Tourism growth levels returned to positive levels in the Maldives, with arrivals increasing by 4.5 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 95,389 in May.
Asia Pacific was the biggest regional market with 52,816 arrivals - growing by 4.9 percent YoY, while tourists from Europe increased by 2.5 percent YoY to 35,403. Arrivals from the Americas increased by 22.8 percent YoY to 3,683 while Middle Eastern traveller numbers saw a 2.1 percent tick YoY to 2,740.
In Asia, China remained the largest source market with 37,176 tourists, increasing by 4 percent YoY. Arrivals of 5,387 Indians were recorded, increasing by 16.8 percent YoY, while Sri Lankan arrivals decreased by 29.4 percent YoY to 983. Japanese and Korean traveller numbers too recorded a decline of 4.5 percent and 4.3 percent YoY to 2,045 and 3,485 tourists, respectively.
Arrivals from Thailand increased 29.5 percent YoY to 2,249, Australian tourist numbers surged 15.3 percent YoY to 1,699 and Malaysian numbers increased to 1,414, up 4 percent YoY, while arrivals from Singapore fell by 3.9 percent to 1,583.
In Europe, German arrivals increased by 24 percent YoY to 10,371, Italian arrivals increased by 17.1 percent YoY to 2,163 and Swiss travellers increased by 17.5 percent to 1,686. British tourist numbers declined by 3 percent to 6,867, French arrivals fell by 14.4 percent to 2,815 and Russians declined by 37.4 percent YoY to 3,053.
The five months of 2015 saw arrivals to the Maldives increasing by just 1.8 percent YoY to 527,599 showing a maturity in the market.
Sri Lanka’s John Keells and Aitken Spence—the largest foreign-owned resort operators in the Maldives—have announced major expansions in the archipelago.
However, occupancy rates declined from 79.8 percent to 74.9 percent for the first five months in 2015, while the average duration of stay declined from 6.3 days to 5.9 days for the same period.