Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal has announced that today more than 10,000 tourists will arrive in Maldives, reaching a significant milestone in increasing tourist arrivals.
Minister Faisal made the announcement in a post on X, where he expressed gratitude to all those involved in the tourism industry who worked towards the increase in tourist arrivals, as the Maldives sees 10,213 arrivals today.
Previously, the highest number of tourist arrivals in a single day was 8,900, which occurred on the 3rd of February. The following day say 8,032, which was the second highest number of arrivals recorded in a single day.
These milestones being reached in short succession show the progress being made by the current government towards the goal outlined by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, who stated that the country aims to attract 2.3 million tourists by the end of the year.
Maldives can expect even further growth in the tourism sector as direct flights from China begin via Xiamen Airlines this week on the 14th.
President Dr. Muizzu travelled to China at the beginning of this year on an official state visit at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, where the two countries signed multiple agreements aimed at developing bilateral ties. This included the promotion of more Chinese tourists to Maldives.
Dr. Muizzu has stated that it is an objective of his government to make China the number one tourist market for the Maldives in 2024, and to increase the overall number of tourist arrivals as a whole to increase state revenue in order to deal with the debt left behind by the previous administration.