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India tops Maldives tourist arrival markets

Lamya Abdulla
19 May 2022, MVT 15:03
(FILE) Indian tourists walking along the beach in Hulhumale' on August 18, 2021: over 80,000 tourists have arrived to Maldives from India in 2022 -- Photo: Ahmed Awshan Ilyas / Mihaaru
Lamya Abdulla
19 May 2022, MVT 15:03

India has once again become the market with the most number of tourists to Maldives.

According to the statistics released by the Tourism Ministry, over 80,000 tourists have visited Maldives this year from India so far. This is 13 percent of the over 650,000 tourists that have visited Maldives this year.

India was the country with the most amount of tourist arrivals to Maldives in 2021 as well. Last year, 290,000 tourists came from India.

The country with the second highest tourist arrivals to Maldives is United Kingdom, while Russia follows in third. Even though Russia was leading in terms of tourist arrivals when 2022 began, the recent war between Russia and Ukraine have plunged tourist arrivals to Maldives by 11 percent.

Maldives recorded 1.3 million tourist arrivals last year. The government aims to attract 1.6 million tourists to the country this year.

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