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18 Jun 2024 | Tue 16:18
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA)
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA)
Yoosuf Sofwan Rasheed
Tourist arrivals recorded in 2024
Maldives welcomes over 44,000 tourists so far in June
The arrivals for the sixth month of the year, are a 2.5 percent decline in comparison to last year
Maldives has welcomed a total of 936,258 visitors since 2024 began
107,940 arrivals have been recorded from China so far this year

A little over 44,013 tourist arrivals have been recorded so far in June.

This was revealed by the Ministry of Tourism through its latest weekly tourist arrival statistics publicized earlier this week.

The ministry revealed that between June 1 – 12, 44,013 tourists were welcomed at Velana International Airport (VIA).

The arrivals for the sixth month of the year, are a 2.5 percent decline in comparison to the 45,161 arrivals recorded in the same period last year and less than the 44,849 arrivals recorded in the same period of 2022.

About 3,668 tourists are arriving on average every day during this month, and tourists are staying in the Maldives for seven days.

Maldives has welcomed a total of 936,258 visitors since 2024 began.

During January the country welcomed 192,385 visitors, followed by 217,392 in February, 194,227 during March, 168,366 during April and 119,875 in May.

Arrivals so far this year, are a 9.6 percent increase from the 854,405 arrivals recorded in the same period last year, and a significant growth from the 747,183 arrivals recorded in 2022.

The daily average for 2024 so far, is 5,709 and tourists are staying for an average of eight 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
  • 3,126 tourists were welcomed on June 6
  • 3,519 tourists were welcomed on June 7
  • 3,540 tourists were welcomed on June 8
  • 3,714 tourists were welcomed on June 9
  • 4,138 tourists were welcomed on June 10
  • 3,019 tourists were welcomed on June 11
  • 3,860 tourists were welcomed on June 12

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 11.5 percent of the market share with 107,940 arrivals by June 12.

Although the United Kingdom ranked second place for the past few weeks, it was recently replaced by Russia once more. Russia now contributes 10.3 percent of the market share with 96,179 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 9.4 percent of the market share with 88,209 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 8.2 percent with 76,925 arrivals
  • Germany contributing eight percent with 74,796 arrivals
  • India contributing 6.1 percent with 57,478 arrivals
  • United States contributing 3.6 percent with 33,398 arrivals
  • France contributing 3.5 percent with 32,744 arrivals
  • Switzerland contributing 2.3 percent with 21,717 arrivals
  • Poland contributing 1.9 percent with 17,707 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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