The Ministry of Tourism has disclosed that over a span of four months, more than 40,000 tourists have arrived from China following the resumption of travel between the two countries.
According to the latest statistics released by the tourism ministry, the Chinese market has climbed to the sixth position among the top 10 markets as of May 17. Within this period, a total of 40,002 tourists have arrived from China. Minister of Tourism, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, anticipates that the number of Chinese tourists visiting the Maldives this year will witness a 10% increase compared to the projected arrivals. The tourism ministry aims to achieve a total of 1.9 million tourist visits this year.
The data indicates that the Chinese market is poised to ascend to the top spot among the Maldives’ top 10 markets before the year concludes. Thus far, the highest number of tourists in 2023 has originated from Russia, with a total of 757,992 arrivals, reflecting a substantial increase of 27.1% compared to 2022.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, China held the distinction of being the primary source market for tourist arrivals in the Maldives, with a noteworthy figure of 284,029 visitors in 2019. However, due to travel restrictions imposed by the Maldives in response to the pandemic, Chinese tourists were unable to visit the country for the past three years. This year, Chinese tourists have finally resumed their visits to the Maldives after the nation reopened its borders.
The resurgence of Chinese tourism has brought about positive momentum to the Maldivian tourism industry, fueling hopes for a rebound in visitor numbers and contributing to the recovery of the overall tourism sector.