Tourism booms in Maldives as visitors top 50,000 in 2021

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

Male’, Maldives – After an epic downfall in 2020, the tourism sector of Maldives has reached an all time high in recent times, having welcomed more than 50,000 tourists in just 17 days of 2021.

As per the latest figures by the Ministry of Tourism, as of 17th January, 50,611 visitors arrived in the island nation, with the top market being Russia, followed by neighboring India and Ukraine trailing behind in third. The statistics further detailed that out of the 50,611 tourists, 12,029 were from Russia, along with 8,042 Indian tourists and 4,292 Ukrainian tourists.

This comes highly celebrated as Maldives moves closer to reaching its target to welcome at least 1.5 million tourists this year.

With the escalating number of tourist arrivals, the country is also increasing its bed capacity to meet the ever growing demand for what many describe as paradise on Earth.

The latest official figures show that currently there are a total of 41,780 operational tourist beds in the country, which include beds from 140 different resorts – all which were granted approval conditioned that all health safety and precautionary measures are met as per the set standards by Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Currently, there are only few restrictions for visitors entering the country, with just the requirement to produce a negative PCR test administered 96 hours prior to departure. However, authorities have made it mandatory for any one arriving from the UK to undergo a 10 day quarantine period, subject to a PCR test, given the current spread of a new Covid-19 variant in the region.