The Maldives recorded 109,585 tourist arrivals in March 2021, gaining an 83.8% increase compared to March 2020. By 2nd April 2021, the tropical holiday destination also exceeded 300,000 tourist arrivals for the year, 2021.
According to the statistics from the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, the island archipelago witnessed an average of 3,535 tourists arrivals daily during the month. Furthermore, tourists spent an average of 8.7 days in the island nation. Moreover, the daily (arrivals) average increased by 2.16% compared to February 2021.
Looking at the numbers for the whole year, 302,491 tourists have spent their holiday in the Maldives by 1st April 2021. Overall, the island archipelago observed 3,324 tourists arrivals on a daily average. In addition to that, tourists spent an average of 8.9 days in the Maldives during the first 3 months of 2021.
In March 2021, Maldives recorded the highest number of tourists arrivals from India. The island nation recorded 25,690 from the neighbouring country during the month. And even during this March, countless influential Bollywood celebrities have chosen to spend their holiday in the Maldives.
Closely tied with India, 22,826 tourists arrived in the Maldives from Russia. Russia has been an important market in the Maldives’ road to recovery. 7,278 tourists arrived from Germany followed by 5,372 tourists from Ukraine during March 2021. Other leading individual source markets during the month include; Kazakhstan, United States, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Poland and Spain.
3,921 tourists arrived in the Maldives on 1st April 2021. Likewise, on the day, the biggest seaplane operator in the world, Trans Maldivian Airways carried its 100,000th guest in 2021 as well. According to the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, 150 resorts, 11 hotels, 137 safari vessels, and 399 guesthouses are currently operational in the island nation.
The Maldives also aims to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2021. Moreover, the ministry predicts tourists will spend over 10 million bed nights in the Maldives this year.
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