2020 was the worst year on record for tourism. Around the world, international arrivals plummeted by 74 per cent. The start of 2021 proved similarly dire: in January, tourist numbers were 87 per cent down on the same month in 2020. Shuttered borders, no-go lists and grounded planes have not simply put our holidays on hold: they have, at least temporarily, destroyed the livelihoods of many visitor-dependent communities. Some 100-120 million tourism jobs have been put at risk. To ease this strain, many destinations have sought novel ways to win back visitors – from Covid immunisations with a side of luxury, to long-stay schemes, complete with a personal tour guide. The Maldives – where the total contribution of travel and tourism to GDP was 66 per cent in 2019 – is among those planning to offer foreign visitors a vaccine. The scheme has been dubbed “3V tourism”: Visit, Vaccinate, Vacation. Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, the Maldives minister of tourism, told Telegraph Travel: “We hope to offer vaccinations to tourists arriving in the Maldives from the third quarter onward this year. [The] 3V program is offered in appreciation of the trust and confidence tourists have in Maldives tourism.” Thus far, the country has administered enough doses to have vaccinated around 31.6 per cent of the population. With around 540,500 people it’s a less daunting feat than that of the UK’s: the archipelago nation is also, for tourism purposes, ideal for a socially distanced holiday. Private islands and overwater villas tempted back Britons last year while the Maldives had a stint on England’s travel corridor list. And it could be set for the “green list” this year: it meets the criteria of a strong vaccine roll-out and should be under consideration for the islands policy that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he wants to integrate into the holiday traffic light system.