Over 80,000 tourist arrivals recorded so far this year

Ministry of Tourism has revealed over 80,000 tourists have visited the Maldives so far this year.

Statistics from the tourism ministry show 82,478 tourist arrivals were recorded as of January 20, which is a 48% increase compared to the 55,729 arrivals recorded in the same period last year. The statistics show Russia contributed to the highest number of tourist visits with 16,616 arrivals and 20% of the market share. The UK contributed the second-highest tourist visits with 7,544 arrivals, while Italy is in third with 7,024 arrivals and India is in fourth with 6,657 arrivals.

The statistics also show a daily average of 4,341 tourists have visited the Maldives so far this year. Tourists are staying in the Maldives for an average of nine days, which is an increase compared to the seven-day average recorded in 2020 and the six-day average in 2019.

The number of tourist arrivals to the Maldives has been on the rise along with the increased number of beds brought into operation. As such, the tourism ministry has revealed the number of tourism beds in operation in the Maldives had risen to 53,160 by the end of 2021.

The Maldivian tourism industry has seen steady and significant progress since reopening the borders in July 2020. A total of 1.3 million tourists visited the Maldives in 2021, which is an increase of 138% compared to the 555,000 tourist arrivals in 2020. The government and stakeholders of the tourism industry aim to register 2 million tourist arrivals during 2022.