Maldives has recorded its highest single-day tourist arrival, welcoming an unprecedented 10,213 visitors from various countries. Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal conveyed his congratulations to all involved in facilitating this remarkable influx, emphasizing the significance of this extraordinary day.
Saturday alone witnessed around 9,000 tourists arriving, surpassing the maximum daily arrivals of the last two weeks, which averaged at 8,000. Throughout this month, the Maldives has experienced an average daily arrival of 7,300 tourists. The cumulative tourist count for the year has exceeded 200,000, marking a notable 14% increase compared to the same period last year.
China stands out as the primary source of tourist arrivals, with Italy and Russia closely following as the second and third highest contributors. The resurgence of China as a leading source echoes its pre-Covid prominence in the Maldives’ tourism landscape.
In an effort to further boost tourism, the tourism ministry is actively discussing the initiation of additional flights to the Maldives. Presently, Beijing Capital Airlines, China Eastern, and Sichuan Airlines operate direct flights connecting China and the Maldives.
While the government’s budget sets a target of attracting two million tourists this year, the tourism ministry is aiming even higher, aspiring to welcome 2.3 million tourists in the same period. This record-breaking influx underscores the Maldives’ enduring allure as a premier tourist destination, signaling positive momentum for the country’s tourism industry.