Maldives has welcomed the 100,000th tourist since the country reopened its borders on 15th July 2020. The country closed its borders on 27th March 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Initially, the island nation targetted to reach 2 million tourist arrivals by the end of 2020. But, the forecasts were changed due to the pandemic. Newly-revised figures from the Ministry of Tourism indicates the country aims to reach 525,000 tourists by 19th December 2020. Likewise, Maldives targets 1.5 million tourist arrivals in 2021.

Surpassing the milestone of 100,000 tourists in advance of the projections is really encouraging. This achievement is the outcome of a unified#MaldivesApproach to a global challenge.

Tourism Minister of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom.

According to a joint press release by Maldives Immigration, Ministry of Tourism, the Maldives Airports Company, and Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, the 100,000th tourist, Ms. Jasmin Burki, arrived from Switzerland via Emirates yesterday, 12th December 2020.

Additionally, the 100,000th tourist, Jasmin took a photo by the Official Jetty with the special ‘Instagram Frame’ (which highlights the Maldives is the World’s Leading Destination of 2020). Likewise, she received special gifts from MACL, MMPRC and the Ministry of Tourism as well.

Tourist arrivals have started steadily growing since the Maldives reopened its borders. Thanks to the Maldives’ safety guidelines and the unique one-island-one-resort concept, travellers can safely spend their holiday in the tropical haven. Several celebrities have also taken the internet by storm with their stunning pictures from holidaying in the Maldives.

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Local guesthouses have also reopened its doors on 15th November 2020. Moreover, guesthouses in the Greater Male’ Region is set to reopen tomorrow, 14th December 2020. Over 15 airlines are also currently operating flights to the Maldives. Furthermore, the Maldives expects to reach its peak arrival figures during 2021.

Feature image by the Maldives Airports Company (MACL) via Twitter