Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal has projected that the Maldives will welcome 2.3 million tourists by the end of the year, provided the Chinese and Indian markets are maintained.
Last year marked 1.8 million tourists to the Maldives, but the Minister anticipates that arrivals in 2024 will surpass the targeted 2 million.
Addressing the Youth Ministry’s ‘Hackathon’ launch, Faisal emphasized the role of technology-savvy youth in boosting the country’s economy and expressed anticipation for the development of local products akin to Booking.com and travel apps like Agoda.
“I envision creating an application that allows travelers to book a resort of their choice in the Maldives, aiming for a globally popular tourism app,” he expressed.
Faisal affirmed the government’s commitment to fulfilling the aspirations of the youth across various sectors. While the initial target for tourist arrivals in 2024 was set at two million, the current trend suggests the potential for surpassing this goal.
As of now, 170,000 tourists have visited the Maldives this year, marking a 12% increase compared to the same period last year.