Over 50,000 tourist arrivals recorded by mid-February

Russian tourist Marina Kazakova (C) - the 1.5 millionth tourist to arrive in Maldives in 2019 - is welcomed upon arrival at the Velana International Airport on November 24, 2019 | Photo: Fayaz Moosa

Malé, Maldives – The Tourism Ministry has revealed that over 50,000 tourist arrivals to the Maldives have been recorded so far in February.

Statistics of the Tourism Ministry show that a total of 52,943 tourists had been recorded so far this month. The total number of tourists for 2021, up until yesterday, now stands at 145,046. The single day of most tourist arrivals was on February 14, which saw 4,856 tourists beating the previous record which was seen on February 12.

The top source market for tourism arrivals have been identified as Russia with nearly 31,798 tourist arrivals. India follows closely with 31,739 tourist arrivals while Ukraine is the country with the third highest tourist arrivals with 10,130 tourist. In addition, Kazakhstan has also been noted as a top source with 6,595 tourist arrivals as well as Romania with 6,110 tourist arrivals.

Germany, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Czech Republic are also among top 10 source markets for tourist arrivals to the Maldives this year. Maldives has recorded 145,046 tourist arrivals so far this year, and an average of 3,000 tourist arrivals per day.

The country currently has 641 tourist facilities (43,976 beds) in operation. Maldives is open to all tourists, provided they have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken maximum 96 hours before departure from their original destination. Tourists are issued 30-day visa upon arrival. Tourism Ministry expects to host 1.5 million tourist arrivals by the end of this year.