Maldives Expects 2.4M Tourist Arrivals in 2024 Amidst Global Uncertainties

The Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Mohamed Saeed, projects 2.4 million tourist arrivals by the end of 2024, a significant increase from earlier targets. The optimistic outlook comes despite concerns about potential economic shocks that could negatively impact global travel.

In an exclusive interview with TRT News, Saeed acknowledged the tourism sector’s vulnerability to world events but highlighted ongoing efforts to mitigate these risks. To support the ambitious target, the Minister cited the over 500,000 tourist arrivals recorded year-to-date.

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According to the latest Ministry of Tourism statistics, China leads the tourism rebound, with 69,000 Chinese visitors recorded so far this year. Overall, over 620,000 tourists have arrived in the Maldives in 2024.

Bolstering the tourism sector, Minister Saeed noted an increase in flights to the Maldives, including the launch of three Chinese airlines and the resumption of Malaysia Airlines service. Flights from Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and Qatar Airways have also increased. The minister emphasized the Maldives’ welcoming stance towards tourists from all nations and highlighted strengthening ties with various countries.

The government has set a goal of attracting 2 million tourists in 2024, with the Ministry of Tourism anticipating the final figure could reach 2.3 million. This optimism reflects a successful rebound for the Maldives, whose economy heavily relies on tourism for growth and job creation.

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