The Maldives is experiencing a surge in tourist arrivals, with figures exceeding the previous two years. The Tourism Ministry has reported that as of February 1st 2023, 178,159 tourists have visited the island nation, marking a 30% increase compared to 94,261 tourist arrivals in 2021 and 136,146 in 2022 during the same period.

Russia leads as the largest tourist market to the Maldives in 2023, with 24,154 visitors. The nation was also the second-largest tourist market to the Maldives in 2022.

Tourist numbers have now returned to pre-pandemic levels, with 69% of visitors choosing to stay in resorts, 23% in guesthouses, and 5% on safaris. Guesthouses are available in 116 islands across the Maldives, with the highest concentration in the Kaafu, Alifu Alifu, Alifu Dhaalu, and Vaavu atolls.

The Maldives government has expressed confidence that this year’s tourist arrivals will exceed those of 2022. The rise in tourist numbers is a significant boost to the nation’s economy and its reputation as a premier tourist destination. The stunning white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life continue to attract visitors from around the world.

The Maldives tourism industry has taken various measures to ensure the safety and comfort of visitors during the pandemic, including implementing strict health protocols and providing ample opportunities for outdoor activities. These measures have been well-received by travellers, and the nation’s efforts to balance tourism with environmental conservation have been widely praised.

In conclusion, the Maldives’ tourist industry is thriving, with visitor numbers on the rise and a promising outlook for the rest of the year. The stunning natural beauty of the nation and its commitment to sustainable tourism practices continue to attract tourists from all over the world.