Male’, Maldives, 17th April 2022 – As of 14 April 2022, the Maldives has welcomed over half a million tourists to its beautiful archipelago, certainly a commendable achievement towards their aim of receiving a total of over 2 million tourists this year.
The Ministry of Tourism shared this announcement officially via twitter on Saturday, 16 April.
Tourist arrivals to Maldives for Year 2022 crossed #HalfMillion mark on 14th April, with United Kingdom leading the markets for the 1st time ever in #Maldives tourism history. Congratulations and thanks to ALL who contribute and support Maldives Tourism. @MvTourism50— Ministry of Tourism (@MoTmv) April 16, 2022
This year marks a significant change as the United Kingdom has risen as the top market of travelers to the Maldives, contributing to 13.2% of tourist arrivals. Russia, the previous top contender, has fallen to 3rd rank with 10.9% share of the market.
These changes can be attributed to a greater number of arrivals from the UK during Easter holidays, following the opening of its borders. Furthermore, Russia’s suspension of international flights on 8 March 2022 substantially affected its position in the market. Prior to this, Russia had ranked first with 20,082 tourists (15.5%) visiting the Maldives in comparison to the UK following close behind with 18,072 tourist arrivals (11.1%) as of February 2022.
At present, the Maldives is open to all countries and has removed all restrictions such as quarantine and on-arrival testing. However, tourists are required to submit a pre-arrival form and present a negative PCR test result at the airport. The Maldives has administered a total of 937,148 vaccine doses, with 97.5% of resort employees achieving the fully vaccinated status.
Overall, Maldives is making great progress towards its objective of reaching greater heights of success in the tourism industry during its Golden Jubilee year.