The Maldives has marked a significant milestone, welcoming its one-millionth tourist for the year. Sutapa Amornvivat, a Thai national, arrived in the Maldives on Thursday via an AirAsia flight. A special event was organised at Velana International Airport (VIA) to commemorate the occasion and welcome Amornvivat and her family.

The ceremony was attended by Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal and senior executives from various tourism-related entities, including the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Maldives Airports Company Ltd. (MACL), Maldives Immigration, and Maldives Customs Service, along with industry stakeholders.

“Reaching the milestone of one million tourist arrivals is a testament to the enduring allure of the Maldives and the unwavering dedication of our tourism industry stakeholders,” said Minister Faisal.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all our partners, from travel agencies to hospitality providers, whose commitment and hard work have made this achievement possible. Together, we continue to set new standards of excellence and create unforgettable experiences for our visitors.”

Ibrahim Shiuree, the managing director of MMPRC, remarked, “It is a tribute to the combined efforts of the Maldives’ tourism industry to have welcomed one million tourists earlier than the previous year.”

With a national arrival target of two million tourists set for this year, MMPRC has been actively engaging in promotional activities across various platforms to showcase the Maldives tourism. The organisation has been participating in key marketing initiatives, particularly targeting top markets such as China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany.