Tourist arrivals for 2022 reached 1.3 million by 26 October, surpassing the total arrivals recorded in 2021.
Before the industry’s traditional peak season with the busy Christmas-New Year period, tourist arrivals have increased 33% compared to 2021. A total of 988,013 was recorded by 26 October 2021.
After a 48% growth on average this year, the first decline in a 2022 month was registered in August. But growth picked up with a 5.8 increase in September and returned to robust double-digit levels in the first week of October.
Total tourist arrivals this year remains just 4% below the corresponding pre-pandemic period in 2019.
The average duration of stay is down from 8.7 days in 2021 to 8.1 days this year. India remains the top market with 186,388 tourists as of 26 October, representing a 14.1% market share, followed by Russia (159,657 tourists), the UK (144,566 tourists), Germany (107,455 tourists) and Italy (73,496 tourists).
The government remains optimistic of meeting its target of 1.6 million visitors for 2022 after record-breaking arrivals in May, a nearly 100% increase in June and arrivals surpassing pre-pandemic levels in July.