Year-to-date tourist arrivals in Maldives drop 65%


The year-to-date tourist arrivals to Maldives saw a visible decline of 65.1% as per recent statistics.

Moreover, the tourist arrivals to Maldives come directly impacted due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Earlier, Maldives government made declaration of closing its borders and halting on-arrival tourist visas on 27 March 2020.

Prior to the border closure, Maldives tourist arrival count hit approximately over 300,000.

As per the current statistics, the total number of arrivals – adjusted to the most recent review period – hit 402,089.

Furthermore the statistics reveal Maldives have attracted a total of 16,405 travelers into the country post border reopening till review date.

Statistics further indicate a total of 971 registered tourist establishments as of August 2020 – which is a combined bed capacity of 52,460.

Meanwhile, this is a 5.5% increment in comparison with the same period of 2019.

According to Ministry of Tourism, total tourist establishments registered as of August 2019 was at 892.

Though registered tourist establishments saw an increment, only 164 of these avenues are operational.

As such, this translates to a combined bed capacity of 19,223.

On the other hand the Maldives occupancy rate with regards to tourism, stood at 11.3% during review period. However, occupancy rate stood at 62.4% in the corresponding period last year.

While safari vessels and liveaboards have become operational along with tourist resorts, guesthouses still remain in business limbo.

Guesthouses outside of Greater Male’ Region expect an October reopening. Precisely on 15 October 2020.

However, guesthouses in Greater Male’ Region will not reopen until November according to Ministry of Tourism.

Maldives, which holds tourism as its central economic component, saw a severe blowback in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier reports claim over 11,000 tourist resort employees losing their jobs amid the pandemic’s severity.