Significant increase in bookings made by UK tourists

The number of bookings made by prospective tourists in the United Kingdom to visit the Maldives have increased significantly, some foreign tour operators have revealed.

A tour operator based in the UK, Advantage Travel Partners Leisure’s Director Kelly Creeks told Travel Weekly that the bookings for Maldives have increased by 600 percent after the Maldives was recently included in the UK’s Travel Safe list.

Another tour operator, Ice Lolly said the number of bookings coming from the UK increased by 61 percent in the last week.

The Maldives was included in the UK’s Safe Travel list on October 22. One of the largest operators, Kuoni said those who travel back from Maldives will not be required to complete a quarantine period upon return, which is an attractive offer those thinking of traveling to the Maldives.

However, the less number of direct flights between Maldives and UK is a cause for concern for prospective tourists. The only direct flight currently operating to the Maldives is British Airways.

The Maldives closed its borders to tourists on March 27 as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. While the tourism-dependent archipelago reopened its borders in July, it is one of the few popular travel destinations that are open to tourists. The number of tourists have been increasing progressively and the airlines operating to the Maldives are also increasing day by day.