Latest figures from the Ministry of Tourism, Maldives showed a 105.1% increase in the number of travellers from India who visited the island nation in the first nine months of 2019 when compared with the same period in 2018.
Maldives welcomed a total of 115,507 Indian visitors from January to September 2019 and this represents an increase of 105.1% when compared with 2018, which welcomed 56,319 visitors. In September 2019, an increase of 114.8% was recorded with 11,265 visitors as compared with September 2018, which welcomed 5,244 visitors.
The Indian market has been one of the fastest-growing markets to the Maldives, climbing 9.2 % in share and ranked second in arrivals in the month of September 2019.
Commenting on the increase of tourist arrivals, Managing Director of MMPRC, Mr. Thoyyib Mohamed said, “We are very pleased to see a notable increase in the number of Indian arrivals. Various marketing campaigns such as Radio, Cinema, OOH campaigns, and partnerships with Make My Trip are being done to make an explosive marketing push in 2019. Additionally, regular webinars are also being conducted to educate the travel agents regarding Maldives exclusive one island-one resort policy, Free Visa-on-Arrival for all nationalities, Hotel/Resorts, attractions, etc. We are sure that these will help us attract more visitors in the last month of 2019. With a new direct flight also commencing from Dec 1, between India and Maldives — we have a very positive outlook for the year-end.”