Tourism growth continues

growth – Tourist arrivals to the Maldives saw an increase of 11.6% during the first two months of 2014 compared with the same period of 2013, reaching a total of 216,001.

In terms of market shares Europe led, taking account for 50% of all arrivals to the Maldives with an additional 1,659 tourists to achieve an accumulated sum of 108,075 tourists for the period. Growth (+1.6%) was marginal backed by sub regions Northern Europe (+8.4%) and Central Eastern Europe (+3.8%). By individual market performance, Russia was the leading market from the region with 7.2% shares. However, the Russian market recorded a negative growth of 2.1% during the first two months of 2014. Russia was followed by the U.K (6.8%), Germany (6.7%), France (6.6%) and Italy (6.6%). Out of these only the U.K market had a positive growth (+3.6%) for the period.

Asia and the Pacific brought in additional 17,412 tourists reaching a total of 94,490 during the first two months of 2014 increasing the market share to 43.7%. With all the sub regions showing positive growth rates for the period, the region registered an above average growth of +22.6%.

South East Asia led the growth with a robust +83.3%. However, in terms of market shares, North East Asia was the leading sub region covering 34.9% of all arrivals during the period. The Chinese (29.5%) market took hold of most of the shares accounted for Asia Pacific Region.

Americas (3.2%), Middle East (2.6%) and Africa (0.5%) all had positive growth rates of 38.1%, 30.9% and 7.4% respectively, during the first two months of 2014 compared with the same period of 2013.

Out of the 435 tourist accommodation establishments registered in the Ministry at end February 2014, a total of 315 establishments were operational. These include 104 tourist resorts (23,496 beds), 19 hotels (1,626 beds), 145 guest houses (1,988 beds) and 162 safari vessels (2,684 beds). The tourist bed nights of these establishments increased by 4.5% during the period with a total of 674,828 nights. While the occupancy rate was maintained at 88.7%, the average duration of stay was 6.1 days, which was 0.1 less than that of 2013 same period.

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