Maldives experiences 11.2% surge in tourist arrivals compared to last year

21 May 2024 | 15:02
Tourists at the VIA (Photo/Travelution media)

As of May 20, 2024, the Maldives has seen a notable 11.2 percent growth in tourist arrivals compared to the same period last year.

This data was disclosed by the Ministry of Tourism in their latest daily update on May 21, 2024.

To date, the Maldives has welcomed a total of 854,921 visitors since the beginning of the year.

This marks a significant increase from the 768,668 arrivals recorded during the same period in 2023, and an even larger growth from the 661,527 arrivals in 2022.

The average daily arrival rate for 2024 stands at 6,063, with tourists staying for an average of eight days.

The Ministry also reported that between May 1 and May 20, 82,551 tourists arrived at Velana International Airport (VIA).

This represents a 2.7 percent increase compared to the 80,383 arrivals during the same period last year but is still below the 84,721 arrivals recorded in 2022.

For the month of May 2024, the daily average number of tourists arriving is 4,128, with an average stay duration of seven days.

In January 2024, the Maldives saw 192,385 visitors, followed by 217,392 in February, 194,227 in March, and 168,366 in April.

The highest number of daily arrivals this year was recorded on February 10, exceeding 10,000 tourists.

China currently leads the top tourist markets for the Maldives, contributing 11.2 percent of the total market share with 95,613 arrivals as of May 20.

Russia follows with a 10.1 percent share (86,250 arrivals), having recently overtaken the United Kingdom, which now holds a 9.5 percent share (81,136 arrivals).

Italy and Germany round out the top five with 74,088 (8.7 percent) and 68,653 (8.0 percent) arrivals, respectively.