May 2021 tourist arrival figures not promising

Tourist arrivals to Maldives observe a steady influx which may decline slightly once again | Photo: Abdulla Abeedh

Days after reporting a positive growth of tourist arrivals to Maldives on year-to-date basis, Ministry of Tourism bears news of arrival influx decline for May 2021.

According to the state ministry, tourist arrivals recorded for May reached 42,249 which is a 30.6% drop from the corresponding month of 2020.

Surprisingly, Maldives was under nationwide border closure effective 27 March 2020 until 15 June of the same year.

Statistics for May also reveal the average tourist arrival per day was at 2,485. Meanwhile the average guest-stay during the review period was 9-days.

The silver lining as the ministry reports, is that though May’s figures show a decline trend, the overall tourist arrivals to Maldives since January until last review date shows an upward momentum.

In 2020, the year-to-date tourist arrivals by review period had reached 382,775. However, the arrivals in the corresponding period of current year has already reached 432,019 – which also marks a 12.9% increment.

Meanwhile, initial forecasts for upcoming quarter does not look enticing following the travel ban on South Asian countries amid mounting Covid-19 cases, especially in neighboring India.