Maldives sets new record for daily tourist arrivals

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The highest number of tourist arrivals on a single day since borders reopened in July 2020 was recorded on 12 February.

A total of 7,668 holidaymakers arrived on Saturday, beating the previous pandemic record of 7,098 arrivals on Boxing Day last December.

According to the latest weekly update from the tourism ministry, 40,218 tourists have arrived so far this month as of Thursday (10 February), up 47 percent from the same period last year. But the figure falls short of the pre-pandemic levels in February 2019 as Chinese tourists have yet to return. China was the top source market before the pandemic with the Chinese New Year a peak travel period.

As of 9 February, Russia was the top market this year with 28,468 tourists representing a 17 percent market share, followed by the UK with 18,348 tourists and India with 13,947 tourists. Germany, Italy, France, Ukraine, United States, Austria and Saudi Arabia rounded off the rest of the top ten markets.

There were 162 resorts, 620 hotels and guesthouses, and 148 safari vessels in operation.