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Reopening of guesthouses
300 guesthouses in the Maldives now open
52,941 tourist arrivals were recorded between January 1-18
A total of 586 tourist establishments have begun operations, with 42,662 beds
5,698 beds are currently in operation
Zunana Zalif
20 Jan 2021 | Wed 07:44
K. Male'
Guesthouses were closed due to Covid-19 pandemic in 2020

The Ministry of Tourism has revealed that there are 300 operational guesthouses across Maldives, currently.

Latest statistics publicized by the authority on Tuesday revealed that 47 guesthouses across 15 atolls have resumed operations, since being given the green light to do so back in October last year.

Guesthouses currently in operation are:

  • Six guesthouses in two islands of Haa Alif atoll,
  • Two guesthouses in one island of Haa Dhaal atoll,
  • One guesthouse in Shaviyani atoll,
  • One guesthouse in Noonu atoll,
  • 12 guesthouses in five islands of Baa atoll,
  • 134 guesthouses in nine islands of Kaafu atoll,
  • 66 guesthouses in seven islands of Alif Alif atoll,
  • 34 guesthouses in eight islands of Alif Dhaal atoll,
  • 24 guesthouses in four islands of Vaavu atoll,
  • One guesthouse in Faafu atoll,
  • One guesthouse in Thaa atoll,
  • Two guesthouses in one island of Laamu atoll,
  • Two guesthouses in two islands of Gaaf Dhaal atoll,
  • Eight guesthouses in an island of Gnaviyani atoll,
  • Six guesthouses in three islands of Seenu atoll.

A total of 5,698 beds are being operated at these guesthouses.

Statistics go on to reveal that 586 tourist establishments, including 133 liveaboard vessels, 142 resorts and marinas as well as 11 hotels are currently in operation with 42,662 beds out of which 32,930 are in resorts, 1,458 in hotels and 2,576 in liveaboard vessels.

Maldives recorded 52,941 tourist arrivals between 1 – 18 January, out of which 25.1 percent is contributed by the top source market since borders were reopened, Russia.

Other top source markets include India with 9,346 arrivals, Ukraine with 4,558 visitors, 2,788 arrivals from Kazakhstan, Romania with 2,158 arrivals, France with 2,054 visitors, 1,832 visitors from Germany, United Kingdom from where 1,800 tourists arrived in the Maldives, United States with 1,213 arrivals and Switzerland with 1,046 arrivals.

Maldives halted issuing on-arrival visas, on March 27 due to the escalating situation of the ongoing pandemic and nearly four months later, reopened borders for international travel on July 15.

At first, tourist establishments such as resorts and liveaboard vessels were given the green light to begin operations.

Guesthouses outside of the Greater Malé Region were permitted to resume operations on October 15. Authorities allowed the reopening of guesthouses in the capital region on December 14.

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Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany
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