51,354 tourists have arrived in the Maldives since the border reopening, as of 11th November 2020. While this figure is significantly low compared to pre-pandemic arrivals, the tourism arrivals to the Maldives is steadily growing. Here are the top 10 Tourist source markets since the island nation reopened its borders.

01 – Russia

Russia once again retained its position as the leading tourist source market to the Maldives. As of 11th November 2020, a total of 11,240 tourists have arrived from Russia to the Maldives since the border reopening. According to the Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism, Russia holds a market share of 21.9% (as of 11th November).

The flag carrier of Russia, Aeroflot will also increase flight frequency to the Maldives from 21st November 2020. The airline currently operates 4 flights per week to the Maldives. Additionally, Rossiya Airlines (a part of the Aeroflot group) has also announced to start operations to the Maldives. This airline wi operate 1 weekly flight until 21st March 2021.

02 – United Kingdom

Followed by Russia, 4,468 tourists arrived to the Maldives from the United Kingdom since the border reopening. The United Kingdom always been one of strongest tourist source markets to the Maldives.

Last month, UK also lifted its travel restrictions to the Maldives. From 25th onwards, tourists visiting the island nation from UK would no longer be required to self-isolate upon flying back to the UK. Additionally, British Airways also resumed flights to the Maldives last month. The airline is flying 3 times a week to the Maldives from London Heathrow.

03 – United States of America

The United States of America (USA) ranks third among the top 10 tourist source markets since the borders reopened. 3,927 tourists arrived on the Maldives from the USA as of 11th November 2020. Arrivals from the United States account for 7.6% of the source market share.

04 – United Arab Emirates

From 15th July to 11th November 2020, 3,858 tourists arrived on the Maldives from the United Arab Emirates. So, UAE ranked as the 4th leading tourist source market. The largest airline of UAE, Emirates has increased its flight frequency to the Maldives last month as well.

05 – India

The neighboring India is a key focus markets for the Maldives on its road to recovery. 3,418 tourists arrived from India with a market share of 6.7%. In 2019, the Indian tourist market ranked as the 2nd leading source market.

Various Bollywood celebrities have also spent their getaways in the Maldives recently. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani are spending their getaways in the Maldives. Meanwhile, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif also revealed that she’s on a shoot in the Maldives.

06 – Germany

2,592 tourists arrived from Germany by 11th November 2020. The largest airline in Germany (2nd largest in Europe), Lufthansa officially resumed its operations to the Maldives last month as well. Lufthansa is operating flights between Frankfurt, Germany and the Maldives.

07 – Ukraine: 1,993 arrivals
08 – France: 1,843 arrivals
09 – Spain: 1,805 arrivals
10 – Brazil: 1,459 arrivals

This November 2020, tourist arrivals have exceeded over 10,000. Meanwhile, in October 2020, the Maldives recorded 21,515 tourist arrivals. Furthermore, the total number of tourist arrivals to the Maldives reached 434,201 by 11th November 2020.

Feature image by The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort