Maldives Nears 1 Million Tourist Arrivals in 2024

Maldives Nears 1 Million Tourist Arrivals in 2024

Thursday 6th of June 2024

As 2024 reaches its midpoint, the Maldives is celebrating a significant milestone in its tourism sector. According to the latest data released by the Tourism Ministry, the island nation has welcomed 907,066 tourists as of June 5th. This impressive figure marks a notable increase from the 825,239 tourists who visited during the same period last year.

A Growing Popularity

The Maldives has long been renowned for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and luxurious resorts, making it a dream destination for travelers worldwide. The country's allure continues to grow, with China leading as the largest source market. So far, 102,706 Chinese tourists have visited the Maldives, constituting 11.3 percent of the total arrivals.

Other significant contributors to the Maldives' tourism boom include:

Russia: 91,911 arrivals (10.1 percent)

United Kingdom: 86,083 arrivals (9.5 percent)

Italy: 75,731 arrivals (8.3 percent)

Germany: 73,357 arrivals (8.1 percent)

India: 54,786 arrivals (6 percent)

France: 32,455 arrivals (3.6 percent)

United States: 32,049 arrivals (3.5 percent)

Switzerland: 21,528 arrivals (2.4 percent)

Poland: 17,502 arrivals (1.9 percent)

Seasonal Fluctuations

Despite the overall rise in tourist numbers, May saw a slight decline compared to the same period in the last two years. The average daily arrivals in May were 3,865, with tourists staying for an average of 7.3 days. This dip is attributed to seasonal trends and other factors such as major international events.

Impact of the UEFA European Football Championship

The Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) anticipates a potential decline in arrivals from Europe this month due to the UEFA European Football Championship starting on June 14th. Major sporting events often influence travel plans, as many Europeans opt to stay home or travel to host countries to support their teams.

Record-Breaking Aspirations

The Maldives has set an ambitious goal of welcoming 2 million tourists in 2024. This target is buoyed by the country's prestigious win of the 2023 World Travel Awards (WTA) for World's Leading Destination for the fourth consecutive year. This accolade underscores the Maldives' commitment to providing unparalleled travel experiences and maintaining its status as a premier global destination.

Looking Ahead

The future of Maldivian tourism looks promising. The government and tourism stakeholders are continuously working to enhance the visitor experience through sustainable practices, new attractions, and improved infrastructure. The Maldives' ability to attract a diverse range of tourists from various countries is a testament to its universal appeal and the robust efforts of its tourism industry.


With nearly 1 million arrivals already recorded and an optimistic outlook for the remainder of the year, the Maldives continues to enchant travelers from around the world. Whether it's the allure of its natural beauty, the luxury of its resorts, or its award-winning status, the Maldives remains a top choice for an unforgettable vacation.

For those planning their next getaway, the Maldives offers a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural richness, making it an ideal destination to explore in 2024.

For more information on travel plans and updates, visit the Maldives Tourism Ministry website or contact your local travel agent.