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Maldives’ main airport sets new air traffic movement record

Velana International Airport (VIA) achieved a new milestone in air traffic movement, with a record-breaking 925 movements recorded on Saturday, as reported by the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL). This surpasses the previous highest daily air traffic movement of 861, marking a seven percent increase. On this noteworthy day, VIA saw a total of 104 […]

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Maldives president urges more efforts to regain China’s top spot in tourism

President Mohamed Muizzu urged intensified efforts to restore China’s status as the primary tourism source for the Maldives, addressing tourism stakeholders from both nations during the Invest Maldives Forum at Fuzhou’s Strait International Convention and Exhibition Centre in China. Highlighting the pre-pandemic prominence of China as the Maldives’ leading tourism market, President Muizzu emphasised the […]

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Maldives’ 2023 tourist arrivals exceed 1.8m target by 78,537

Tourist arrivals in the Maldives for 2023 crossed the government’s projected estimate of 1.8 million by 78,537. The government had initially anticipated 1.8 million tourist arrivals for the year, a goal that was achieved on schedule. According to the Tourism Ministry’s statistics, 2023 witnessed the highest influx of tourists in the nation’s history, totalling 1,878,537 […]

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Maldives welcomes UK’s Benjamin Moore as first tourist of 2024

The first visitor to grace Maldives in the new year, a British national, was greeted with a warm welcome on Monday. Traditionally, the inaugural tourist passing through immigration on New Year’s Day is hailed as the first arrival of the year in Maldives, receiving a warm reception. This year’s first traveller happened to be Benjamin […]

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Maldives aims for 2 million tourists in 2024

The Tourism Minister of Maldives, Ahmed Faisal, has announced that the island nation is expecting to attract two million tourists by 2024, despite the global uncertainties caused by the Russia-Ukraine war and the Israel-Hamas conflict. Faisal made the statement on Saturday evening, on the ‘Raajje Miadhu’ programme of the state-owned Public Service Media (PSM). He […]

Maldives achieves 1.8 million annual tourist arrivals target

On Wednesday, Maldives accomplished its goal for the year of welcoming 1.8 million tourists. The Emirates flight from Dubai carrying Stefan Mathijs, a Dutch national, among others touched down at Velana International Airport at 2:55 pm, where a ceremonial event commemorated the occasion. Mathijs is set to spend four days in Maldives before going to […]

Maldives’ 2023 tourist arrivals cross 1.7 million

Tourist arrivals in the Maldives have surged beyond 1.7 million, as indicated by statistics released by the Tourism Ministry. The latest figures unveiled by the ministry disclose a total of 1,703,204 tourist arrivals as of Sunday, marking a 12.9 percent rise compared to the 1,508,307 arrivals for the same duration last year. The Maldives currently […]

Maldives expects 8.3% surge in tourist arrivals for 2024

The Ministry of Finance predicts an 8.3% increase in tourist arrivals to the Maldives in 2024, according to the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Report 2024-2026. In 2022, the Maldives witnessed a more rapid recovery than projected, with an initial estimate of 1.63 million tourists and 10.4 million bed nights. However, the actual figures exceeded expectations, as […]

Maldives 2023 tourist arrivals cross 1.4m; China takes second place

The number of tourists in Maldives this year has surged to 1.4 million, with China surpassing India to secure the second-largest source market position, according to the tourism ministry’s statistics disclosed on Tuesday. As of Monday, 1.4 million tourists have enjoyed their vacations in Maldives this year, marking a 13.9% increase compared to the same […]

Priority is to boost tourism revenue, socioeconomic benefits, minister says

Tourism minister Dr Abdulla Mausoom said on Sunday that the priority is to increase the revenue generated from tourism to the state and the socioeconomic benefits of tourism to the people. Speaking to reporters after a ceremony held at Velana International Airport (VIA) Sunday morning to welcome the one millionth tourist of the year, Mausoom […]

Maldives welcomes millionth tourist of 2023

Maldives on Sunday welcomed the one millionth tourist of the year. Britain’s Anton Pavlov became the one millionth tourist of the year when he arrived with his wife and son on a British Airways flight Sunday morning. The family will spend a two-week-long vacation at Vakkaru Maldives resort in Baa atoll. “I have been wanting […]

Maldives to welcome 1 millionth tourist on Sunday

Tourism Ministry has said that the one millionth tourist to arrive in the Maldives this year will arrive on Sunday. The Tourism Ministry had earlier estimated that one million tourists’ target would be met in July. The ministry has now announced that it will be achieved on Sunday. A special ceremony will be held at […]

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