Tourism Minister Dr. Abdullla Mausoom has predicted that the Maldivian tourism sector will begin to recover in July.
The current situation of COVID-19 in the Maldives, according to Minister Mausoom, has impacted tourism, and the number of tourist arrivals in June would be reduced as a result. He also stated that though 90 percent of tourist beds have reopened, occupancy remained low. In addition, he stated that the government expects the tourism sector to begin to recover within the following month.
Furthermore, Minister Mausoom stated that tourist employees are facing difficulties, with those who were laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak unable to return to work and others forced to work for a lower wage.
According to tourism ministry figures, around 91,200 tourists visited in April, while 64,613 arrived in May, reflecting a decrease of about 27,000.
The number of tourists arriving in the country has reduced since the government declared that tourist visas for visitors from other South Asian nations would be temporarily suspended.