The number of tourists registered so far for the Golden Jubilee Year of Tourism in the Maldives has surpassed 680,000.
This is reported by the Ministry of Tourism in the latest weekly statistics released on Thursday.
Statistics have shown that the Maldives has received a total of 680,846 tourists so far in the Golden Jubilee Tourism Year.
Between January 1 and May 25 this year, the number of arrivals increased by 52.8 percent compared to the same period in 2021. However, this is a decrease of 6.8 percent compared to the figures recorded in 2019.
131,764 tourists were received in January, 149,008 arrivals were registered in February, followed by 150,739 arrivals in March and 145,280 in April.
So far, the Maldives hosted 104,046 people in May, up 86.5% from 2021 and 22.9% from 2019.
The statistics go on to show that in this promising year, tourists stay in the Maldives for an average of eight days, with daily arrivals averaging 4,695. The highest daily arrivals in April are still 4162 people.
While Russia has maintained its position as the main tourist market for the Maldives in the past, India has once again become the main tourist market for the Maldives, accounting for 13.2 percent of total arrivals by May 24.
By May 18, there were 86,358 arrivals from India.
In second place is the United Kingdom, which accounted for 12.6% of the arrivals of 82,325 people.
In third place is Russia with 62,545 arrivals, accounting for 9.5 percent.
While Ukraine was also previously in the top 10 markets for tourism in the Maldives, it has since been replaced. Arrivals from Ukraine have been drastically reduced due to the ongoing war.
For 50 years now, zealous travelers have visited the Maldives, which has been attracting visitors for many years with its scenic beauty.
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Maldives since the establishment of the tourism industry in 1972.
During 2020, 555,494 tourist arrivals were recorded in the Maldives, which was a sharp drop from 1,702,887 arrivals in the previous year. The Maldives set its 2021 tourist arrival target at the end of December and received a total of 1,321,932 tourists by the end of the year.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in his presidential address on February 3, said that this year the Maldives plans to receive 1.6 million tourists.