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03 May 2024 | Fri 13:10
Tourist being welcomed at VIA
Tourist being welcomed at VIA
Velana Airport
Tourist arrivals for 2024
Maldives welcomes 772,000 tourists so far this year
 
772,651 tourists were welcomed by April 30
 
This year's arrival figure so far is a 12.3 percent increase from the same period last year
 
China continues to top the Maldives’ tourist arrival markets

Maldives has welcomed more than 772,000 tourists so far this year.

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

As such, the ministry’s statistics revealed that since the new year began, Maldives has welcomed a total of 772,651 visitors.

During January the country welcomed 192,385 visitors, followed by 217,392 in February and 194,227 during March and 168,647 during April.

The ministry revealed that arrivals so far this year, are a 12.3 percent increase from the 688,285 arrivals recorded in the same period last year, and a significant growth from the 576,804 arrivals recorded in 2022.

The daily average for 2024 so far, is 6,512 and tourists are staying for an average of eight days.

April’s arrivals were a 2.6 percent increase in comparison to the 164,357 arrivals recorded in the same period last year and much higher than the 145,280 arrivals recorded in the same period of 2022.

About 5,840 tourists are arriving on average every day during this month, and tourists are staying in the Maldives for seven days.

Looking at the daily arrivals for April:

  • 5,297 tourists were welcomed on April 1
  • 6,114 tourists were welcomed on April 2
  • 4,943 tourists were welcomed on April 3
  • 4,976 tourists were welcomed on April 4
  • 5,533 tourists were welcomed on April 5
  • 6,906 tourists were welcomed on April 6
  • 6,802 tourists were welcomed on April 7
  • 5,829 tourists were welcomed on April 8
  • 6,424 tourists were welcomed on April 9
  • 6,441 tourists were welcomed on April 10
  • 6,639 tourists were welcomed on April 11
  • 6,232 tourists were welcomed on April 12
  • 6,122 tourists were welcomed on April 13
  • 6,349 tourists were welcomed on April 14
  • 5,256 tourists were welcomed on April 15
  • 5,026 tourists were welcomed on April 16
  • 4,399 tourists were welcomed on April 17
  • 4,542 tourists were welcomed on April 18
  • 4,664 tourists were welcomed on April 19
  • 5,578 tourists were welcomed on April 20
  • 6,189 tourists were welcomed on April 21
  • 4,685 tourists were welcomed on April 22
  • 4,625 tourists were welcomed on April 23
  • 5,402 tourists were welcomed on April 24
  • 5,131 tourists were welcomed on April 25
  • 5,396 tourists were welcomed on April 26
  • 6,360 tourists were welcomed on April 27
  • 6,261 tourists were welcomed on April 28

The highest number of tourist arrivals recorded on a daily basis so far this year, was on February 10, when more than 10,000 tourist arrivals were recorded.

Further, statistics go on to reveal that while the new year began with Italy topping the tourist arrival markets of the island nation it was replaced by Russia for a few weeks and China currently sits at the top of the list, contributing 10.9 percent of the market share with 83,835 arrivals by April 30.

Although the United Kingdom ranked second place for the past few weeks, it was recently replaced by the Russia once more. Russia now contributes 10 percent of the market share with 77,632 arrivals recorded so far.

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

UK currently ranks third place in the top 10 markets, contributing 9.7 percent of the market share with 75,253arrivals.

Although India was among the top three source markets into the beginning of the year, it was replaced by China.

Other top tourist markets so far in 2024 are:

  • Italy contributing 9.1 percent with 70,514 arrivals
  • Germany contributing 7.8 percent with 60,033 arrivals
  • India contributing 5.5 percent with 42,638 arrivals
  • France contributing 3.8 percent with 29,297 arrivals
  • United States contributing 3.5 percent with 27,052 arrivals
  • Switzerland contributing 2.6 percent with 19,710 arrivals
  • Poland contributing 2.1 percent with 16,243 arrivals

The first tourist visitor of the new year was welcomed during a special ceremony held at VIA in the early hours of January 1.

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. Maldives welcomed 1.8 million tourists in 2023 and aspires to welcome two million tourists this year.

Tourism was introduced in the Maldives in 1972. It has been 52 years since zealous travelers have been visiting the Maldives which has been drawing in visitors with its picturesque beauty for years.

Last updated at: 1 month ago
Reviewed by: Maryam Dhaanish Nasheed
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