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Top 10 Tourist Markets since Border Reopening—As of 19th November 2020

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The top 10 tourist source markets to the Maldives (as of 19th November 2020), since the country reopened its borders on on 15th July 2020.

The Maldives has recorded 18,723 tourist arrivals from 1st November to 18th November 2020. While the figures remain low compared to pre-pandemic arrivals, Maldives is steadily regaining visitors. Furthermore, statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism reveals tourists are spending an average of 9.2 nights in the Maldives this month.

As of 19th November 2020, India has climbed the ranks to become the 2nd biggest tourist market since the border reopening. Popular Indian including the likes of Katrina Kaif, Tiger Shroff, Vedhika, Dheeraj Dhoopar and Masaba Gupta have spent their getaways in the Maldives this month. Meanwhile, Russia still retains its position as the leading tourist source market.

Top 10 Tourist Markets Since the Border Reopening (as of 19th November)

01 – Russia

12,961 Tourists arrived in the Maldives from Russia by 19th November 2020. The Russian federation continues to maintain its status as the leading tourist source market. Furthermore, Russia holds a market share of 21.9%.

The flag carrier of Russia, Aeroflot will also increase the frequency of flights to the Maldives. Moreover, Rossiya Airlines (which is a part of the Aeroflot Group) has announced to commence operations to the Maldives.

02 – India

By 19th November 2020, 5,449 tourists from India have arrived in the Maldives. Furthermore, India claimed a market share of 9.2%. A close neighbour of the island nation, India is one of the strongest tourist source markets. In 2019, the Maldives saw a robust growth from Indian tourist arrivals as well.

India is a key focus market for the Maldives on its road to recovery. Likewise, tourist arrivals from India are further expected to increase with the holiday season.

03 – United Kingdom

The UK claimed the position as the third-biggest tourist source market in terms of tourist arrivals by 19th November 2020. According to statistics, 4,745 tourists arrived from the UK to the island destination. This is a market share of 8.0%. Last month, the UK also lifted its travel restrictions to the Maldives as well.

04 – United States

A total of 4,396 tourists arrived on the Maldives from the US by 19th November 2020. Thus, the US ranks fourth among the leading tourist source markets to the Maldives. Moreover, arrivals from the United States of America accounts for 7.4% of the source market share.

05 – United Arab Emirates

Followed by the United States, the United Arab Emirates ranks as the fifth leading tourist source market. 4,051 tourists arrived in the Maldives from UAE, a market share of 6.9%. Furthermore, the flag carrier of UAE, Emirates carried the highest number of tourists to the Maldives, since the border reopening.

06 – Germany: 3,104 tourist arrivals recorded with a market share of 5.3%.
07 – Ukraine: 2,236 tourist arrivals recorded by 19th November 2020—a market share of 3.8%.
08 – France: 1,905 tourist arrivals recorded
09 – Spain: 1,896 tourist arrivals recorded ranking the country in ninth place
10 – Brazil: 1,721 tourist arrivals recorded as of 19th November

The Maldives aims to reach 500,000 tourist arrivals by the end of 2020. As of 18th November 2020, a total of 441,952 tourists have arrived in the holiday destination. 382,760 of these tourists visited the Maldives before it closed the borders.

While the global COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the Tourism Industry of the Maldives, tourists arrivals have now steadily been growing. In addition to that, a large number of guesthouses in the Maldives has also reopened. Meanwhile, the majority of the resorts in the Maldives now remain operational.

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