The Maldives has experienced a surge in tourism, with half a million tourists visiting the island nation, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
As of March 23, 483,624 tourists had arrived in the Maldives, an increase of 22.7% compared to the same period in 2022 when 394,204 tourist arrivals were recorded. The data also revealed that the majority of tourists came from Russia, with 59,987 arrivals, followed by India with 52,276 arrivals, the United Kingdom with 44,839 arrivals, and Italy with 43,267 arrivals.
China, which was previously the top source market for Maldivian tourism, has seen an increase in arrivals in recent weeks after the country re-opened its borders.
So far this year, 15,175 tourists have arrived from China, making it the eighth top source market. The Maldives is currently experiencing a daily average of 5,898 tourist arrivals, and the government has set a target of achieving 1.8 million tourist visits this year.