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08 Jun 2024 | Sat 11:25
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA)
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA)
Velana Airport
Tourist arrivals for 2024
China continues to top Maldives' tourist arrival markets
The daily average for 2024 so far, is 5,805
Although India was among the top three source markets into the beginning of the year, it was replaced by China
Between June 1 – 5, 19,097 tourists were welcomed

China continues to top the tourist arrival markets of the Maldives, into the sixth month of the year.

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

As such, statistics revealed 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 11.4 percent of the market share with 103,646 arrivals by June 5.

Although the United Kingdom ranked second place for the past few weeks, it was recently replaced by Russia once more. Russia now contributes 10.2 percent of the market share with 92,919 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 86,447 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 8.3 percent with 75,816 arrivals
  • Germany contributing 8.1 percent with 73,602 arrivals
  • India contributing six percent with 55,131 arrivals
  • France contributing 3.6 percent with 32,503 arrivals
  • United States contributing 3.6 percent with 32,388 arrivals
  • Switzerland contributing 2.4 percent with 21,556 arrivals
  • Poland contributing 1.9 percent with 17,542 arrivals

Further, the ministry revealed that Maldives has welcomed a total of 911,342 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 – 5, 19,097 tourists were welcomed at Velana International Airport (VIA).

The ministry revealed that arrivals so far this year, are a 9.9 percent increase from the 829,086 arrivals recorded in the same period last year, and a significant growth from the 721,792 arrivals recorded in 2022.

The daily average for 2024 so far, is 5,805 and tourists are staying for an average of eight days.

The arrivals for the sixth month of the year, are a 3.8 percent decline in comparison to the 19,842 arrivals recorded in the same period last year and less than the 19,458 arrivals recorded in the same period of 2022.

About 3,819 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
  • 3,291 tourists were welcomed on June 4
  • 4,276 tourists were welcomed on June 5

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.

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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