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27 Jan 2024 | Sat 08:04
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA)
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA)
Yoosuf Sofwan Rasheed
Tourist arrivals for January 2024
January’s arrival figure a 10.3 percent surge from last year
 
Between January 1 – 24, a total of 146,674 tourist arrivals were recorded
 
The daily average for 2024 so far, is 6,111
 
Russia continues to dominate the tourist arrival markets

The arrival figure recorded so far in January 2024 is a 10.3 percent surge from the same period of 2023.

This was revealed by the Ministry of Tourism through its latest weekly tourist arrival statistics publicized on Friday.

As such, statistics show that between January 1 – 24, a total of 146,674 tourist arrivals were recorded.

Since the new year began, the arrival figure has seen an increase of 10.3 percent from the 133,011 arrivals recorded in the same period last year, and a significant growth from the 103,236 arrivals recorded in 2022.

The daily average for 2024 so far, is 6,111 and tourists are staying for an average of seven days.

Looking at the daily arrivals for January:

  • 5,209 tourists were welcomed on January 1
  • 6,640 tourists were welcomed on January 2
  • 5,592 tourists were welcomed on January 3
  • 5,108 tourists were welcomed on January 4
  • 4,993 tourists were welcomed on January 5
  • 6,265 tourists were welcomed on January 6
  • 6,206 tourists were welcomed on January 7
  • 5,265 tourists were welcomed on January 8
  • 5,705 tourists were welcomed on January 9
  • 5,846 tourists were welcomed on January 10
  • 6,309 tourists were welcomed on January 11
  • 6,138 tourists were welcomed on January 12
  • 7,703 tourists were welcomed on January 13
  • 6,984 tourists were welcomed on January 14
  • 5,962 tourists were welcomed on January 15
  • 6,152 tourists were welcomed on January 16
  • 5,549 tourists were welcomed on January 17
  • 5,490 tourists were welcomed on January 18
  • 6,229 tourists were welcomed on January 19
  • 7,571 tourists were welcomed on January 20
  • 7,632 tourists were welcomed on January 21
  • 6,048 tourists were welcomed on January 22
  • 6,050 tourists were welcomed on January 23
  • 6,028 tourists were welcomed on January 24

The highest number of tourist arrivals recorded on a daily basis so far this year, was on January 13, when more than 7,700 tourist arrivals were recorded.

The new year began with Italy topping the tourist arrival markets of the island nation. However, it was recently replaced by Russia, contributing 10.9 percent of the market share with 16,043 arrivals.

Russia continued to dominate the tourist arrival markets of the Maldives by the end of 2023 as well.

Italy has toppled to second spot and now contributes 10.5 percent of the market share with 15,405 arrivals recorded so far.

Although India was among the top three source markets, it was replaced by the China within the last few days. China currently contributes 8.5 percent of the market share, with 12,449 arrivals.

Other top tourist markets so far in 2023 are:

  • United Kingdom contributing 8.4 percent with 12,288 arrivals
  • India contributing 7.8 percent with 11,424 arrivals
  • Germany contributing 6.2 percent with 9,021 arrivals
  • United States contributing 3.7 percent with 5,466 arrivals
  • France contributing 3.5 percent with 5,144 arrivals
  • Poland contributing 2.9 percent with 4,249 arrivals
  • Kazakhstan contributing two percent with 2,897 arrivals

Although Romania was among the top source markets, it has been replaced by Poland.

The first tourist visitor of the new year was welcomed during a special ceremony held at Velana International Airport (VIA) in the early hours of January 1. A Benjamin Duncan Moore, the first tourist of 2024 hails from the United Kingdom and arrived in the island nation on an Emirates flight.

Welcoming the first tourist of 2024 to the Maldives, Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal noted that this is a fantastic start to what promises to be another successful year for the Maldives’ tourism industry.

He expressed keen interest in diversifying and exploring additional markets to reach this year’s arrival target.

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.

Last updated at: 2 months ago
Reviewed by: Fathimath Zuhaira
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