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Tourist arrivals increase by 18.7 percent in first half of 2019

A group of tourists wait at the Republic Square in Male’ City to begin a city tour. (File Photo/Sun)

Tourism Ministry reports 862,589 tourist arrivals were recorded in the Maldives in the first two quarters of 2019 – an 18.7 per cent increase compared to the first two quarters of 2018.

Tourism Ministry reports records collected from Maldives Immigration and tourist facilities registered with the government shows development to the national tourism industry.

113,475 tourist arrivals were recorded in June alone; a 21 per cent increase compared to June 2018.

Records show the biggest source market for Maldivian tourism was the European market – which made up for 50.3 per cent of the total tourist arrivals in the first two quarters.

The European market shows a 16.5 per cent growth rate with total 433,847 tourist arrivals in the first two quarters.

The second biggest source market for Maldivian tourism was the Asia Pacific market – which made for 40.4 per cent of the total tourist arrivals. 348,779 Asia Pacific tourists visited the Maldives in the first two quarters.

China remains the top source market for Maldivian tourism by country, followed by India.

Tourism Ministry reports major growth in separate source markets.

Meanwhile, the tourism occupancy rate shows a 2.4 per cent improvement by the end of the first two quarters.

The average occupancy rate of tourist facilities stood at 66 per cent.

An average of 45,772 beds out of 48,825 beds registered at Tourism Ministry was operational, and the nights spent by tourists in the Maldives rose by 14.7 per cent.

However, the average duration of stay by tourists during the period was recorded at 6.3 days – a slight 0.3 per cent drop from the average duration of stay in 2018.

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Source URL: Sun.mv

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