The Arrival

Russia Leads as The Top Market to Maldives as of 24 January 2024

As of 24 January 2024, Russia is the leading market to Maldives with 16,043 arrivals to Maldives while Italy comes a close second with 15,405 arrivals.

Russia was the second top leading market to Maldives in 2023 while India was the overall top market of arrivals for Maldives. In December 2023, India had 209,198 arrivals with a market share of 11.1 and Russia had 209,146 arrivals.

Following this, China secured its place among the top three markets with 187,118 visitors, marking a significant post-pandemic milestone for the country. Subsequently, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the USA, France, Spain, and Switzerland form the list of top visiting countries.


Currently there is a market growth of 10.3 percent with a daily average of 6,111 arrivals. The average duration of stay in 2024 for arrivals is approximately 7.9 days.

In 2023, Maldives celebrated the arrival of 1,878,537 tourists throughout the year, surpassing the set target of 1.8 million arrivals. The milestone of one million tourist arrivals was achieved on 12th August 2023, followed by the 1.8 millionth arrival on 20th December 2023, meeting the annual goal.

According to statistics recently published by the Ministry of Tourism, the Maldives boasts an operational number of 176 resorts with 43,279 beds, 14 hotels with 1,940 beds, 809 guesthouses accommodating 13,657 beds, and 146 safari vessels adding 2,774 beds.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Maldives received the prestigious title of the World’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards 2023, securing its place among the world’s top destinations.

23 new resorts with a capacity of 7,403 beds are currently under development and scheduled to open in 2024. President Dr Mohamed Muizzu has conveyed optimism regarding completing the new VIA terminal for this year’s peak tourism season. The terminal’s construction is focused on enhancing the annual passenger capacity, increasing the capacity number 1.5 million to an impressive 7 million arrivals.

The Maldives has set the goal of achieving over 2 million tourist arrivals and 14.3 million bed nights for 2024.

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