Russia has become the new top source market for Maldives, as India drops to the second place due to the several travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
As per the statistics published by the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives has recorded 396,982 tourist arrivals so far this year, with 22.4 percent from Russia and closely followed by India with 21.9 percent. Ukraine stays third and Germany is fourth on the list.
Maldives recorded 92,103 tourist arrivals in January, 96,882 tourist arrivals in February, 109,585 tourist arrivals in March, and 91,200 tourist arrivals in April. Maldives currently averages around 3,000 tourist arrivals per day with an average stay duration of 9 days.
India was the top source market for Maldives after the two countries initiated a travel bubble agreement last year. However, tourist arrivals from India has seen a sharp decline as the country struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19, which has put the country’s health care system essentially on life support.