Over 64,000 tourists arrived in Maldives in May 2021

The first tourists to arrive in Maldives in 2021 | Photo: VIA

Malé, Maldives – 64,613 tourists arrived in the Maldives in May 2021. With this addition, the total tourist arrivals to the destination is now at 454,383.

While this is a 37.3 percent decrease when compared to May 2019 pre pandemic numbers, Maldives aims to achieve 1.5 million tourist arrivals in 2021 with vigorous promotional campaigns. The island nation received 1.7 million tourists end of December 2019.

The monthly tourist arrivals in 2021 are recorded at 92,103 in January, 96,882 in February, 109,585 in March, 91,200 in April and 64,613 in May.

Russia is the top source market for tourists in May 2021 with 23.3 percent arrivals, beating India that dropped to second place with 19.7 percent tourist contribution. 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, 696 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.