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UK visitors drive up tourism figures in the Maldives

UK visitors drive up tourism figures in the Maldives

The Maldives has announced a 9.3 per cent year-on-year increase on the number of UK travellers who visited the country in February 2018, welcoming a total of 11,362 tourists from the UK, compared with 10,395 who visited during February 2017.

Furthermore, 20,804 UK travellers visited the Maldives during the first two months of 2018, representing a 9.4 per cent growth in numbers when compared with the same period of 2017, during which the Maldives welcomed 19,025 UK travellers.

Worldwide visitor arrivals also saw a 19.2 per cent year-on-year increase in February, with a total of 144,286 global travellers visiting the Maldives.

Speaking about the announcement, Mohamed Haris, managing director of Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation, said: “The UK is one of the Maldives’ most important long-haul inbound markets, representing over seven per cent of total visitors so we are very pleased to once again see an increase in the number of travellers from the United Kingdom.

“With several new tourism developments taking place in the Maldives this year, including a new runway and terminal being built at Velana International Airport and 23 new resorts scheduled to open by 2019, our tourism infrastructure is continuing to expand which will provide visitors with even more choice when visiting the Maldives.”

The Maldives was presented with a host of impressive travel industry awards in 2017, confirming its status as one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world.

Most importantly the country was recognised as Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination by the World Travel Awards.

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