Russia managed to maintain its leading position in the list of the largest tourist markets in 2023 in the Maldives, despite the fact that Chinese tourists poured into the tropical archipelago beloved by wealthy Russians. The latest arrival statistics were announced by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Maldives.
According to the agency, the total number of travelers from China to the islands in the Indian Ocean has reached more than 30 thousand people, which allowed the Chinese tourism market to rise to sixth position in the overall list of vacationers. However, despite a significant increase in tourists from the Middle Kingdom, Russia continues to dominate the tourist market of the Maldives with more than 80 thousand arrivals, while the total number of travelers who have rested there from January to date amounted to 682,650 people. This is 19.7% more than in the same period in 2022.
Here is a list of the leading countries that sent the largest number of tourists to the Maldives in 2023:
- Russia — 81.335 people
- India — 73.195 people
- Great Britain — 64.833 people
- Italy — 56.201 people
- Germany — 49.867 people
- China 30.353 people
- USA 28.406 people
- France 26.644 people
- Switzerland 17.469 people .
- South Korea – 11.997 people
The Maldives tourism sector currently has a total capacity of 60.538 places, including tourist resorts, hotels, guest houses and safari boats. This means that with the current situation of visiting the islands, there should be enough space for both Russians and Chinese.
Recall that earlier the government of the destination, popular among wealthy Russians, announced an annual target of 1.8 million travelers, while Tourism Minister Abdullah Mausum predicted a 10 percent growth after the resumption of the Chinese tourism market.
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