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Tourist arrivals increase by 18 percent

Mariyam Malsa
21 June 2019, MVT 19:36
Tourists arriving at Velana International Airport (VIA). PHOTO: HUSSEIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
21 June 2019, MVT 19:36

The Ministry of Tourism announced that tourist arrivals between January and May increased by 18 percent compared to the previous year.

Speaking at a press conference, Tourism Minister Ali Waheed stated that 749,114 tourists had visited Maldives by the end of May. In comparison, tourist arrivals for the same period in 2018 were recorded at 632,729.

The 103,022 holidaymakers that travelled to Maldives in the month of May constitutes a 10.9 percent increase compared to arrivals recorded in May 2018.

In May, the greatest number of tourists arrived from China, Italy, India, Germany and UK consecutively.

In recent years, the overall number of Indian arrivals is recorded to be increasing. While a 2 percent increase was recorded in May, the fifth greatest number of tourists in April were received from India.

Noting that India was an unexplored market, the tourism minister stated that a stronger foreign policies and government reforms benefited the Maldivian tourism industry.

A total of 139 resorts currently operate in Maldives while a further 140 are being developed.