Average Duration of Stay Increases in March

Photo: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

The Ministry of Tourism has released updated figures for the Maldives’ tourism sector. With a total of 558,233 tourist arrivals so far in 2024, the nation is experiencing a 14.3% increase compared to the same period last year. This ongoing surge in visitor numbers highlights the Maldives’ sustained popularity as a top-tier vacation destination.

March has been particularly strong, with 148,456 tourists arriving from March 1st to 24th. This represents a 7.6% growth compared to March 2023. Tourists are also enjoying extended stays, with the average duration currently at 8.1 days for the month of March and 7.8 days overall for 2024.

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China solidifies its position as the leading source market, with 63,647 visitors accounting for 11.4% of total arrivals. Russia remains a close second with 58,038 tourists (10.4% market share). Italy follows with 53,249 arrivals (9.5%), and the UK continues to be a major contributor with 51,598 visitors (9.2%).

Other notable source markets include:

  • Germany: 41,021 visitors (7.3% market share)
  • India: 33,013 (5.9% market share)
  • France: 22,117 (4.0% market share)
  • United States: 18,785 (3.4% market share)
  • Poland: 13,249 (2.4% market share)
  • Switzerland: 12,603 (2.3% market share)

The Ministry of Tourism attributes the continued growth to a range of factors, including successful marketing campaigns, increased accessibility, and the enduring appeal of the Maldives’ pristine beaches, luxurious resorts, and diverse marine life.

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