As the year started through a political crisis leading to a 45 day long state of emergency, tourism experts and media went on about a possible downfall in the tourism industry. With concerns from world leaders and travel notices from various countries, the Indian Ocean archipelago was thought to be in a huge break out.
Despite all these political crisis, the numbers revealed by the tourism ministry show an outstanding 10.5% increase in tourist arrivals compared to this period last year. According to the ministry a total of 726,515 holidaymakers have visited the tropical heaven in the first half of 2018.
Statistics also shows an increase in tourists flying from the European countries. The European market contributes a major 51.3% in the number of tourists visiting Maldives so far in 2018. This shows a huge bump of 16.3% compared to the tourists visited this time last year form the continent of Europe.
Second largest tourist market originates from Asia-Pacific with a market share of 37.6% contributed to the industry’s arrivals. The number of tourist arrivals from the Asia-Pacific region in the first half of 2018 has reached 290,542 marking a 3.3% bump from last year’s figures.
US originated tourist arrivals and arrivals from the Middle-Eastern countries has also has seen to be making progress compared to the last year.
Maldives tourism industry has been on full gear despite all the political crisis and foreign concerns and is set to have a good year throughout 2018 as more luxury resorts are to be opened in the coming months. The increase was not only in the number of arrivals but the statistics show that the average nights spent by guests increased by 13.5% during the first six months of the year.
The future seems to be clear to the tourism industry of the Maldives as the political clouds are fading away slowly. During last year this heavenly islands of the Maldives welcomed over 1.3 million tourists from all over the world and the pace is set to beat these figures by the end of this year as travelers all over is thirsty for the pristine beaches and clear waters of the Maldives.