Maldives tourism industry observes significant increase in both tourist arrivals and bed-nights by May 2021.
Moreover, for the period of January to May 2021 the total tourist arrivals increased by 19% in annual terms in comparison with a decline of 49% in the corresponding period of 2020.
The tourism industry posted favorable numbers, recording marked growths in April 2021 as well. Meanwhile, the annual increase in tourist arrivals “reflected the base effect of the significant drop in arrivals in May 2020.”
Earlier in 2020, the Maldives government’s decision for an international border closure which came into effect on 27 March 2020 in a bid to curb Covid-19 pandemic spread, visibly dented the country’s tourism industry the economic sector saw a total arrival of just 41 tourists in May 2020.
However, in May 2021 the total number of tourist arrivals to Maldives was observed at 64,613.
During the month, the largest number of tourist arrivals were recorded from Russia, making it the strongest market to Maldives in May 2021 with Germany and United States closely following.
Meanwhile, operational bed capacity of the tourism industry saw a sixteen-fold increase in comparison with May 2020 while a 528% increment was recorded in April 2021.
Furthermore, the occupancy rate increased to 39% in May 2021 from just 5% in the same month last year.
Moreover, the total bed-nights in the tourism industry observed an increase of 35% from January to May 2021 in comparison with a decline of 42% in the same period last year.
However, during the period the average stay decreased to 9.0 days from 23.8 days in the corresponding period of 2020.