DestinationsMore than 900,000 foreign tourists have visited the Maldives so far this year, with more set to come.

For Maldives, tourism is coming back faster than anticipated

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India, the UK and Russia are the top three visitor source markets for the Maldives.
India, the UK and Russia are the top three visitor source markets for the Maldives. Photo Credit: Visit Maldives

At the start of the year, Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih set out an ambitious goal of 1.6 million tourists as the country marks 50 years of tourism. Now with 900,808 visitor arrivals clocked only within seven months, it seems that the country is likely to surpass the projected figure this year.

Between 1 January to 20 July, the number of visitor arrivals have increased by 57.3% from the same period last year. This signifies that Maldives is inching towards a full recovery, with only a 4.8% decline compared to 2019 numbers.

The Ministry of Tourism revealed the month-on-month visitor figures:
• January — 131,764 tourists
• February — 149,008 tourists
• March — 150,739 tourists
• April — 145,280 tourists
• May — 125,522 tourists
• June — 110,889 tourists
• July — 87,597 tourists (recorded up to 20 July)

The ministry further shared that tourists spend an average of eight days in the Maldives, with daily arrivals being maintained at an average of 4,482.

India has emerged as Maldives' top tourism market, contributing to 132,151 arrivals, 14.7% of its total visitor count thus far. The second are travellers from the UK, contributing 11.6% with 104,667 arrivals.

Being one of the few countries still open to Russian travellers, Russia comes in third, contributing 10.5% with 94,151 arrivals.

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