Tourist arrival figure sees 34 percent increase from 2021 by Wednesday

The number of tourists in the country rose by 34.1 percent on Wednesday, compared to the same period last year.

The Ministry of Tourism has announced this in the latest weekly statistics.

The latest statistics show that a total of 1,279,231 tourists were welcomed between January 1 and October 19.

Figures show that this is an increase of 34.1 percent from 2021 and a decrease of 4.3 percent from 2019.

This means that the Maldives is getting closer to the target number of tourists for the promising year. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih revealed in his presidential address on February 3 that the Maldives want to welcome 1.6 million tourists this year. The Maldives welcomed the millionth tourist of the year on August 13.

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The total arrival figure so far this year includes 131,764 tourists who were welcomed in January, 149,008 tourists who arrived in February, 150,739 tourists welcomed in March and 145,280 tourists welcomed in April. 125,522 tourists were welcomed in May, followed by 110,889 tourists in June and 133,561 tourists welcomed in July. In August, the Maldives welcomed 131,863 tourists, followed by 114,984 in September.

Between October 1 and 19, the Maldives welcomed 88,611, an increase of 6.9 percent from the previous year and a 3.7 percent increase from the 2019 figure over the same period.

Figures show that India remains the main source market for the archipelago’s tourism.

While Russia has historically maintained its position as the main source market for tourism in the Maldives, India has once again become the main tourist market for the Maldives, contributing 14.1 percent of the total arrival figure as of October 19, with 180,255 arrivals recorded. from the neighboring country.

In second place comes Russia, which contributes 12.2 percent with 155,490 arrivals.

In third place comes the United Kingdom with a contribution of 10.9 percent with 139,788 arrivals.

2020 has been a slow year for tourism in the Maldives due to the numerous security measures taken in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to the closure of the borders. Tourist arrivals have started to bounce back with the easing of travel restrictions and security measures against Covid-19 in 2021.

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In 2020, the Maldives registered 555,494 tourist arrivals, which was a drastic drop from the previous year’s 1,702,887 arrivals. The Maldives reached the tourist arrival target for 2021 at the end of December and welcomed a total of 1,321,932 tourists by the end of the year.

It has been 50 years since industrious travelers visited the Maldives, which has been attracting visitors for years with its scenic beauty.

Tourism was introduced in the Maldives in 1972.

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