Maldives welcomes 1 millionth tourist

Maldives has welcomed the island nation's one millionth tourist on Sunday.

A special ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the one millionth tourist in 2018, was held at Velana International Airport (VIA) on Sunday by Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

Tourism Ministry has confirmed the one millionth tourist is an American national.

The ministry has revealed that by the end of July 2018, Maldives was visited by 848,847 holidaymakers - for the seven months elapsed.

This marks a 10.1% increase from 2017's seven months number (from January til July) of 770,715 holidaymakers.