The Maldives has received over 700,000 tourists in 2021, a rise of 80% from the previous year.
According to the most recent tourism ministry numbers, as of Wednesday, 700,594 people had visited the Maldives since the start of the year.
Tourist arrivals are up by 80% this year compared to the same period in 2020. However, it represents a 35% decrease from the almost one million tourists that visited the Maldives in 2019, a watershed year for the Maldives tourism industry.
Data show that an average of 3,046 visitors arrive in the Maldives each day, with a stay of nine days.
March’s tourist arrivals were the highest on a monthly basis since borders reopened on July 15, 2020. The Maldives welcomed 101,818 guests in July, the second highest number recorded so far in 2021.
Russia continues to dominate the Maldives tourism industry, accounting for 22% of total arrivals (154,380). India accounted for 18.9% of total arrivals, with 132,745 arrivals. Germany comes in third place, accounting for 5.7% with 39,948 tourist arrivals.
The United States, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, and France are also important source markets for the Maldives tourism industry.
The Maldives government anticipates 1.3 million tourist arrivals this year and plans to commemorate the tourism industry’s 50th anniversary in 2022, which will be recognized as the “Golden Jubilee Year of Tourism 2022.”