Maldives has posted double digit growth in tourist arrivals in February, as more than 160,000 tourists visited the Indian Ocean island nation in the second month of the year.
Official figures for the month of February released by the tourism ministry show that a total of 168,583 tourists visited the Maldives during the month — a 16.8 per cent increase over the 144,286 tourists in February 2018.
According to the statistics, total arrivals for the January-February period increased by 11.7 per cent to reach 320,135 compared to the 286,637 in the same period last year.
Tourist demographics remained largely unchanged in the first two months of the year, as Europe dominated with a marketshare of 55 per cent of the total tourist arrivals, followed by Asia Pacific with 37 per cent marketshare. Americas secured the third position with five per cent marketshare, whilst Middle East slid to the fourth with three per cent marketshare. African countries also contributed one per cent to the total tourist arrivals to the Maldives.
Despite a downturn of 3.8 per cent in arrivals, China retained its position as the Maldives’ single biggest source market with a marketshare of 17.8 per cent (57,089 tourists).
All the other top 10 source markets posted positive growth in arrivals by the end of February.