The Maldives has seen a strong start to the year, with 37,209 tourists visiting the country in the first week of 2023. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, this represents a 12.7% increase compared to the same period in 2022. The ministry also reported that tourists are staying an average of eight days in the Maldives. The first week of the year saw daily arrival numbers ranging from 4,625 on January 1 to 5,523 on January 7.
The Maldives reached its tourist arrival target for 2022 in December, welcoming a total of 1,675,285 visitors. This marks a significant increase from the 555,494 tourists who arrived in the country in 2020, a number that was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, the Maldives saw a record-breaking 1,702,887 tourists in 2019. The country also met its 2021 target, with a total of 1,321,932 tourists arriving by the end of the year.
The Maldives' tourist industry plays a crucial role in the country's economy, and the strong start to 2023 is a promising sign for the year ahead. The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, along with the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives Immigration, and Maldives Airports Company Limited, welcomed the first tourist of the year with a special ceremony at Velana International Airport. The visitor, who arrived on an Etihad Airways flight from Russia, was greeted by senior officials from the marketing corporation and executives from the other organizations.
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