist traveling such a long distance to get to the Maldives. Of course we could just wait until those islands no longer exist due to the rising waters of our planet. But then again why wait?