The number of tourists who visited the Maldives this year has crossed 900,000.
Official statistics released by the Tourism Ministry show 905,817 tourists have visited the Maldives thus far this year. While 92,103 tourists visited the archipelago in January, this is a 46.9 percent decline compared to the same period last year. 173,347 tourists visited the Maldives in January last year. 151,552 tourists visited the Maldives in January 2019.
The Maldives welcomed 96,882 tourists in February this year. This is a decrease of 39.2 percent compared to February 2020, and a 42.5 percent decrease compared to the year before that. The figures for March also remained low compared to 2020, with 109,585 arrivals. 159,630 tourists visited the Maldives during the same period last year.
This year, 91,200 tourists traveled to the Maldives in April. Only 13 tourists visited the Maldives during the same period last year due to COVID-19 border closure. The borders remained closed for almost three months, until mid-July.
The figures for the month of May show an arrival figure of 63,416. While 56,166 tourists arrived in June, 101,818 came to the Maldives in July. The figure increased to 143,599 in August and declined again to 114,896 in September. 34,955 tourists have visited the island nation thus far this month.
1.7 million tourists visited the Maldives in 2019. While the tourism industry is booming at this time, the government hopes to welcome 1.5 million tourists this year.