Maldives tourism sees 3.7 percent progress by May

By TIN Media | International Published 5 days ago on 4 May 2021
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MALDIVES:

Within the first quarter of 2021, the Maldives' tourism industry progressed by 3.7 percent.

On Monday, the Ministry of Tourism released its most recent statistics, revealing that 396,982 visitors were welcomed at Velana International Airport between January 1 and May 2.

 During the same period last year, the Maldives welcomed 382,775 visitors, while 655,916 tourists arrived in 2019.

Despite a 3.7 percent increase in tourist arrivals in comparison to 2020, this is 39.5 percent lower than the arrivals recorded in 2019.

92,103 tourist arrivals were recorded during January and 96,882  tourist were welcomed during February. Tourist arrivals escalated to 109,585 in the month that followed, making it the highest number of tourist arrivals recorded on a monthly basis since borders were reopened for international travel on 15 July 2020, after nearly four months since the government halted issuing on-arrival visas on 27 March 2020.

So far in May, the Maldives has welcomed 7,212 tourists, with 3,815 arrivals on Saturday and 3,397 on Sunday.

According to statistics, visitors stay for an average of nine days, and 3,254 tourists visit the Maldives each day.

India now contributes 22.4 percent of the arrival rate, up from second before the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe. India is followed by Russia, which accounts for 21.9 percent, and Ukraine, which jumped from 23rd place in pre-Covid statistics to now make up for 5.5 percent of tourist arrivals.

Germany, Kazakhstan, the United States, Romania, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and France are also considered to be some of the Maldives' most important tourist markets.

The ministry boasts of increased tourist arrivals, which were slow at the start of the country's tourism-revival journey. As a result, an upbeat tourism ministry revealed that the source markets are rebounding, with "impressive" results.

Maldives aims to welcome 1.5 million tourist arrivals this year and is preparing to celebrate 50 years since the tourism industry's inception in 2022, which will be known as the Maldives' golden year of tourism.


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