Tourist arrivals up 25% in 2023

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The Maldives welcomed 177,914 tourists in February, up 19.4% from the same month last year. 

A total of 350, 413 tourists visited by the end of February this year, a robust growth of 24.8% compared to the first two months of 2022. 

As of 28 February, Russia was the top market with 44,748 tourists, representing a market share of 12.8%, followed by India (38,109), United Kingdom (32,566), Italy (32,395), and Germany (22,995). The average duration of stay was 8 days. 

Arrivals in January were 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. A total of 10,071 Chinese tourists were recorded by the end of February. 

There were 172 resorts, 886 guesthouses,154 safari vessels and 13 hotels in operation, with a combined bed capacity of 60,138 by the end of February.

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.