As travel begins to increase following the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the world, the Maldives has just announced a new incentive for tourists – offering jabs upon arrival.
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In an interview with CNBC, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, the Tourism Minister for the Maldives highlighted the country’s ‘3V strategy’ - a convenient method designed for travellers to "visit, vaccinate and vacation". With a plan to entice visitors the Covid-19 vaccine, it is one of the first destinations in the world to launch such an inititative. The offer will be made available for tourists once their entire local population has received the vaccine.
Currently, about 90% of all the tourism frontline workers in the Maldives have been fully vaccinated and about half of the population have received their first dose at minimum.
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When asked about the island nation's supply of vaccine, Mausoom explained, “I don’t think supply’s a problem in the Maldives because our population is relatively small.” As one of the first few countries to open up to travellers, the archipelago nation has a set target goal of 1.5 million tourists arrivals by the end of this year.
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