While Indian Tourist Numbers Drop, Maldives Sees Record Breaking Number Of Visitors From China, Russia & Europe

China reigns supreme as the source of most visitors.

by Nikitha Sebastian
While Indian Tourist Numbers Drop, Maldives Sees Record Breaking Number Of Visitors From China, Russia & Europe

The Maldives and Seychelles, scattered like precious gems across the Indian Ocean, have carved a niche in the hearts of travellers seeking paradise. Both destinations boast a potent combination: stunning natural beauty, pristine beaches, and, crucially, visa-free entry.  While tourist numbers from India saw a significant dip, the Maldives saw a record-breaking influx of visitors from China, Russia and Europe recently

Maldives Sees Record-Breaking Number Of Visitors

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The Maldives, a captivating string of coral atolls, leads the pack in terms of tourist arrivals. As of mid-2024, China reigns supreme as the source of most visitors. It is followed closely by tourists from Russia, the UK, and European powerhouses like Italy and Germany. This influx is hardly surprising. World-class resorts like Soneva Jani and Hurawalhi Ocean Villa offer unparalleled luxury, enticing travellers to linger for an average of 7.8 blissful days. The year 2023 saw the Maldives shatter its previous tourist arrival record, recording a staggering influx of over 1.8 million visitors – the most it had ever welcomed in a single year.

Though visitor numbers haven’t quite reached the dizzying heights of the Maldives, Seychelles, with its lush landscapes and pristine beaches, presents a compelling alternative. In 2023, the archipelago welcomed 384,204 visitors, and the outlook remains positive. Tourism, a vital pillar of the economy, enjoys continued stability, bolstered by advancements in technology and the well-connected Seychelles International Airport.

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Sustainable Tourism Practises

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Sustainability is paramount for both island nations, keenly aware of the need to preserve their natural treasures for future generations. Sustainable tourism practises are meticulously followed, ensuring the pristine beauty endures. In Seychelles, luxurious havens like Raffles Seychelles and Kempinski Seychelles Resort elevate the hospitality experience, adding another layer of allure for global travellers.

However, the Maldives currently reigns supreme in tourism dominance. Record-breaking arrivals and a robust infrastructure, fuelled by strategic tax increases, solidify its position. Yet, Seychelles remains a captivating contender. Its pristine landscapes, coupled with strategic tourism initiatives, continue to attract visitors seeking an unforgettable escape.

Also Read: 6 Best Hotels In Maldives That Ensure An Unforgettable Tropical Escape

As these island paradises navigate the ever-changing economic landscape, prioritising sustainable growth is key. Their unwavering commitment to welcoming global travellers, however, remains steadfast. This dedication ensures their tourism sectors will continue to offer travellers a haven of unparalleled beauty and luxury for years to come.

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