More than 200 tourist establishments in Maldives operational

A guest relations officer from a resort (R) converses with a tourist (L) at Velana International Airport. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Tourism Ministry of Maldives has stated that 223 tourism establishments in the Maldives are currently operational. 

Information shared by the Ministry regarding the latest operational development of the Maldivian tourism industry shows that more than 24,000 beds were operational in the Maldives. The figure is from 223 establishments in total. 

Maldives reopened its borders after nearly four months in lockdown due to COVID-19. On July 15, when the country reopened, 37 resorts in total were operational. The industry is slowly but steadily resurging in the aftermath of the pandemic. 

In July, Maldives received just 1,752 tourists while in August the figure rose exponentially to 7,628. In September 9,538 tourists arrived in the Maldives. So far in October, 3,140 tourists have arrived. 

Local tourism establishments such as guesthouses are preparing to reopen on October 15. The Ministry estimates that this would increase tourist arrivals significantly. 

Special guidelines to ensure tourist safety are now being rolled out to local islands. They include a 72 hour negative PCR test which is mandatory for all tourists.