Europe continues to be the strongest contributor to tourist arrivals in the Maldives, dominating the numbers with 55% of the total arrivals in March 2017 with 61,927 tourists. This number, however, is 3.0% lower compared to the same month last year where arrivals were at 63,824.
Looking at the five top contributors to arrivals from Europe, Germany leads with 9.1% of the total arrivals. This is, however, a 23% decrease in comparison to March 2016. The United Kingdom also showed a decrease of 9.3%. However, Russia, another important European contributor showed a positive increase of 43.8%, as well as Italy with a 9.0% increase and France with an 8.2% increase in arrivals.
Asia and The Pacific
While Europe as a whole may be the largest contributor to arrivals, China has consistently been the individual country with highest arrivals for a number of years now, and they are still leading with a total of 16.2%. However, when comparing with the previous year, the number of Chinese tourists have declined by 16.3%, with 18,203 Chinese tourists arriving in March 2017 in comparison to 21,741 in March 2016.
The second largest contributor from this market segment was India and showed a 15.4% positive increase. Australia also showed an increase of 30.4% in arrivals.
Asia and The Pacific represent 35.8% (40,302) of the total arrivals for March 2017, and the total numbers for the segment indicate a dip of 2.5%.
Americas and the Middle East
Two emerging markets in the Maldives, the Americas showed a total positive increase of 14.7% (5,440). The USA was the largest contributor from the Americas and showed an 8.8% incline in arrivals.
The Middle East indicates an overall decline 8.3% (3,976), the largest contributor to this being Saudi Arabia from where the arrivals have decreased by 31.0%. Arrivals from UAE, however, have increased by a notable 58.8%.
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