Tourist arrivals exceed 1.5 million

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Tourist arrivals for 2023 reached 1.5 million by 28 October, staying on course for the government’s 1.9 million arrivals target. 

Before the industry’s traditional peak season with the busy Christmas-New Year period, tourist arrivals have increased 13.4% compared to the same period in 2022. A total of 1,505,366 was recorded by 28 October with a daily average of 5,001 tourist arrivals. 

Russia remains the top market with 172,472 tourists as of 28 October, representing 11.5% of the market share, followed by India (163,513 tourists), China (163,036), the UK (121,106 tourists), and Germany (105,962 tourists).

The Maldives welcomed the one millionth tourist of the year on 16 July. As the tourism industry has recovered to pre-pandemic levels faster than expected, the government’s arrivals target for 2023 had been revised upwards from 1.8 million to 1.9 million tourists.

There are 174 resorts, 162 safari vessels and 934 hotels and guesthouses in operation across the country with a combined bed capacity of 62,814.