A new monthly record of 109,585 tourists have visited the Maldives in the month of March 2021. This is the highest number of tourists to visit in a single month since pandemic hit and borders reopened on July 15, 2020.
With neighboring India in the lead, reaching a market share of 23%, the top 3 markets to Maldives include Russia with a market share of 21% and Ukraine with 6%. Germany and Kazakhstan follow behind in the list below 5%.
The positive end result of the industry and government’s efforts to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 are starting to show as Maldives’ tourism gradually recovers and numbers reach pre-pandemic levels. Latest statistics reveals that arrival numbers are in peak during festive holidays, mostly due to special rates and discounts offered on these special days.
Currently, there are 150 resorts/marinas in operation in addition to 396 guesthouses open across 18 atolls. The total bed number of tourist establishments in service reaches 46,157 including Safari vessels and Hotels.
Maldives' borders opened with rigorous procedures in place to ensure the safety of tourists and tourism workers. Tourists are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to their departure, as well as have a negative PCR test result, conducted 96 hours prior to their departure.
As COVID-19 vaccination drive commenced in the Maldives on February 1, 2021, the Ministry of Tourism also launched an initiative to vaccinate people in the tourism sector to develop an even safer scenario for the industry. As of March 25th, 224,979 people have received the vaccine including 14,898 frontline workers in the tourism industry. The initiation of the vaccination drive is bound to offer hope to the local population, as well as ensure the safety of tourists.
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