The Maldives attracted 85,222 visitors in June 2017 recording a 7.8 percent growth compared to 12 months ago, with the momentum of arrivals growth from Europe cushioning a decline in visitor levels experienced from China.
Sri Lanka’s John Keells, Aitken Spence and several other own and operate resorts in the archipelago.
The largest tourism market for the Maldives, the Asia and the Pacific declined 0.9 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 48,437 visitors, with the Chinese arrivals falling 12.5 percent YoY to 24,160 tourists. The 48.5 percent YoY growth from India, with 6,919 tourists helped partially offset the regional figures.
The archipelago, experienced a 13.8 YoY percent arrivals growth from its second largest regional market in Europe, with 29,194 arrivals. The number of German arrivals increased 49.1 percent YoY to 6,885 tourists.
The UK another major market, increased just 3.2 percent YoY to 6,081 tourists, while Russian arrivals grew 11 percent YoY to 3,262 tourists and 2,768 Italians arrived, growing 7.2 percent YoY
The Middle East market grew 259 percent YoY hauling in 2,603 tourists to the Maldives.
Tourist arrivals to the archipelago for the first half of 2017 increased 6.1 percent YoY to 657,540 visitors.
Arrivals from the Asia and the Pacific remained unchanged at 281,261 tourists, with half of them coming from China, a market which contracted by 10.3 percent YoY for the Maldives, with the growth from India helping relieve downward pressure from the region.
Arrivals from Europe from January to June grew 10.7 percent YoY with growth from mid-sized markets such as Russia and Italy helping drive growth, since the British and German markets remained fairly unchanged.
Maldivian accommodation units experienced an occupancy rate of 61.4 percent for the first 6 months, falling 3.9 percent YoY while the average duration of stay of tourists increased to 6.3 days from 6.1 days YoY.