Maldives has surpassed the half-million mark for tourist arrivals this year, according to the most recent Ministry of Tourism figures.
According to the data, the country welcomed a total of 500,406 visitors till June 26, a 40.6 percent decline from the same period in 2019, when the country received 836,032 visitors. However, this is a 29.7 percent increase over the same period in 2020, when only 382,816 tourist arrivals were recorded.
The biggest number of tourist arrivals in a single month this year was recorded in March, with more than 109,000 arrivals, the best performance since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Daily arrivals, which peaked at over 3,000 in the first four months of 2021, have subsequently fallen to 1,837.
With 120,514 tourists as of June 23, Russia has surpassed India as the leading source market, accounting for 24.3 percent of total tourist arrivals. India is ranked second with 89,599 tourist arrivals, and Germany is ranked third with 27,151 tourist arrivals. The top ten tourism markets include Ukraine, the United States, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, Romania, France, and the Czech Republic.
Currently, Maldives has 47,482 beds in 731 operating tourism establishments. The island nation initially set a target of one million visitor arrivals this year but increased it to 1.5 million after launching its COVID-19 vaccination campaign.