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Russia leads tourists arrivals to Maldives so far this year

Malika Shahid
15 January 2023, MVT 10:32
[File] Tourist arrivals at Velana International Airport
Malika Shahid
15 January 2023, MVT 10:32

Maldives saw the highest number of tourist arrivals from Russia so far in 2023.

According to the Tourism Ministry, 10,600 people arrived in the Maldives from Russia within the past ten days, which accounts for 18 percent of total tourist arrivals this year.

More than 50,000 tourists have visited Maldives in 2023.

Russia was the second largest source market for tourist arrivals in the country in 2022 with a total 200,000 visitors.

Italy secured the second spot for the highest tourist arrivals to the Maldives with 7,700 visitors from the country. India, had been the top source market for tourist arrivals last year. So far in 2023, Maldives has received 5,100 tourists from India.

The number of tourist arrivals is 14 percent higher than the same period in 2022. In the last 10 days, daily tourist arrivals has averaged at 5,300.

The Maldives targets to attract 1.8 million tourist arrivals in 2023. While the number of tourist arrivals have been on rise, China will also begin flight operations to the country next week. The tourism ministry has previously said that if China opens its borders, it will bring in 10 percent more tourists than the projected target.

There are currently 168 resorts, 869 guesthouses and 157 safaris operating in the Maldives.

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