The Maldives' tourism has increased by 56 percent thus far this year, with 30,562 tourists visiting the country in the first eight days of this month.
According to the statistics released by the Tourism Ministry, 732,884 tourists arrived in the Maldives by June 8. This is an increase of 56.5 percent compared to 468,387 tourists that traveled to the Maldives during the same period last year.
However, this figure is a slight decrease compared to pre-pandemic numbers from 2019. While 2019 was a year where the Maldives set several records in the tourism sector, 780,931 tourists arrived in the country by the first week of June that year. Therefore, the current arrival numbers for the period is a decrease of 6.2 percent compared to 2019.
This year, tourist arrivals stood at 30,562 from June 1 to 8. This is a 3.9 percent decrease compared to the 31,817 tourists that arrived during the same period in 2019. However, the number of tourists increased by 118.2 percent compared to the 14,004 tourists that arrived last year.
Countries where many tourists traveled to the Maldives from:
India: 104,800 (14 percent of total arrivals)
The United Kingdom: 90,394 (12.3 percent of total arrivals)
Russia: 70,212 (9.6 percent of total arrivals)
Germany: 62,950 (8.6 percent of total arrivals)
Italy: 46,111 (6.2 percent of total arrivals)
The United States: 34,609 (4.7 percent of total arrivals)
According to tourism statistics, the Maldives has received 104,800 tourists from India thus far this year. The country accounts for 14 percent of Maldives's tourist arrival. The second-largest number of tourists visited from the UK with over 90,000 arrivals.
The daily tourist arrivals average currently stands at 4,603. The average stay is eight days.