Maldives tourist arrivals for 2021 has topped 300,000 a little over three months into the new year.
Latest statistics publicized by the Ministry of Tourism reveal that India remains the top source market for the archipelago nation’s tourism, as the country’s tourist arrivals reached 307,543 by April 2.
While visitors are staying for an average of eight days, the number of tourist arrivals recorded the same period last year was slightly higher. As such, it was 19.7 percent more with 382,762 visitors having been recorded by March 31 last year.
Tourism Ministry also shared that an average of 3,343 tourists were visiting the Maldives every day based on their statistics.
Maldives celebrated over 100,000 tourist arrivals during March, the highest monthly arrivals recorded since borders were reopened for international travel. As such, 109,585 tourist visited Maldives during March, which was a significant boost in comparison to the 59,630 arrivals recorded in March 2020.
During January 2021, Maldives welcomed 92,103. The number escalated to 96,882 in the month that followed and within the first two days of April, Maldives welcomed 8,973 visitors.
5,052 visitors were recorded on Friday whereas 3,921 tourists touched down at Velana International Airport (VIA) the previous day.
India contributes 23.4 percent of the arrival rate, which is a step up after having been ranked second before the Covid-19 pandemic began sweeping across the globe. India is followed by Russia making up 21.3 percent with 63,523 arrivals by Wednesday and third comes Ukraine, which jumped from the 23rd rank according to pre-Covid stats and currently contributes six percent of tourist arrivals. 17,921 visitors arrived from Ukraine by Wednesday.
Germany, Kazakhstan, Romania, United States of America, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and France, are also considered some of the biggest tourist markets for the Maldives.
By 1 April, arrivals from these countries have been recorded at:
- Germany contributing 4.9 percent with 14,664 arrivals
- Kazakhstan contributing 4.4 percent with 13,124 arrivals
- Romania contributing three percent with 9,013 arrivals
- America contributing 2.7 percent with 8,038 arrivals
- UK contributing 2.7 percent with 7,934
- Czech Republic contributing 2.5 percent with 7,534 arrivals
- France contributing 2.4 percent with 7,181 arrivals
With three more guesthouses having resumed operations since Thursday, there are currently 697 operational tourist accommodation establishments with 46,183 beds across the Maldives.
Out of the 697 facilities being operated, 399 are guesthouses with 7,242 operational beds, 150 resorts with a 34,784-bed capacity, 137 liveaboard vessels with 2,699 beds and 11 hotels currently in operation have a bed capacity of 1,458.
When borders were reopened, at first 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.
The ministry boasts increasing tourist arrivals, which were snail-paced into the beginning of the country’s tourism-revival journey. As such, an optimistic tourism ministry revealed that the source markets are recovering, with “impressive” results.
The country saw a record-breaking 1.7 million tourist arrivals during 2019 and an optimistic government set a vision to break the record with two million arrivals in 2020, which was foiled by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, due to which authorities halted issuing on-arrival visas on March 27 that year.
Nearly four months later, Maldives tourism began reviving and from July 15, arrivals have been increasing steadily over the past couple of months. Maldives was able to exceed its new target of 545,000, by the end of December 2020 and aims to welcome 1.5 million tourist arrivals this ongoing year.
Maldives will mark 50 years since the tourism industry’s inception, in 2022, which is to be celebrated as the golden year of tourism in Maldives.