Tourist arrivals in January exceed pre-pandemic record

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The Maldives welcomed 172,536 tourists in January, up 13.8% from the same month in the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

Arrival numbers registered a whopping 31% increase compared to January 2022 as Chinese holidaymakers returned after a hiatus of nearly three years.

As of 1 February, Russia was the top market with 24,154 tourists, representing a market share of 13.6%, followed by India (19,390 tourists), Italy (17,159 tourists), United Kingdom (15,367 tourists) and Germany (10,897 tourists). The average duration of stay was 8.1 days.

There were 168 resorts, 880 guesthouses, 157 safari vessels and 13 hotels in operation, with a combined bed capacity of 59,840 by the end of January.

A total of 1,675,294 tourists visited the Maldives in 2022, exceeding the government’s optimistic forecast for the year. The authorities hope to reach a record-breaking 1.8 million tourist arrivals in 2023.