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Maldives Records Over 400,000 Tourist Arrivals in 2021

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru dining
According to the statistics from the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives recorded over 400,000 tourist arrivals by 4th May 2021.

The Maldives surpassed 400,000 tourist arrivals by 4th May 2021. According to the statistics from the Maldives’ ministry of tourism, the island archipelago recorded 401,361 tourist arrivals by 4th May.

While the island nation surpassed 400,000 tourist arrivals, Russia has overtaken India and became the Maldives’ leading tourist source market of 2021 in terms of arrivals. Since the tropical holiday destination reopened in borders in 2020, Russia played a key role in the Maldives’ road to recovery.

According to the latest statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, Russia is the no.1 market with a market share of 22.5% as of 4th May 2021. Arrivals from India has gradually decreased due to the COIVD-19 crisis in the country. Likewise, the Maldives has temporarily banned Indian tourists from holidaying on inhabited islands (they can still vacation at resorts and liveaboards).

From 1st January 2021 to 4th May 2021, an average of 3,237 tourists arrived in the Maldives per day. Likewise, compared to this period last year, arrivals have increased by 4.9%. However, compared to the same period of 2019 (before the pandemic), this is a decrease of 39.5%.

Also read: 99% of Resort Employees in the Maldives Received the First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

A total of 722 tourist accommodation facilities are operational in the Maldives, as of 4th May 2021. This includes; 154 resorts, 421 guesthouses, 137 safari vessels, and 10 hotels.

The Maldives aims to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2021. At the current rate, the island nation is on track to achieve this goal. World Bank projects that Maldives’ GDP will grow by 17.1% this year, thanks to tourism.

However, despite the positive outlook, World Bank projects Maldives’ recovery from the pandemic depends on the uncertain recovery of global tourism and aviation industries. As the industry suffered immeasurable losses in 2020, tourism and aviation aren’t predicted to recover to the pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023 (or beyond).

Feature image by Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
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Experience the Thrill of Summer with the Family Fun Summer Package at Sheraton Maldives!

Summer is almost here and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is inviting families to experience the breathtaking paradise of the Maldives. Travellers can now explore the thrill of summer and more at Sheraton Maldives with the ‘Family Fun Summer’ Package. If you were thinking about booking a family trip this one is perfect for you. With this amazing package children under 12 dine and stay for free! Families can also immerse themselves in a host of specially curated experiences. This includes educational kids club programs, coral propagation activities, as well as culinary and wellness journeys, all-embracing sustainable travel and catering to eco-conscious travellers.

Families planning a tropical getaway this summer can look forward to exciting adventures at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. The five-star resort welcomes families to explore the natural splendour of North Male Atoll on the private island of Furanafushi. Guests can choose from a range of premium villas and overwater bungalows that feature breathtaking views of the lush gardens, pristine white-sand beaches, shimmering blue lagoon, or the Indian Ocean.

Explore the Signature Side by Side Family Program this Summer

Guests can delve into the resort’s signature ‘Side by Side’ Family Program, designed to create memorable moments that bring families together. From cooking classes, mom and daughter face mask making, and Maldivian palm weaving to engaging fun games, ‘Side By Side’ promises cherished memories for families. The resort boasts seven restaurants and bars, each offering a variety of delectable menus sourced with fresh organic produce from Chef Garden and Furana Organic Garden, perfect for families.

A Touch of Sustainability with the Adopt a Coral Activity!

Guests are also invited to participate in the ‘Adopt A Coral’ – coral planting activity led by the resident Marine Biologist and learn about coral propagation to help grow new colonies in the resort’s lagoon. This program, part of Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy, allows guests to create meaningful travel experiences. Families can enjoy a guided snorkelling tour or join a dolphin cruise on a traditional Maldivian Cruise Dhoni.

Enjoy More with the Family Fun Summer Package

With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ package, guests can savour daily breakfasts and buffet dinners. This includes Feast Restaurant or you can enjoy three-course à la carte meals at select restaurants. Kids will receive a special welcome amenity, and children under 12 can stay and dine for free. Additionally, complimentary access to the Kid’s Club is provided for children ages 4 to 12. The resort is conveniently accessible by a complimentary 15-minute speedboat ride, ensuring a stress-free journey for families.

Guests can reserve their extraordinary summer retreat before May 31, 2024. This is valid for stays until September 30, 2024. With this, guests can enjoy other benefits such as daily breakfasts and dinners, and complimentary access to the gym and kids’ club. Moreover, guests can also enjoy non-motorized water sports activities. For more information, visit the website at or book the Family Fun Summer package here. Marriott Bonvoy members can seamlessly earn and redeem their points on stays and experiences at the resorts. 

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