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Maldives' tourism occupancy at 61 percent

Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 November 2018, MVT 09:42
Tourists in capital Male City. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 November 2018, MVT 09:42

Tourism occupancy in the Maldives by the end of last September was at 61 percent, with the highest number of visitors from China, the Ministry of Tourism has revealed.

According to the statistics released by the ministry, the number of visitors in September was 107,620. The total tourist arrivals throughout the year numbered at 1,080,459, which a spike of 8.3 percent compared to the same period last year.

However, tourism occupancy in September had dropped by two percent compared to the previous month.

Statistics indicated that from amongst the key tourism markets, 516,487 tourists visited Maldives from Europe by September end, which is 47.8 percent higher than last year.

The highest number of European visitors hailed from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Russia and France.

Tourist arrivals from the Asia-Pacific region numbered at 462,828, while the ministry recorded 49,000 arrivals from the United States. Meanwhile, visitors from the Middle-East numbered at 41,186, while 10,820 tourists hailed from Africa.

The tourism ministry stated that by the end of September, the average number of days spent in Maldives was 6.4, which is an increase of 11.8 percent from 2017.