Tourism on the Maldives

the Maldives recorded a total of 1 million tourists in 2016, ranking 104th 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 2.9 tourists per resident, the Maldives ranked 22nd in the world. In South Asia, it ranked 1st.

The Maldives generated around 2.86 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 62.30 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector on the Maldives from 1995 to 2016

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 countries in South Asia.

Tourists per year on the Maldives

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 211.00 million USD, or about 52.88 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 315,000.00 tourists at that time and roughly 670 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.86 billion USD, accounting for 67.82 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 2,227 USD for his holiday on the Maldives.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts on the Maldives per year

All data for the Maldives in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts\% of GNPExpences per person
1995315,000.00211.00 m $52.88 %670 $
1996339,000.00266.00 m $59.06 %785 $
1997366,000.00286.00 m $56.27 %781 $
1998396,000.00303.00 m $56.10 %765 $
1999430,000.00314.00 m $53.29 %730 $
2000467,000.00321.00 m $51.41 %687 $
2001461,000.00327.00 m $37.58 %709 $
2002485,000.00337.00 m $37.57 %695 $
2003564,000.00402.00 m $38.21 %713 $
2004617,000.00471.00 m $38.39 %763 $
2005395,000.00826.00 m $71.00 %2,091 $
2006602,000.001.24 bn $78.40 %2,051 $
2007676,000.001.52 bn $81.09 %2,241 $
2008683,000.001.56 bn $68.63 %2,283 $
2009656,000.001.47 bn $62.81 %2,245 $
2010792,000.001.71 bn $66.19 %2,163 $
2011931,000.001.97 bn $70.86 %2,112 $
2012958,000.002.03 bn $70.40 %2,121 $
20131.13 m2.42 bn $73.51 %2,153 $
20141.21 m2.81 bn $76.03 %2,333 $
20151.23 m2.69 bn $67.17 %2,181 $
20161.29 m2.86 bn $67.82 %2,227 $


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