Nearly 38,000 tourist arrivals in first two weeks of 2021

Tourist in Velana International Airport of Maldives. | Photo: MACL

Male, Maldives — The Tourism Ministry has announced that Maldives has welcomed almost 38,000 tourists within the first two weeks of 2021.

According to the latest statistics revealed by the Tourism Ministry, till January 13th, Maldives has welcomed 37,926 tourists to the country.

The Ministry noted that this is a 47.5% decrease in the number of tourist arrivals compared to the tourists who arrived during the same duration in 2020. According to the statistics, on 2020, the country recorded 72,262 tourists from January 1st till January 13th.

According to statistics publicized by the ministry, a daily average of 2,917 arrivals were recorded throughout the week. Russia marks the largest source market for the first two weeks of 2021, with a total of 10,002 tourists, consisting of 26.4 percent of all arrivals.

Neighboring India, which attributed to the largest portion of visitors to Maldives last year, secured second place on the list with a total of 5,727 tourist arrivals. Ukraine and Kazakhstan grabbed the third and fourth rankings on the list respectively, followed by Romania, United Kindom, France, Germany, USA and Switzerland.

The Tourism Ministry has targeted to welcome at least 1.5 million tourists this year, and so far the country has managed to welcome 37,926 tourists in the first two weeks of 2021.

Tourism Minister of Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom stated that although Maldives foresees to face more challenges in the future, the Tourism Ministry sees a lot of improvement and success in 2021 compared to the year before.

Minister Mausoom expressed hope and excitement towards the year 2021 and stated that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Maldives will be ready for 2021 with new facilities and developed areas and that “2021 is going to be a year of investment for the Maldives.”