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China dominates Maldives' tourism market in 2019

Nafaahath Ibrahim
28 January 2020, MVT 14:08
Tourists in Velana International Airport. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
28 January 2020, MVT 14:08

Ministry of Tourism revealed that the highest number of tourist arrivals from a single country in 2019 hailed from China.

As per the report, 284,029 tourists arrived from China, which is a 0.3 percent increase compared to 2018.

However, with the rapid progression of the Novel Coronavirus, it is believed that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Maldives will decline this year.

Meanwhile, the second highest number of arrivals were from India. With 166,030 tourists in 2019, this is an 83.5 percent spike. Statistics indicate that the number of visitors from India continues to increase over the years.

On November 24, the government achieved the target of 1.5 million tourists set for 2019. For 2020, Maldives is eyeing the ambitious target of two million.

In total, 2019 recorded 1.7 million tourist arrivals in Maldives.

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