Tourist arrivals recorded in the first days of January 2022 grew by 56.4% compared to the same period in 2021.

On Friday, the Tourism Ministry released its latest weekly figures, revealing that 24,527 tourists were welcomed to the Maldives between January 1 and 5, a 56.4 percent growth from the 15,680 visitors received during the same period in 2021. This figure is a few thousand lower than the 27,314 arrivals recorded in 2020, but higher than the 22,121 arrivals recorded during the same period of 2019.

Statistics then show that tourists stay in the Maldives for an average of nine days this promising year, with daily arrivals maintained at an average of 4,905.

The average length of stay recorded in 2019 was six and the following year it increased to Sept. 2021 saw tourists spend an average of eight days in the archipelago.

In 2020, the Maldives recorded 555,494 tourist arrivals, which is a drastic drop from the 1,702,887 arrivals the previous year. The Maldives reached their tourist arrival target for 2021 at the end of December and received a total of 1,321,932 tourists by the end of the year.

The Maldives reached their tourist arrivals target for 2021 with the arrival of Romanian national Constantin Stelian Emil on December 27. A colorful celebration took place at the airport to welcome Emil, who arrived via a GullivAir flight with his wife and two children. Emil and his wife spent their honeymoon in the Maldives five years ago and are delighted to be back in the Maldives.

Although India is the top source market for tourism in the Maldives at the end of 2021, the neighboring country currently ranks fourth in the top 10 markets for the tourism golden jubilee year. The graph currently leads Russia, with 27.3% of the total number of arrivals, with 6,700 visitors registered as of January 5. At the tail of Russia is Italy with 3,162 visitors and contributing 12.9%.

Third, Germany contributes 6.8% with 1,665 arrivals.

Before the coronavirus started to spread around the world, the top 10 tourism markets in the Maldives in 2019 were China, India, Italy, Germany, UK, Russia, France, the United States, Japan and Australia.

The ministry also recently facilitated the introduction of homestay accommodation in the Maldives, the first of its kind being launched on Dhiggaru Island on Meemu Atoll.

This is part of the President’s vision and tourism development policy to make tourism and its benefits for island communities accessible.

The first tourists within the framework of the concept of host family were welcomed at the guest house “Moorithi” in Dhiggaru, by the Minister of Tourism, Dr Abdulla Mausoom, the deputy of the constituency of Dhiggaru Ikram Hassan, the Chairman of the Island Council Ahmed Nishan, Chairman of the Atoll Council Ahmed Nimal, Chairman of the Maldives Guest House Association Abdulla Nasheed, Chairman of the Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators of Maldives Abdulla Suood and FENAKA Corporation Managing Director Ahmed Saeed Mohamed as well as senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism on January 1.

The top five homestay tourists included United Nations Resident Coordinator for the Maldives Catherine Haswell as well as couples from Sudan and the United States.

Zealous travelers have been visiting the Maldives for 50 years, attracting visitors with its scenic beauty for years. The Maldives is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the tourism industry, in 2022, dubbed the golden year of tourism in the Maldives.

Dr Mausoom earlier revealed that the Maldives was also aiming to win the World Leading Destination Award in the Golden Jubilee year and expressed the hope of reaching new heights in tourism success with the establishment homestay tourism.

Promotional activities kicked off at the start of the closing year, with the ministry’s social media accounts inundated with video clips featuring posts from senior industry officials as well as industry workers.