The Maldives will welcome its one millionth tourist for the year 2024 sometime later this month, Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal said during a recently televised interview. The administration, which has set a target of attracting two million visitors to the country in 2024, is working hard to promote Maldives tourism and increase visitor numbers.

Speaking during the interview, the minister said that tourism targets set for the year will be achieved and that, in light of current trends, 2.1 million to 2.2 million tourists are expected to arrive by the end of the year.

The Maldives has welcomed more than 900,000 visitors so far this year, according to Faisal.

“We hope to have the millionth tourist by the end of this month. We will celebrate it with a big bang. We will end the year with the target of two million tourists and hopefully 2.1 million to 2.2 million arrivals,” he said.

According to the latest Tourism Ministry figures, 932,398 tourists had arrived in the Maldives as of 10 June; a 9.6 percent increase over the same period last year — 850,794 tourists visited during the same period last year.

The Maldives now welcomes an average of 3,650 tourists per day. With the trend remaining the same, the millionth tourist is expected to arrive in the Maldives on 28 or 29 of this month.