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Golden Jubilee brings half a million travellers to the Maldives

Tourists typically stay for eight days in the Maldives, according to 2022 figures.
Tourists typically stay for eight days in the Maldives, according to 2022 figures. Photo Credit: GettyImages/SHansche

The sun continues to shine gold on the shores of Maldives as the country kicked off its Golden Jubilee Year of tourism to a strong start, with 498,235 visitor arrivals recorded between 1 January and 13 April.

The number of visitor arrivals over these four months have increased by 45.3% compared to the arrivals recorded within the same period last year. However, this year’s arrivals still show a dip of 9.7% from the arrivals recorded in 2019.

The Ministry of Tourism broke down the total figure throughout Q1 2022:
• January — 131,764 tourists
• February — 149,008 tourists
• March — 150,739 tourists
• April — 66,724 tourists (recorded up to 13 April)

Tourists who have vacationed in the Maldives this year are further observed to spend an average of eight days. Daily arrivals maintain at an average of 4,837.

Having dropped its mask mandate and other remaining Covid-19 restrictions on 13 March, the country seems poised to gain more traction with travellers throughout the rest of the year, and may just achieve President Solih’s aim of welcoming 1.6 million tourists in 2022.

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