Maldives achieves 1.3 million tourists target
Maldives on Monday achieved its annual tourist arrivals target of 1.3 million.
The island nation achieved its initial tourist arrival target of one million in October and announced a revised target of 1.3 million by year-end.
“The Maldives has achieved the 1.3 million tourist visitors milestone today! This is all thanks to the teamwork, diligence, and dedication of our frontline workers, government agencies and tourism industry stakeholders,” a tweet by Visit Maldives read.
At a small function held at the main Velana International Airport Monday afternoon, officials from the tourism ministry, Visit Maldives other relevant agencies welcomed the 1.3 millionth visitor.
With the mid-year school break falling on the New Year period, many locals are going overseas and travelling within the country, while visitor arrivals to the nation have also peaked as the Maldives hopes to end the year with strong arrival figures.
Maldives reopened its borders for tourists of all nationalities on July 15, 2020, with rigorous procedures in place to ensure the safety of tourists and tourism workers.
Tourists are required to fill an online health declaration form within 24 hours prior to their departure, as well as have a negative PCR test result, conducted 96 hours prior to their departure.
In order to strengthen the measures, the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine was initiated on February 1 with the government of Maldives set to provide free Covid-19 vaccines to all citizens and residents of the country in the upcoming months.
Visit Maldives together with the tourism ministry has also launched the “I’m Vaccinated” campaign in order to share a positive message regarding the vaccination of staff working in the tourism sector as well as promoting the initiatives undertaken to ensure the Maldives remains one of the safest destinations in the world for travellers.
The ultimate target is to make Maldives the destination with the first fully vaccinated tourism sector in the world.