In a recent announcement from Maldives, the island is happy to reveal that there a rise of 10.2 per cent in the number of UK tourists based on the year-on-year figure. This is compared to the number of tourists recorded in 2017. The total number of tourists from the United Kingdom that visited the Indian Ocean top tourist spot has reached 114,602. This is based on the numbers recorded between the months of January and December in 2018. Meanwhile, in 2017, there were only 103,977 tourists who booked Maldives villas and various accommodations in the island.
For the last month of 2018 alone, the number of tourists from UK was 10,784 which is 11 per cent higher compared to the same time period in 2017 with only 9,717 UK visitors. Out of the countries in Europe, the second largest number of tourists coming to Maldives is from the United Kingdom. In the global scale, tourists from United Kingdom are the third largest group arriving in Maldives every year. In fact, travellers from UK consist 7.7 per cent of the total number of tourists who came to Maldives in the previous year.
Counting tourists from every part of the globe, there are 1.48 million people who visited Maldives in 2018. This figure show a 6.8 per cent increased in comparison to the total number of tourists in 2017 based on year-on-year data.
Last year, Maldives saw great improvement when it came to the island’s infrastructure and a number of new resorts have also opened up to serve the public such as Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi and The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. For 2019, around 17 different resorts are going to open all over the island of Maldives like The Nautilus, LUX North Male Atoll and Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Resort.
Honorable Ali Waheed, the minister of tourism in Maldives, said that the spike in number of tourists from the UK is happy news for them considering that the country is the one of the most essential inbound markets they rely on when it comes to tourism revenue. It benefits not just the Maldives villas but also the local businesses.