8 resorts remain operational amid border closure


Overwater Villas at Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa

Ministry of Tourism reports a total of 08 resorts operational amid the border closure.

Earlier, Maldives government made the announcement of closing the country’s border in light of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.

Subsequently, several tourist properties made their announcement of temporarily shutting down all of their operations.

At the time of the state’s border closure declaration the island nation had 157 operational tourist resorts.

As per the ministry, the 08 resorts which were operational has a combined bed capacity of 1,256.

The resorts which remain operational amid the pandemic and border closure include:

  • Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
  • Lily Beach Resort
  • LUX* North Male’ Atoll
  • OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli
  • Sonevafushi Maldives
  • Angsana Velavaru
  • Velaa Private Island

Moreover, several tourists holidaying at the operational resorts remain in isolation due to the border closure.

Earlier, Maldives government made the announcement of reopening borders on 15 July.

Meanwhile, the ministry reports over 40 resorts will become operational coinciding with border reopening.

Furthermore, the government body notes 25 additional resort properties to reopen in the upcoming month of August and 28 more in September.

Additionally, over 40 resorts will reopen in October including properties of renowned local hoteliers such as Crown and Champa and Universal.

As per statistics from Ministry of Tourism, a total of 382,760 tourists visited Maldives between January and April 2020.

However, in the corresponding period of 2019 a total of 646,092 visitors flew to Maldives.

Thus, the industry’s tourist arrival witnessed a drop of 40.8% in 2020.

Meanwhile a research from Maldives National University indicate an estimation of 450,134 tourist arrivals to the country in the remainder of the current year.