The Maldives has witnessed a significant surge in tourist arrivals, reaching a milestone of 1.7 million for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19. This marks a notable increase from the previous year, signalling a robust recovery of the tourism sector in Maldives. In comparison to the same period last year, the Maldives had welcomed 1.5 million tourists, with the total count at the year’s end standing at 1.6 million.
The government’s budget for this year set an ambitious target of 1.8 million tourist arrivals, slightly lower than the previous administration’s target of 1.9 million. However, with the current pace of arrivals, the Maldives is confidently on track to meet, if not exceed, this year’s goal. Achieving this target hinges on attracting an additional 200,000 tourists by the end of the month.
Indicating a growth of 12 percent compared to the previous year, the Maldives experienced its highest number of tourist arrivals from Russia, with 190,000 visitors. India was not far behind, contributing 180,000 tourists, and China also made a significant impact with 170,000 visitors to Maldives.
The average stay of tourists in the Maldives is around seven days, with the country attracting an average of 5,000 tourists daily. This steady flow of visitors not only strengthens the Maldivian economy but also reaffirms the country’s status as a premier destination for travellers seeking an idyllic tropical getaway.