Maldives records over 300,000 tourist arrivals in just 3 months!

Tourists arriving in the Maldives | Photo: Maldives High Commission UK

Malé, Maldives – The Maldives has welcomed over 311,546 tourists into the country so far in the year 2021.

According to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism of Maldives, a total of 311,546 tourists have arrived to the Maldives as of April 3, during 2021, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

While India was second in the tourist arrival market of Maldives pre-covid, India is currently topping the market in the year 2021 contributing to 23.2% of the arrival market. In addition to this, India also topped the tourist market for 2020 with a total of 62,960 tourist arrivals recorded from India throughout the year.

While India leads, Russia comes in second with 21.1% arrivals, as countries such as Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan, Romania, United Kingdon, United States, Czech Republic and France follow on the top ten arrivals list respectively.

The Tourism Ministry of Maldives has noted that the markets have shown impressive recovery results so far in the year 2021 as the Central/Eastern Europe and South Asia region both surpassed pre-covid levels, posting above average growth rates of +102.2% and +74.1% respectively as of 2 April 2021.

Along with this, the Ministry stated that the individual markets within the Central/Eastern European region are also performing with outstanding results as new markets emerge from this region and making it to top 10 market list.

While Maldives has welcomed 311,546 tourists so far in 2021, a total of 8,973 tourists arrived in the first two days of April. Maldives welcomed over 92,000 tourists on January, over 96,000 tourists on February and over 109, 585 tourists on March of this year with the number increasing every month.

With the increase in vaccinated people in Maldives, the Ministry foresees a better future for the tourism sector of Maldives in 2021. The Tourism Ministry is therefore working on increasing the capacity available for tourists.

Currently, there are a total of 37,276 beds available from 159 resorts and marinas, 12,827 beds from 691 guest houses and 13 hotels as well as 2,955 beds from 158 safari vessels. 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.