The Maldives is set to reach a target of 2.3 million tourists by the end of this year, with a strategic focus on retaining its Chinese and Indian market base, announced Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal.
Speaking at the Hackathon event at the Youth Ministry, Minister Faisal emphasized the potential economic growth that can be achieved by investing in technology-savvy youth. He expressed hope for the development of domestic travel applications akin to global platforms like Booking.com and Agoda, highlighting the importance of innovative technology in driving tourism.
In alignment with the demands of the youth, the government is committed to delivering advancements across various sectors, with a significant focus on tourism. Minister Faisal noted that the government had initially set a goal of attracting two million tourists for the current year. However, current trends indicate the likelihood of surpassing this target.
The Maldives has already witnessed a notable increase in tourist arrivals this year, with 170,000 visitors marking a 12 per cent increase compared to last year. This uptick in tourism numbers is a positive sign for the Maldivian economy.
The strategic focus on technology and key market retention, as outlined by Minister Faisal, signals a progressive approach to boosting the Maldivian tourism industry. As the nation leverages technological advancements and strengthens its market position in Asia, the Maldives is poised for significant growth in tourist numbers, contributing to the overall economic development of the country.