MALE, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Tourist arrivals in the Maldives increased 138 percent in 2021 compared with 2020, state media citing data from the Ministry of Tourism reported here Monday.
State-owned PSM News reported that the Maldives recorded 1.3 million tourist arrivals in 2021 compared to 55,494 tourist arrivals in 2020.
The date from the Tourism Ministry showed that India was the largest source of tourists to Maldives in 2021, accounting for 22.1 percent of all arrivals. Russia and Britain accounted for 16.8 percent and 7.2 percent of arrivals respectively.
Meanwhile, Senior Executive Director of the Ministry of Tourism Ali Razzan was quoted by state-owned PSM News as saying that the fifth Tourism Master Plan for the country will be drafted in three months.
The plan will reportedly focus on continuing recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism accounts for over 28 percent of the Maldives' gross domestic product. Enditem