Maldives welcomed a total of 1,528,841 tourists by Wednesday.
This was revealed by the Ministry of Tourism in its latest weekly statistics, publicized on Friday.
As such, the ministry’s figures reveal that Maldives has welcomed a total of 1,528,841 tourists between January 1 – December 7. This is an increase of 28.1 percent from 2021 but a 2.3 percent decline from 2019.
This means that Maldives is inching closer to its tourist arrival target for the promising year, just a little less than 100,000 tourists shy of meeting its tourist arrival target.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in his presidential address on February 3, revealed that Maldives aims to welcome 1.6 million tourists this year. Maldives welcomed its one millionth tourist of the year on August 13.
The highest tourist arrivals figure so far this month was recorded on December 3, when more than 6,000 visitors were welcomed.
December’s figure is an increase of 5.1 percent from the previous year and a 12.6 percent increase from 2019’s figure in the same period.
Looking at the daily arrivals for December:
- 5,863 tourists were welcomed on December 1
- 5,092 tourists were welcomed on December 2
- 6,100 tourists were welcomed on December 3
- 5,839 tourists were welcomed on December 4
- 4,818 tourists were welcomed on December 5
- 5,310 tourists were welcomed on December 6
The daily average for this year remains at 4,573 and tourists are staying in the Maldives for an average of eight days.
The total arrival figure so far this year, includes 131,764 tourists welcomed during January, 149,008 tourist arrivals during February, 150,739 tourists welcomed during March and 145,280 tourists welcomed during April. 125,522 tourists were welcomed during May followed by 110,889 tourists in June and 133,561 tourists welcomed during July. In August, Maldives welcomed 131,862 tourists, followed by 111,986 in September.
In October, the archipelago nation observed 153,737 arrivals.
Maldives welcomed a total of 146,886 tourists during November.
So far in December, 37,598 tourists have been welcomed.
The statistics go on to reveal that India remains the top source market for the archipelago nation’s tourism as the year draws closer to ending.
As such, India is the top tourist market for Maldives, contributing 14.2 percent of the total arrival figure as of December 7 with a total of 216,387 arrivals recorded.
Second comes Russia, contributing 12.2 percent with 186,114 arrivals.
Coming in third is the United Kingdom contributing 10.8 percent with 164,973 arrivals.
Other top tourism markets so far in 2022 are:
- Germany contributing 8.2 percent with 124,778 arrivals
- Italy contributing 5.6 percent with 85,330 arrivals
- United States contributing 4.8 percent with 73,382 arrivals
- France contributing 2.8 percent with 43,227 arrivals
- Spain contributing 2.6 percent with 40,228 arrivals
- South Korea contributing 2.2 percent with 33,388 arrivals
- Switzerland contributing 2.1 percent with 32,193 arrivals
The statistics reveal that arrivals from the South Korean market have been increasing over recent days.
2020 was a sluggish year for Maldives tourism due to the numerous safety precautions implemented in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside border closure. Tourist arrivals began to bounce back with the easing of travel restrictions as well as safety measures against Covid-19 in 2021.
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.
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.
Tourism was introduced in the Maldives in 1972.