Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives, Her Excellency Wang Lixing, believes that Maldives will be one of the most favoured destinations for Chinese tourists for the coming 5-day May Day holiday, as the country sees a rise in Chinese tourism after a nearly three-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to statistics, Chinese tourists made up the biggest source of tourism for the Maldives prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the pandemic causing a nearly three-year hiatus, the Maldives tourism industry has taken a hit. But with the reopening of borders and the return of Chinese tourists, the industry is slowly starting to recover.
In response to the increasing number of Chinese tourists, the Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives, Her Excellency Wang Lixing, tweeted, "I believe that Maldives will be one of the most favoured destinations for Chinese tourists for the coming 5-day May Day holiday." This tweet has sparked excitement among the tourism industry in the Maldives, as they hope to see a surge in Chinese tourists during the upcoming holiday.
Chinese tourists have long been known for their love of travel, and the Maldives has always been a favourite destination for them. With its stunning natural beauty, luxurious resorts, and clear blue waters, the Maldives is the perfect place to relax and unwind. And with the current global situation, many Chinese tourists are eager to travel again, making the Maldives an ideal destination.
Before the pandemic, Chinese tourists made up a significant portion of the Maldives' tourism revenue. While their contribution dropped to less than one per cent in 2021, the return of Chinese tourists is a positive sign for the industry. The recent direct flight from China operated by Beijing Capital Airlines has also been a game-changer, making it easier for Chinese tourists to travel to the Maldives.
With the upcoming May Day holiday, the Maldives tourism industry is hoping for a surge in Chinese tourists, and the tweet by the Chinese Ambassador has given them reason to be optimistic. As the industry slowly recovers from the pandemic, the return of Chinese tourists is a much-needed boost, and the Maldives remains a top destination for travellers from China.