0549 GMT March 04, 2021
Statistics publicized by the ministry revealed that 40,426 tourists had entered the Maldives in the first two weeks of 2021, which is 47.9 percent less than the number of tourists recorded for the same period last year, aajje.mv reported.
The ministry also shared that an average of 2.8 tourists were visiting the Maldives every day based on their statistics, and that 4,195 tourists had entered the country on January, 3, the highest number of tourists to travel to the Maldives this year.
Additionally, Tourism Ministry statistics also identified Russia as the top-source market for tourist arrivals to the country. Over 10,000 Russian tourists visited the Maldives this year, making up a 24.7 percent of total arrivals.
Aside from Russia, neighboring India is the next biggest market for tourism in the Maldives, with 5,727 Indian tourists having traveled to Maldives year.
Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Romania, the UK, France and Germany are also considered some of the biggest tourist markets for the Maldives, along with America and Switzerland.
While 583 facilities have been made operational to provide services to tourists, this totals to a bed capacity of 42,300 beds. 36,636 of these beds belong to 141 resorts, and 1,458 are operated in hotels.
According to the ministry, 133 liveaboard vessels operating in the country make up 2,576 beds, and guesthouses have a total; bed capacity of 5,630. 26 international airlines currently operate flights to the country, and the number of private jets traveling to the Maldives has also begun to increase.