India has reclaimed the number 1 spot from top markets to Maldives, surpassing Russia with over 172,000 tourist arrivals.
Russia previously held the top position from April 2021 onwards till early September. As per the latest statistics published by the Ministry of Tourism, Russia recorded 162,801 tourist arrivals this year till September 9. In third place, Germany followed with 46,218 tourist arrivals while USA and Ukraine remain in 4th and 5th place, respectively.
India has been a huge contributor to the Maldives tourism industry with the island nation considered a hot destination amongst Indian travelers. As borders reopened to the Maldives with eased travel restrictions, Indian tourists including several Bollywood actors have visited the Maldives, spending their holidays experiencing the best of ‘Sunny Side of Life’.
From the beginning of this year till September 9, Maldives has welcomed a total of 788,846 tourist arrivals. Tourism Ministry along with Visit Maldives expects to welcome 1.3 million tourists by the end of 2021.
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