The island nation of Maldives has welcomed 1,769 tourists from around the world, within 17 days of reopening its international borders on 15th July 2020.
According to a tweet by the Maldives Immigration, the United Kingdom has the greatest number of arrivals with 258 tourist arrival. The British High Commission in the Maldives has revealed that the country was excluded from the list of 67 countries exempted from the United Kingdom’s Global Travel Advisory. The UK government recognized Maldives’ status as one of the top five long-haul holiday destinations for British tourists.
The United States followed with 189 tourist arrivals. The third biggest source market in the second half of July was the United Arab Emirates, with a total of 143 tourist arrivals in the Maldives. Other countries in the top 10 arrivals include Germany (135 arrivals), Switzerland(79 arrivals), Spain(62 arrivals), France(58 arrivals), Russia(58 arrivals), Italy(44 arrivals), and the Philippines with 43 arrivals.
The positive development in tourist arrival numbers reflects a strong demand to return to the island nation. Moreover, recent Google search data has also shown the popularity of the destination among Europeans for next year.