The tourist arrival figure for April is six percent higher than the same period last year.
This was revealed by the Ministry of Tourism in its latest daily statistics, publicized on Tuesday.
As such, a total of 92,156 visitors were welcomed at Velana International Airport (VIA) between April 1 – 17.
The arrival figure for the ongoing month is 5.9 percent higher than the 87,054 arrivals recorded in the same period last year and much higher than the 56,001 arrivals recorded in the same period of 2021.
So far this month, the highest daily arrivals were recorded on April 2, when more than 7,300 visitors were welcomed.
Maldives has welcomed a total of 616,084 visitors since the new year began. This includes 172,499 tourists welcomed during January and 177,915 tourists welcomed in the following month. In March Maldives recorded 173,514 tourist arrivals.
According to the ministry, this year’s arrival figure is an increase of 18.8 percent from the 518,578 arrivals recorded in the same period last year, and a significant increase from the 354,571 arrivals recorded in 2021.
The daily average for this year is at 5,758 and tourists are staying in the Maldives for an average of eight days.
Looking at the daily arrivals for April 2023 according to the most recent daily statistics publicized by the ministry:
- 6,881 tourists were welcomed on April 1
- 7,359 tourists were welcomed on April 2
- 5,766 tourists were welcomed on April 3
- 5,988 tourists were welcomed on April 4
- 5,615 tourists were welcomed on April 5
- 5,452 tourists were welcomed on April 6
- 6,127 tourists were welcomed on April 7
- 5,624 tourists were welcomed on April 8
- 5,400 tourists were welcomed on April 9
- 4,492 tourists were welcomed on April 10
- 5,080 tourists were welcomed on April 11
- 4,893 tourists were welcomed on April 12
- 4,229 tourists were welcomed on April 13
- 4,254 tourists were welcomed on April 14
- 5,307 tourists were welcomed on April 15
- 5,175 tourists were welcomed on April 16
- 4,514 tourists were welcomed on April 17
Figures also revealed that Russia continues to top the Maldives tourist arrival markets. The archipelago nation welcomed its first tourist visitor of the new year with a special ceremony held at Velana International Airport (VIA) for Nikolai Stratichuk from Russia.
As such, the statistics revealed that Russia continues to top the source markets for the archipelago nation’s tourism, contributing 12.1 percent of the market share with 74,441 arrivals recorded from the country by April 17.
Although the country ranked third since the beginning of the year, India has climbed up to the second position contributing 10.6 percent with 65,320 arrivals. 2022 ended with the neighboring country as the top source market for Maldives tourism.
Coming in third is the United Kingdom contributing 9.8 percent with 60,505 arrivals.
Other top tourism markets so far in 2023 are:
- Italy contributing 8.4 percent with 52,032 arrivals
- Germany contributing 7.6 percent with 46,673 arrivals
- United States contributing 4.2 percent with 25,863 arrivals
- France contributing four percent with 24,500 arrivals
- China contributing 3.8 percent with 23,545 arrivals
- Switzerland contributing 2.6 percent with 15,726 arrivals
- South Korea contributing 1.7 percent with 10,677 arrivals
Although Austria was among the top source markets of Maldives tourism earlier, the country has been replaced by South Korea since.
Due to the numerous safety precautions implemented in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside border closure, 2020 was a sluggish year for Maldives tourism. However, 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.
In 2022, Maldives welcomed 1,675,285 tourists. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in his presidential address on 3 February 2022, revealed that Maldives aimed to welcome 1.6 million tourists in 2022. The island nation reached its target with the combined efforts of relevant government agencies, the private sector, and industry stakeholders. The golden jubilee year of tourism held a record of milestones related to the tourism sector. As such, Maldives was crowned the World’s Leading Destination three times in a row last year.
Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom noted that this quick rebound of Maldives tourism to pre-pandemic level is a clear indication of the visionary leadership of President Solih, sound tourism policies and the strong partnership between the government and the private sector.
In his presidential address this year, delivered at the People’s Majlis on 6 February 2023, President Solih stated that the Maldives will be welcoming 3.5 million tourists, annually, by 2028.
Describing the past three years as the most challenging years the Maldivian economy has faced, he noted that the Covid-19 pandemic brought a complete halt to the Maldivian economy.
Highlighting that the Maldives will be welcoming 3.5 million tourists annually by 2028, President Solih stated that this will be the result of all the commenced, ongoing, and completed developmental projects of the administration.
Tourism was introduced in the Maldives in 1972. 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.