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04 Feb 2022 | Fri 21:56
Tourists at Velana International Airport
Tourists at Velana International Airport
Velana Airport
Tourist arrivals for January 2022
Maldives records 131,764 tourist arrivals in first month of Golden Jubilee year
 
The country saw 139,555 arrivals between January 1 – February 2
 
February’s arrivals so far are an increase of 56.3 percent in comparison to the 4,986 arrivals recorded in the same period in 2021
 
January’s arrivals are a 43.1 percent increase from the previous year

Maldives welcomed 131,764 tourists during the first month of the Golden Jubilee year of tourism 2022.

This was revealed by the Ministry of Tourism in its most recent statistics publicized on Friday.

The statistics revealed that the country saw 139,555 arrivals between January 1 – February 2, of which 131,764 tourists were welcomed during February and 7,791 arrivals were recorded in the first two days of the ongoing month.

January’s arrivals are a 43.1 percent increase from the previous year’s 92,103 arrivals, however it is lower in comparison to the 173,347 arrivals recorded in 2020 and the 151,552 tourists welcomed in 2019.

The ministry went on to reveal that February’s arrivals so far are an increase of 56.3 percent in comparison to the 4,986 arrivals recorded in the same period in 2021. In the same period of 2020, Maldives saw 11,051 arrivals. The previous year saw 12,113 tourists welcomed at Velana International Airport on the first two days of February.

In addition to this, the total arrival figure so far this year is a 43.7 percent increase in comparison to the 97,089 arrivals recorded in 2021. More than 184,000 arrivals were recorded in the same period during 2020 and over 163,000 in the previous year.

The statistics go on to indicate that tourists are staying in the Maldives for an average of nine days this promising year, with daily arrivals being maintained at an average of 4,229.

Daily arrivals for January 2022:

  • 4,036 visitors were welcomed on January 1
  • 6,213 visitors were welcomed on January 2
  • 5,363 visitors were welcomed on January 3
  • 5,224 visitors were welcomed on January 4
  • 3,691 visitors were welcomed on January 5
  • 4,204 visitors were welcomed on January 6
  • 4,272 visitors were welcomed on January 7
  • 5,172 visitors were welcomed on January 8
  • 4,897 visitors were welcomed on January 9
  • 4,374 visitors were welcomed on January 10
  • 4,363 visitors were welcomed on January 11
  • 4,246 visitors were welcomed on January 12
  • 3,953 visitors were welcomed on January 13
  • 3,488 visitors were welcomed on January 14
  • 4,653 visitors were welcomed on January 15
  • 4,719 visitors were welcomed on January 16
  • 4,278 visitors were welcomed on January 17
  • 3,563 visitors were welcomed on January 18
  • 2,769 visitors were welcomed on January 19
  • 3,824 visitors were welcomed on January 20
  • 3,057 visitors were welcomed on January 21
  • 5,249 visitors were welcomed on January 22
  • 4,738 visitors were welcomed on January 23
  • 3,880 visitors were welcomed on January 24
  • 3,590 visitors were welcomed on January 25
  • 3,026 visitors were welcomed on January 26
  • 4,159 visitors were welcomed on January 27
  • 3,597 visitors were welcomed on January 28
  • 4,977 visitors were welcomed on January 29

Although India was the top source market for Maldives tourism by the end of 2021, the neighboring country currently ranks third in the top 10 markets for the Golden Jubilee of Tourism year.

Russia contributes the greatest number of arrivals to the Maldives so far in January, with 24,464 arrivals having been recorded from the country between January 1 – February 2. The country boasts 17.5 percent of the arrival count.

Following at Russia’s tail is the United Kingdom with 14,276 visitors and contributing 10.2 percent.

India ranks third contributing 8.2 percent with 11,438 arrivals.

Other top tourism markets so far in 2022 are:

  • Germany contributing 7.6 percent with 10,655 arrivals
  • Italy contributing 7.6 percent with 10,545 arrivals
  • Ukraine contributing 3.9 percent with 5,507 arrivals
  • France contributing 3.9 percent with 5,440 arrivals
  • United States contributing 3.8 percent with 5,300 arrivals
  • Saudi Arabia contributing 2.4 percent with 3,398 arrivals
  • Austria contributing 2.2 percent with 3,108 arrivals

Before coronavirus began sweeping across the globe, the top 10 markets for Maldives tourism in 2019 were China, India, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, France, United States, Japan and Australia.

The average duration stay recorded during 2019 was six and in the year that followed, it rose to seven. 2021 saw tourists spending an average of eight days in the archipelago nation.

During 2020, Maldives recorded 555,494 tourist arrivals, which was a drastic plunge from the previous year’s 1,702,887 arrivals. Maldives met its tourist arrival target for 2021 in late December and welcomed a total of 1,321,932 tourists by the end of the year.

Maldives reached its tourist arrivals target for 2021 with the arrival of Romanian national Constantin Stelian Emil on 27 December 2021. A colorful celebration was held at the airport to welcome Emil, who arrived via a GullivAir flight with his spouse and two children. Emil and wife spent their honeymoon in the Maldives five years ago and were ecstatic to be back in the Maldives.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in his presidential address on February 3, revealed that Maldives aims to welcome 1.6 million tourists this year.

The ministry at the beginning of the year facilitated the introduction of Homestay in the Maldives as well, with the first of its kind launched in Dhiggaru island of Meemu atoll.

This comes under the president’s tourism development vision and policy to make tourism and its benefits to the island communities, accessible.

It has been 50 years since zealous travelers have been visiting the Maldives which has been drawing in visitors with its picturesque beauty for years. Maldives marks 50 years since the tourism industry’s inception, in 2022, dubbed the golden year of tourism in Maldives.

Dr. Mausoom earlier revealed that Maldives aims to win the World Leading Destination Award during the golden jubilee year as well and expressed hope to reach newer heights in the tourism success story with the inception of the Homestay tourism.

Last updated at: 3 months ago
Reviewed by: Hussain Makhuthoom
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