Decline in tourist arrivals in May

The Maldives has seen a decline in tourist visits this May as compared to the same period last year.

The latest statistics from the Tourism Ministry revealed that 32,076 tourists visited the Maldives in the first week of May, representing an 11.7 percent decrease from the 36,333 tourists that visited during the same time last year. Despite this setback, the Maldives has witnessed a 17.5 percent increase in tourist visits overall this year compared to the same period in 2022, with 720,361 tourists arriving so far.

According to the data, the top ten countries contributing to the tourism industry in the Maldives are Russia, India, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, China, the United States, France, Switzerland, and South Korea. However, the data from the Tourism Ministry and Maldives Immigration suggest that the number of Russian tourists is decreasing every month. Despite the decline, Russia still remains the top source market for Maldives tourism.

Top 10 countries in tourism

Russia - 85,914
India - 78,772
United Kingdom - 67,586
Italy - 57,557
Germany - 52,888
China - 34,894
United States - 29,757
France - 27,520
Switzerland - 18,049
South Korea - 12,911

Currently, the Maldives has 1,235 tourist facilities, including 170 resorts, 899 guesthouses, 153 safaris, and 13 hotels, providing a total of 60,592 beds for tourists.