India has become the second-largest tourism market for Maldives

 Tuesday, November 24, 2020 

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On November 19th, the Ministry of Tourism of India has unveiled that for Maldives the country has become the second-largest tourism market.


A total of 5,449 tourists arrived from India as Maldives reopened its borders on July 15th to all foreign passengers, as pointed out by the ministry.


In comparison, 7,512 visitors arrived from Russia, made this small archipelagic island country top source market next to India and the United Kingdom.


Between the two countries, the increased arrivals are particularly due to the ‘Air Bubble’ facility. Set up on August 25th, the Air Bubble helps regular scheduled flights between Maldives and India, with both countries adhering to all relevant public health measures against the virus.


At the time, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid expressed gratitude to the Indian government, mentioning that the Air Bubble will make travel simple mainly for Maldivians going to India to receive medical treatment and Indian tourists who wish to visit the island nation.


In spite of raising the restrictions, Maldives has observed a drop in tourist arrivals compared to pre-COVID figures.


Nevertheless, Minister of Tourism Abdulla Mausoom showed optimism before for the recovery of the sector, estimating that 100,000 tourists would pour into the island between July 15 and the end of 2020. The number currently stands at 59,105 arrivals.

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