Tourist arrivals plunge below daily average

Tourists coming out of arrival hall of Velana International Airport. | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Tourist arrivals into the Maldives have dropped below the daily average starting from Monday, 17 May 2021.

While there was an increase in daily average arrivals in 2021, with the highest recorded in March at 3,535, the figure has gradually dropped since with 2,342 to date in May 2021.

While the daily average is at 2,342, a decreasing trend is observed this week with 1,363 tourists arriving on Monday while 1,576 tourists arrived on Thursday, due to the worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic and the surge in daily positive cases in the Maldives.

According to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism of Maldives, a total of 436,601 tourists have arrived in the Maldives as of May 21.

While India was second in the tourist arrival market of Maldives Pre-covid, India is currently maintaining its rank in second place in the year 2021 contributing to 20.5% of the arrival market. India topped the tourist market for 2020 with a total of 62,960 tourist arrivals recorded from India.

Russia comes in first with 22.9% arrivals, beating India. Germany, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, USA, UK, Romania, France and the Czech Republic follow on the top ten arrivals list respectively.

Maldives currently has 162 resorts/marinas, 12 hotels, 695 guesthouses, and 159 safari vessels in operation.

The island destination is open to tourists outside of South Asia, provided they have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure from their original destination. All travellers arriving in the Maldives and travelling internally have to observe a mandatory quarantine of 14 days.

With the increase in vaccinated people in Maldives, and people receiving the second dose of vaccine, the Ministry had foreseen a better future for the tourism sector of Maldives in 2021.