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Tourist Arrivals Increase by 15% Compared to 2020

tourist arrivals increase compared to 2020
Tourist arrivals to the Maldives increased by 15% in 2021 compared to 2020 while arrivals decreased by 39% compared to 2019.

Tourist arrivals to the Maldives increased by 15% this year compared to 2020. However, arrivals have decreased by 39% compared to 2019.

According to the statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, 440,295 tourists arrived in the tropical holiday destination between 1st January 2021 and 22nd May 2021. During the same period in 2020, 382,775 tourists arrived in the Maldives. Furthermore, during this period in 2019, 722,253 tourists visited the island archipelago.

The statistics reveal tourists spent an average of 9 days in the Maldives this year. Compared to the early months of this year, the duration tourists spend in the Maldives has significantly increased. Likewise, the island nation witnessed an average of 3,101 tourist arrivals per day until 22nd May 2021.

It should be noted that the Maldives’ borders were closed from 27th March 2020 to 15th July 2020.

During the first few months after the tropical holiday destination reopened its borders, a high number of tourists visited the Maldives from the United Arab Emirates.

Also read: Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is the Most Picture-Perfect Hotel in the World

Then, arrivals from Russia spiked after Aeroflot started operations to the Maldives. For the rest of the year, Russia continued to retain its position as one of the leading tourist source markets. In 2021, Russia is currently the leading tourist source market.

The successful recovery of the Maldives’ tourism industry would be incomplete without India. In 2020, Maldives became the most trendy holiday destination for Indians. Moreover, since the Maldives reopened the borders, India was the biggest tourist source market until the COVID-19 crisis in the neighbouring nation.

This year, Maldives expects to welcome over 1.5 million tourists. Other reports from industry experts suggest the island nation will witness at least 1.2 million tourist arrivals in 2021. A recent report from the World Bank reveals that Maldives’ GDP will grow by 17.1% in 2021 and 11.5% in 2022 thanks to tourism.

Feature image by Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
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Canareef Resort Maldives Goes Green: Embracing Solar Panels for a Sustainable Future

The Maldives has been moving towards embracing a more sustainable future, and here is Canareef Resort Maldives' contribution!

Canareef Resort Maldives just took a bold move towards embracing a more sustainable future for the resort. The resort has just announced its initiative to install 720 solar panels on the property, marking a significant step in reducing its carbon footprint.

The final installation process for the solar panels is scheduled to be completed within one month. With this, Canareef Resort Maldives will be taking a major step towards environmental stewardship and responsible tourism practices. Upon completion, the solar panels are projected to generate an impressive 400kw of power. This will be a major contribution towards the resort’s energy needs.

This initiative extends beyond the guest area, as the solar panels cover the resort as well. With the solar panels, Canareef Resort Maldives will have a renewable energy source for various operations throughout the resort. In addition to this being a step towards sustainable tourism in the country, this will also integrate sustainability into the guest experience. Upon completion, the solar panels will provide sustainable energy to everything from the accommodation to the recreational facilities as well.

Additionally, the solar panels are also expected to reduce 10% of the fuel consumption at Canareef Resort Maldives.

About Canareef Resort Maldives

Canareef Resort Maldives is located in the southernmost atoll of the Maldives. This resort offers guests 271 beach villas, 2 restaurants, and three bars to enjoy. The resort is surrounded by turquoise waters, and 25 different dive spots guests can explore. Additionally, historical sites are abundant and protected areas guests can learn about as well.

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