Maldives sets new tourist arrivals record in October

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Maldives set a new record for monthly tourist arrivals with over 153,600 visitors last October, up 8% from the same period last year as well as the corresponding pre-pandemic period in 2019.

The tourism ministry congratulated “travel and tourism industry partners, employees and other stakeholders.”

After tourist arrivals reached 1.3 million by 26 October, surpassing the total number of arrivals in 2021, the government remains optimistic of meeting its target of 1.6 million visitors for 2022.

A monthly arrivals record was also set in May with more than 104,000 holidaymakers. A nearly 100% increase was recorded in June and arrivals surpassed pre-pandemic levels again in July

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.  

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).