The Maldives has recorded 27,182 tourist arrivals from 1st November to 25th November 2020. Hence, November’s figures have already surpassed the previous month’s 21,515 tourist arrivals.
Tourist source markets ranking remains unchanged since 19th November 2020. India is continuing its strong performance with more visitors coming in. Meanwhile, Russia retains the position as the leading tourist source market.
Indian celebrities have made big headlines this month with their stunning vacation pictures from the Maldives. Likewise, other celebs from around the globe have also revealed some fabulous shots from the Maldives holiday.
These are the top 10 tourist source markets (since border reopening) as of 26th November 2020.
Since the Maldives reopened its borders, Russia has maintained the position as the leading tourist source market to the nation. By 26th November 2020, Maldives has recorded 14,855 tourist arrivals from Russia. This is a market share of 22%.
Russia’s Azur Air resumed direct flights to the Maldives on yesterday, 28th November 2020 as well. According to a tweet by the Velena International Airport, the first flight brought over 500 passengers to the Maldives.
In the second place, 7,652 tourists arrived in the Maldives from India by 26th November 2020. India’s strong performance is due to the ‘Air Bubble’ initiative between the two countries. And also the close distance between Maldives and India.
With a market share of 11.3%, India is one of the key focus markets to the Maldives. Furthermore, arrivals from India is expected to further increase with the marketing activities being carried out in the country.
3. United Kingdom
A total of 5,035 tourists arrived in the Maldives from the UK. Likewise, the UK held a market of 7.5%. UK High Commission announced on 22nd October 2020 the lifting of travel restrictions to the Maldives. Hence, travellers visiting the Maldives will no longer need to self-isolate when they return to the UK.
4. United States
With a small difference from the UK, a total of 5,027 tourists arrived on the Maldives from the US by 16th November 2020. Thus, the US ranks fourth among the leading tourist source markets to the Maldives.
Additionally, arrivals from the United States of America accounted for 7.4% of the source market share.
5. United Arab Emirates
4,319 tourists arrived in the Maldives from UAE. This is a market share of 6.4%. In addition to that, the flag carrier of UAE will expand its COVID-19 cover with additional multi-risk travel cover for all customers purchasing a ticket beginning on 1st December 2020.
- Germany: 3,523 tourist arrivals recorded with a market share of 5.2%.
- Ukraine: 2,534 tourist arrivals recorded by 26th November 2020—a market share of 3.8%.
- Spain: 2,013 tourist arrivals recorded
- France: 2,009 tourist arrivals recorded, ranking the country in ninth place
- Brazil: 1,927 tourist arrivals recorded as of 26th November
Despite the huge impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry, tourist arrivals to the Maldives have started steadily growing. The World Travel Awards has also crowned the Maldives as the World’s Leading Destination of this year.