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04 Jun 2024 | Tue 16:19
Tourists at Velana International Airport
Tourists at Velana International Airport
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Tourist arrivals for 2024
Maldives welcomes more than 903,000 tourists
Arrivals for 2024 are a 10 percent surge from the previous year
Between June 1 – 3, 11,530 tourists were welcomed
China continues to top tourist arrival markets

Maldives has welcomed more than 903,000 tourists, so far this year.

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

As such, statistics revealed that Maldives has welcomed a total of 903,775 visitors since 2024 began.

During January the country welcomed 192,385 visitors, followed by 217,392 in February, 194,227 during March, 168,647 during April and 119,875 in May.

Between June 1 – 3, 11,530 tourists were welcomed at Velana International Airport (VIA).

The ministry revealed that arrivals so far this year, are a 10 percent increase from the 821,248 arrivals recorded in the same period last year, and a significant growth from the 713,600 arrivals recorded in 2022.

The daily average for 2024 so far, is 5,831 and tourists are staying for an average of eight days.

The arrivals for the sixth month of the year, are a 3.9 percent decline in comparison to the 12,004 arrivals recorded in the same period last year and much less than the 11,266 arrivals recorded in the same period of 2022.

About 3,843 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 June:

  • 3,519 tourists were welcomed on June 1
  • 3,793 tourists were welcomed on June 2
  • 4,218 tourists were welcomed on June 3

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 11.3 percent of the market share with 102,075 arrivals by June 3.

Although the United Kingdom ranked second place for the past few weeks, it was recently replaced by Russia once more. Russia now contributes 10.1 percent of the market share with 91,618 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 9.5 percent of the market share with 85,840 arrivals.

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 8.4 percent with 75,648 arrivals
  • Germany contributing 8.1 percent with 73,059 arrivals
  • India contributing six percent with 54,576 arrivals
  • France contributing 3.6 percent with 32,407 arrivals
  • United States contributing 3.5 percent with 31,893 arrivals
  • Switzerland contributing 2.4 percent with 21,498 arrivals
  • Poland contributing 1.9 percent with 17,475 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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