The Maldives witnessed a surge in tourist arrivals during the first six months of this year, according to data published by the Tourism Ministry. 1,015,529 arrivals were recorded during the period, a 9.2 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

February emerged as the standout month, with 217,392 arrivals, setting a new record. China remains the top source market, contributing over 120,726 tourist arrivals.

Russia follows closely as the second-top source market, with 105,068 visitors, while the United Kingdom contributed 93,291 arrivals. Italy and Germany round out the top five source markets—a total of 79,909 Italian tourists and 78,135 German visitors have been recorded.

Currently, an average of 4,109 tourists visit the Maldives each day, enjoying an average stay of seven days, according to Tourism Ministry data.

The Maldives has set an ambitious goal of attracting two million tourists this year. With 50 percent of the target currently achieved, the government is intensifying promotional efforts to entice more travellers to visit the country.

1,203 tourism establishments are currently open to serve tourists, with a combined bed capacity of 62,360.