The average duration of tourists’ stay in the Maldives has increased in April 2021. According to the official statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, the average duration tourists spend in the island nation increased in April 2021 compared to the previous months.
The figures (as of 26th April 2021) reveal that tourists spend 9.3 days in the Maldives this month. In March, tourists spent 8.7 days in the tropical holiday destination. Meanwhile, in February 2021, holidaymakers spent 8.8 days in the Maldives.
Statistics show that 81,050 tourists arrived in the Maldives between 1st April and 26th April 2021. During this period last year, the borders of the country were closed. Compared to 2019, this is a decrease of 43.0%.
In total, 379,620 tourists have visited the Maldives in 2021 by 26th April. The country targets to welcome 1.5 million tourists this year. Currently, the biggest tourist source market to the Maldives, India is facing a crisis due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. As a result, the Maldives has temporarily banned travellers from India to visit inhabited islands. However, tourists from India are still allowed to holiday at resorts and liveaboards.
Followed by India, Russia ranks in the 2nd place among the top source markets. And other top markets include; Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Romania, the United States, Czech Republic and France. India was the leading individual source market of 2020 as well.
The Maldives recorded a daily average of 3,273 tourists arrivals between 1st January 2021 and 26th April 2021. The country is undertaking several initiatives to boost tourism including the Maldives Border Miles loyalty program. Likewise, the Maldives’ Tourism Minister, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom announced that the island nation will start a ‘visit, vaccinate, vacation’ campaign.
The tropical holiday destination concluded the year 2020 with 555,494 tourist arrivals despite the pandemic. The country has also claimed the prestigious title of ‘The World’s Leading Destination of 2020’ from the World Travel Awards.
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