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Middle Eastern arrivals increase for 'Eid Season'

Mariyam Malsa
08 June 2019, MVT 14:31
Tour operators and destination representatives advertise various tourism opportunities at Riyadh Travel Fair 2019. PHOTO: MATATO
Mariyam Malsa
08 June 2019, MVT 14:31

Travel operators across Maldives attest that the in-bound headed from the Middle Eastern region has risen considerably in time for the Eid Al Fitr holidays .

According to local news Mihaaru, certain travel agencies have reported the percentage of Middle Eastern tourists visiting luxury resorts did increase from the commencement of Eid onwards.

Highlighting a previous fall in bookings, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Capital Travels and Tours Yoosuf Riffath said that the number of people travelling to Maldives is improving.

"Approximately 70 or 80 people make bookings each day," said Riffath referring to Capital Travel's booking ledger.

The CEO also noted that an annual surge in visitors from particular countries could be observed during the Eid period, going on to specify it was areas in the Middle East that indicated greater numbers.

In recent years, the overall number of incoming Middle Eastern arrivals is recorded to be increasing. In 2008, Maldives welcomed 52,000 tourists from Middle East countries whereas in 2018, a total of 23,000 tourists from Saudi Arabia alone, spent their holiday in the country.

Of the Middle Eastern nations, Maldives is known to be the most popular amongst Saudi Arabian nationals, as their ideal travel destination.

However, during the past year, the country has welcomed numerous holidaymakers from Libya, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well.

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