Maldives witnesses record August arrivals of European tourists

 Wednesday, October 4, 2017 


The Maldives resortsThe Maldives had lured about 121,310 tourists this August marking a rise of nearly 8% as compared to the same month last year.


The demand was driven mainly by European travellers as per the Maldives Ministry of Tourism. The largest regional market was represented by the Pacific and Asia that witnessed a growth of 3.9% year-on-year with an overwhelming 59,900 tourists visiting the Maldives.


The Chinese market that is the largest market in this part of the world declined by almost 6.8% year-on-year.


But then, it had ushered in as much as 33,743 tourists to the Maldives that represents 27.8% of the total tourist arrivals for the month of August.


Tourist arrivals from India had risen by almost 44.3% year-on-year to reach 6,024 tourists. The Thai and Korean markets also portrayed strong growth breaking the 2,000 tourist arrival mark.


On the other hand, the number of Sri Lankans visiting their neighbor had declined by 17.9% year-on-year to 1,868 visitors. The arrivals to the Maldives from Europe, on the other hand had increased by 10.1% year-on-year to touch 47,465. The largest number of arrivals was from the UK, with 8,565 tourists.


But then this marked a 3.2% slump in year-on-year.


The number of Italian arrivals had risen by 11.1% year-on-year to 7,227 tourists that had pushed down German tourist arrivals to the third spot in the European market. The German market continued to be stable growing by 0.7% year-on-year with 6,916 arrivals.


The number of Russian travellers had risen by 37.3% year-on-year to touch 4,166.


The Middle Eastern market had grown by 15.5% for the Maldives in August luring 7,547 tourists. Nearly half of them were from Saudi Arabia. The American market had grown by 31.4% year-on-year attracting 4,739 tourists.


For eight months till date in 2017, number of visitors arriving in Maldives had increased by 5.9% year-on-year to 892,025 and a majority of the arrivals were from Europe.
The European market increased by 10.7% enabled by a strong performance from the Italian market.




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