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Annual tourist arrivals increase 26.9 percent

Mohamed Rehan
27 December 2022, MVT 11:27
Mohamed Rehan
27 December 2022, MVT 11:27

The annual tourist arrivals to the Maldives has increased by 26.9 percent this year, compared to last year.

From January to December 21, the total tourist arrivals to the Maldives was recorded at 1,607,314. The Maldives exceeded the arrival target set by the state on December 20, when the 1.6 millionth tourist was welcomed.

Meanwhile, in 2021, tourist arrivals reached 1,266,735 by the end of the year.

Despite a significant arrival improvement this year, it was still 1.9 percent lower when compared with the same period in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic. Tourist arrivals in that year were recorded at 1,638,798.

In terms of top source markets for the Maldives, India continues to top the list, with Russia close behind in second place and the UK in third.

Top 10 Source Markets of 2022

01. India: 223,573

02. Russia: 192,852

03. UK: 173,220

04. Germany: 128,694

05. Italy: 89,097

06. USA: 78,011

07. France: 46,137

08. Spain: 40,970

09. South Korea: 35,544

10. Switzerland: 33,078

By December 21, a total of 33 international carriers had made regular flights to the Maldives. Some of the major airlines include Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, among several other carriers.

Maldives currently has a total of 1,208 registered tourist properties, which gives a combined bed capacity of 60,699.

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