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Tourist arrival to the Maldives has decreased in April 2021 after a slow increase in tourists arrivals in March 2021. According to the data published by the Ministry of Tourism, tourist arrivals decreased by 24.39% in April 2021 compared to March 2021. The sudden drop in tourist arrivals is speculated to be linked to the severe COVID19 outbreak in neighboring India.

Comparatively, tourist arrivals has been weaker in 2021 compared to that of 2020 and 2019. In 2019, the total number of arrivals was from January to April 2019 was recorded at 630,015 while it was measured at 382,762 in COVID19. The number of arrivals within the same period in 2021 is comparatively lower to that of both 2020 and 2019 with a comparative decrease of -43.7% for 2021  when compared to 2019.

The data also revealed that India 22.4% of tourists arrivals were from India while Russia followed with 21.6%. Moreover the data also showed that resort islands still held the majority control of the market with 75% of tourist arrivals belonging to tourists booked to stay at resort islands. Guest houses accounted for 16% of the arrivals while Safaris and Hotels accounted for 6% and 3% respectively.

The number of tourist arrivals is expected to further decrease in May and June and the Maldives Immigration has issued restrictive measures against tourists and travelers coming from India in order to minimize the chances of another wave of COVID19 in the Maldives.

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