Maldives Tourism Triumphs: Visitor Numbers Surpass 100,000 for Third Consecutive Month This Year

The Maldives celebrates significant tourism growth, exceeding 100,000 visitors for the third month in 2024, moving closer to the ambitious goal of 2 million arrivals. This underscores the island’s appeal and signals a promising future for its tourism sector’s robust recovery.




Male, Maldives – The Ministry of Tourism proudly announces a remarkable achievement in the Maldives’ tourism sector, marking over 100,000 tourist arrivals for the third consecutive month this year. This impressive milestone, highlighted by the latest statistics from Velana International Airport (VIA), underscores the enduring appeal of the Maldives as a premier global destination, renowned for its stunning Maldives hotels, all-inclusive packages, and bespoke Maldives holiday experiences.


Despite a noted decline in Indian tourists, the Maldives continues to experience significant growth in visitor numbers, with a total of 103,600 tourists welcomed from March 1-17, reflecting a 3.4% increase from the previous year and showcasing the resilience and attractiveness of the Maldives’ tourism industry. Since the start of 2024, the Maldives has greeted 513,377 visitors, marking a 13.9% increase compared to the same period last year.


This year’s daily average arrival count stands at 6,667, with tourists enjoying an average stay of eight days, highlighting the Maldives’ capacity to enchant visitors with its unparalleled beauty, luxurious accommodations, and world-class hospitality.


The shifting dynamics of tourist arrival markets have seen China ascend to the top, contributing 11.8% of the market share, followed by Russia and Italy. The Maldives’ strategic focus on diversifying its tourist markets and enhancing its appeal to a broader audience has contributed to this robust growth.



Currently, 1,174 tourist facilities are operational across the archipelago, offering a wide array of accommodations to meet every traveler’s needs, from lavish resorts and quaint hotels to authentic guesthouses and adventurous live aboard vessels.


The Maldives’ commitment to delivering extraordinary experiences to visitors is exemplified by the warm welcome extended to the first tourist of 2024 during a special ceremony at VIA. Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal expressed optimism for the year ahead, emphasizing the nation’s efforts to explore new markets and reach the ambitious arrival target set for 2024.


As the Maldives celebrates 50 years of tourism, this latest achievement highlights the nation’s continued allure, drawing visitors with its picturesque landscapes, exquisite Maldives resorts, and unparalleled hospitality, promising another successful year for the Maldives’ tourism industry.


6,366 tourists were welcomed on March 1

7,718 tourists were welcomed on March 2

7,141 tourists were welcomed on March 3

6,093 tourists were welcomed on March 4

6,033 tourists were welcomed on March 5

5,666 tourists were welcomed on March 6

5,355 tourists were welcomed on March 7

5,224 tourists were welcomed on March 8

6,900 tourists were welcomed on March 9

6,855 tourists were welcomed on March 10

5,288 tourists were welcomed on March 11

5,585 tourists were welcomed on March 12

4,951 tourists were welcomed on March 13

5,053 tourists were welcomed on March 14

4,959 tourists were welcomed on March 15

7,051 tourists were welcomed on March 16

7,362 tourists were welcomed on March 17


Marking 50 years since the inception of tourism in 1972, the Maldives continues to enchant visitors from around the globe with its breathtaking beauty, luxurious Maldives hotels, and the warm hospitality that defines Maldives all-inclusive resorts. This half-century milestone reflects the enduring appeal of the Maldives as a bucket-list destination, attracting tourists with its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and the promise of an unforgettable escape.


As the Maldives looks forward to another year of significant growth in the tourism sector, the Ministry of Tourism underscores its dedication to expanding the Maldives’ global reach, inviting travellers to experience the unique magic of Maldives holidays that have captivated hearts for decades.



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