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Tourism on the Maldives

Tourism on the Maldives

the Maldives recorded a total of 2 m tourists in 2019, ranking 111st in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of the Maldives, the result is much more comparable picture: With 3.2 tourists per resident, the Maldives ranked 41st in the world. In South Asia, it ranked 1st.

The Maldives generated around 3.17 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 78.68 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 8 percent of all international tourism receipts in South Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 1,630 US Dollars.

Tourism on the Maldives

Development of the tourism sector on the Maldives from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered on the Maldives each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

The red line represents the average of all 8 countries in South Asia.

Tourists per year on the Maldives

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 211.00 m USD, or about 52.88 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 315,000 tourists at that time and roughly 670 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 3.17 bn USD, accounting for 56.20 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,862 USD for his holiday on the Maldives.

Tourism receipts on the Maldives per year

All data for the Maldives in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20191.70 m3.17 bn $56.20 %1,862 $
20181.48 m3.05 bn $57.63 %2,058 $
20171.39 m2.77 bn $58.28 %1,994 $
20161.29 m2.64 bn $60.29 %2,053 $
20151.23 m2.69 bn $65.48 %2,181 $
20141.21 m2.81 bn $76.03 %2,333 $
20131.13 m2.42 bn $73.51 %2,153 $
2012958,0002.03 bn $70.40 %2,121 $
2011931,0001.97 bn $70.86 %2,112 $
2010792,0001.71 bn $66.19 %2,163 $
2009656,0001.47 bn $62.81 %2,245 $
2008683,0001.56 bn $68.63 %2,283 $
2007676,0001.52 bn $81.09 %2,241 $
2006602,0001.24 bn $78.40 %2,051 $
2005395,000826.00 m $71.00 %2,091 $
2004617,000471.00 m $38.39 %763 $
2003564,000402.00 m $38.21 %713 $
2002485,000337.00 m $37.57 %695 $
2001461,000327.00 m $37.58 %709 $
2000467,000321.00 m $51.41 %687 $
1999430,000314.00 m $53.29 %730 $
1998396,000303.00 m $56.10 %765 $
1997366,000286.00 m $56.27 %781 $
1996339,000266.00 m $59.06 %785 $
1995315,000211.00 m $52.88 %670 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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