Maldives Celebrates Inaugural Direct Flight from China’s Fujian Province

The Maldives welcomed the first direct flight from China’s Fujian Province yesterday, further strengthening tourism connectivity between the two nations. Xiamen Airlines flight MF8017 landed at Velana International Airport, where passengers were greeted with a traditional BoduBeru performance and presented with special gift packs.

The event was attended by dignitaries, including the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Maldives, H.E Ambassador Wang Lixin, alongside representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives Airports Company Limited, Maldives Immigration, Maldives Customs Service, and local tourism associations.

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China remains a vital source market for Maldivian tourism. The resumption of direct flights from China in January 2023 contributed to a significant increase in Chinese arrivals, reaching over 187,125 visitors last year. This solidifies China’s position within the top three source markets for the Maldives.

The new direct flight from Fujian Province underscores the re-emergence of Chinese tourism in the Maldives. In January of this year, the Maldives also welcomed the first direct flight from Hong Kong since 2020. The destination recorded its highest-ever single-day tourist arrivals on February 12, 2024, with a surge in visitors from China contributing to this notable achievement.

Direct flights and targeted marketing efforts for the Chinese market are expected to drive even greater tourism growth from China. The Maldives anticipates continued success in attracting Chinese visitors, solidifying its position as a sought-after destination.

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