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Maldives welcomes 1 millionth tourist of 2024

Maldives on Thursday welcomed the one millionth tourist to visit this year. The one millionth tourist is a Thai named Sutapa Amonwivat, who arrived from Singapore with her husband and two children. This is her second visit to Maldives. Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) and the Ministry of Tourism gave a warm welcome […]

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Maldives records over 50,000 tourists in first 9 days of 2024

The Ministry of Tourism has reported that a total of 50,983 tourists visited the Maldives in the initial nine days of 2024. This marks a 6.4% increase compared to the same period in 2023, where 47,931 tourists arrived. In contrast, the figures for the same timeframe in 2022 stood at 43,079 visitors. According to the […]

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Saudi Arabia among Maldives’ top 10 tourist markets for first time

In a notable development, Saudi Arabia has secured a position among the top ten countries with the highest tourist arrivals to the Maldives for the first time, according to statistics from the Tourism Ministry. The data reveals that 1,182 tourists have already visited the Maldives from Saudi Arabia this year. Contrasting with last year’s rankings, […]

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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’ 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 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 sees record private jet arrivals ahead of New Year holidays

Velana International Airport (VIA) is witnessing an influx of private jets primarily used by affluent tourists as the holiday season approaches. Annually, a substantial number of tourists, including those arriving on private jets, flock to the Maldives during the New Year and winter holidays. VIA, the primary airport in the Maldives, is gearing up for […]

Maldives tourism leaders to probe revenue drop despite increased arrivals

Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal and the new Managing Director of MMPRC, Fathimath Thaufeeg, highlighted plans to investigate why the surge in tourist arrivals in Maldives hasn’t translated into increased revenue. The government’s target of hosting 1.8 million tourists for the year was hit with the arrival of the 1.8 millionth tourist on Wednesday. Following a […]

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 tourist arrivals cross pre-pandemic highs; on track to reach annual target

The Maldives has hit an all-time high in tourist arrivals, signalling a stride towards achieving its annual tourism goal. In 2019, the Maldives welcomed 1,702,831 visitors, marking the highest tally for any year. However, as of December 12 this year, the nation has already surpassed this figure with a record 1,752,706 arrivals. This surge, the […]

Maldives hotel performance weakest in Asia Pacific, new study reveals

Hotels and resorts in Maldives posted the weakest performance in the Asia Pacific region, with Gross Operating Profit Per Available Room (GOPPAR) at -11.8% in the past 12 months, according to the most recent Asia Pacific Hotels Monitor put out by hospitality advisory firm Whitebridge. The last 12 months saw many good performers in the […]

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 […]