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31 Jan 2024 | Wed 06:56
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA)
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA)
Velana Airport
Tourist arrivals for January 2024
Russia continues to top tourist arrival markets
 
A total of 1,142 tourist facilities are currently open
 
A total of 174,400 tourist arrivals have been recorded
 
Russia dominated the tourist arrival markets of the Maldives by the end of 2023 as well

Russia continues to top the tourist arrival markets of Maldives, as the first month of the new year draws to an end.

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

As such, while the new year began with Italy topping the tourist arrival markets of the island nation it has been replaced by Russia, contributing 10.6 percent of the market share with 18,561 arrivals.

Russia dominated the tourist arrival markets of the Maldives by the end of 2023 as well.

Italy has toppled to second spot and now contributes 10.4 percent of the market share with 18,111 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 9.5 percent of the market share, with 16,529 arrivals.

Other top tourist markets so far in 2023 are:

  • United Kingdom contributing 8.4 percent with 14,588 arrivals
  • India contributing eight percent with 13,989 arrivals
  • Germany contributing 6.1 percent with 10,652 arrivals
  • United States contributing 3.6 percent with 6,299 arrivals
  • France contributing 3.5 percent with 6,168 arrivals
  • Poland contributing 2.9 percent with 5,109 arrivals
  • Switzerland contributing 1.9 percent with 3,330 arrivals

Although Kazakhstan was among the top source markets, it has been replaced by Switzerland.

Since the new year began, a total of 174,400 tourist arrivals have been recorded.

The arrival figure has seen an increase of 11.9 percent from the 155,851 arrivals recorded in the same period last year, and a significant growth from the 117,608 arrivals recorded in 2022.

The daily average for 2024 so far, is 6,229 and tourists are staying for an average of eight 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
  • 6,088 tourists were welcomed on January 25
  • 6,625 tourists were welcomed on January 26
  • 7,799 tourists were welcomed on January 27
  • 7,214 tourists were welcomed on January 28

The highest number of tourist arrivals recorded on a daily basis so far this year, was on January 27, when more than 7,700 tourist arrivals were recorded.

Statistics go on to reveal that a total of 1,142 tourist facilities are currently open for services to tourists across the archipelago nation, including 175 resorts, 15 hotels, 812 guesthouses and 140 liveaboard vessels.

61,518 beds are operational across these facilities including 43,123 in resorts, 13,679 in guesthouses, 2,016 in hotels and 2,700 in liveaboard vessels.

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: Maryam Dhaanish Nasheed
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