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Maldives Records 64,613 Tourists Arrivals in May 2021

Maldives tourist arrivals may 2021
Maldives recorded 64,613 tourist arrivals in May 2021 with tourists spending an average of 9.1 days in the island nation during the month.

Maldives recorded 64,613 tourist arrivals in May 2021, bringing the total number of tourist arrivals during the first 5 months of 2021 to 454,383. According to the statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, tourists spent an average of 9.1 days in the Maldives during the month.

The daily average of tourist arrivals has significantly decreased in May 2021 compared to other months of 2021. This is due to the temporary suspension of tourist vias for travellers from South Asian countries to the Maldives. In addition to that, several countries issued travel warnings for the Maldives over COVID-19 fears.

However, stakeholders and industry experts remain fully confident the Maldives is a safe destination for travellers. With the island nation’s unique geographical advantage the one-island-one-resort concept, travellers can vacation in the tropical holiday destination with natural social distancing.

While the Maldives recorded 64,613 arrivals in May 2021, the total number of tourist arrivals stand at 454,383 for the first 5 months of the year. Compared to the same period of 2020, this is an increase of 18.7%. But, in comparison to the pre-pandemic figures of 2019, arrivals have decreased by 39.3% during the first 5 months.

Also read: 65% of Employees in the Tourism Industry Received the 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

3,009 tourists arrived every day on average in the first 5 months of this year. Furthermore, by the end of May 2021, Russia was the Maldives’ leading tourist source market with a market share of 23.3%. The Russian Federation highly contributed to the Maldives’ road to recovery.

Followed by Russia, India ranked in at 2nd place with a market share of 19.7%. For most of the year, neighbouring India was the biggest contributor in terms of tourist arrivals. Other top markets include Germany, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the United States, United Kingdom, Romania, France and the Czech Republic.

The Maldives aims to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2021. With arrivals exceeding 450,000, over 30% of this goal has been achieved.

Feature image by Angsana Velavaru
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Explore a Multitude of Football Camps at Siyam World This Year!

As part of its ongoing line-up of five-star experiences, Siyam World Maldives kicked off a series of unforgettable spring football camps. The resort will be featuring star players Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.

Siyam World Maldives encouraged guests to let their football skills blossom over a series of football camps. These camps will utilise the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex and FIFA-sized soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. Participants enjoyed world-class coaching and immersive experiences designed to enhance their football techniques and passion for the sport.

Spanish Goal-keeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo

The action-packed schedule began with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo. He graced the sandy shores from the 19th to the 23rd of March. Adrian is a key player for Liverpool FC and the Andalusia National team. During his time at the resort, he helped younger guests understand how to deal with pressure and develop key life skills. This also included developing a performance mindset.

Football Camp Experiences with Wayne Bridge

Next on the roster was Wayne Bridge who came to Siyam World from from 22nd to 31st March. He is a renowned English left-back, who returned to Siyam World for a second time already. With his infectious energy and wealth of experience from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, Wayne inspired guests to “tackle” challenges head-on and score big on and off the field.

Francesco Totti Lights up Siyam World Football Camp

Following Wayne’s lead was the legendary Francesco Totti, lighting up Siyam World for a second time as well. He visited from 28th March to 4th April. Totti is known for his flair and loyalty to AS Roma. He brought a touch of Italian passion to the Maldives, teaching participants the art of precision and creativity in football. 

Once described by Maradona as “the best player he has ever seen”, the gifted World Cup winner and legendarily loyal one-club player (AS Roma) will be on hand to help holidaymakers hone their football skills and play to their full potential.

Michael Owen Graces the Shores of Siyam World

Closing out the star-studded lineup was Michael Owen. He is the youngest-ever Ballon d’Or winner, who graced Siyam World from the 1st to the 5th of April. Michael Owen is joining as part of the recently announced partnership with Football Escapes. Michael’s lightning-fast moves and goal-scoring prowess electrified the pitch, inspiring a new generation of football stars. Throughout the action-packed week, participants savoured daily football sessions led by Owen, a team of UEFA-licensed coaches, and internet sensation Eman – popularly known as SV2 from his viral YouTube skills videos.

Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 15 seized the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game, from tactics to technical skills. To add to the holiday experience, families enjoyed a memorable parents’ match, providing moms and dads with a chance to showcase their skills on the pitch.

Collaboration with Football Escapes – Rip Ferdinand

Later this year, and in collaboration with Football Escapes, Rio Ferdinand will also be hosting a football camp from 28 October to 1 November. He is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. Ferdinand is famous for being one of the world’s best defenders. He will be bringing the skills he learned whilst playing for West Ham, Manchester United and Leeds United plus the England national team. 

At Siyam World, we are undoubtedly a paradise for sports enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities for both water and land sports. My passion for football, which began in childhood collection jerseys of football legends, is embodied in our FIFTA- regulation football field. We host many football aficionados, including owners of prized jerseys and past champions who still share a deep love for the game. Siyam World is where sportsmanship thrives, providing an unparalleled destination for active trave;ers, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

The incredible resort has had the pleasure of hosting several other esteemed football legends. Italian champion Nicola Ventola graced the resort in January. Additionally, Bobo Vieri and Marco Materazzi also showcased their skills on the pitch. Joining them were players like Juan Sebastián Verón, Esteban Cambiasso, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Carlos Puyol, and Jay Jay Okocha.

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