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Maldives expects 2.3 million tourist arrivals in 2024

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Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal has stated that the government expects 2.3 million tourist arrivals this year, based on the current figures. He made the remark at the ceremony held to launch a plan to develop skills and create opportunities for young people in coding.

At the ceremony, Minister Faisal said the youth have the talent and skills to pursue coding but that the lack of opportunity has made it difficult for those interested to pursue this field. However, he expressed confidence that young people will have more opportunities in emerging tech fields and would lead to the growth of the Maldivian tourism industry.

Additionally, Minister Faisal said the new administration will focus more on empowering the youth than any previous government, leading to significant improvements to the economy. He also said one of the sectors that will benefit the most is the tourism industry, and that the tourism ministry will also provide opportunities to those who want to advance in the industry.

Furthermore, Minister Faisal said the government expects 2 million tourist arrivals this year with the work being carried out with the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). However, he said that tourist arrivals will reach 2.3 million if the Chinese and Indian markets are maintained.

Moreover, Minister Faisal said he hopes to introduce a world-renowned application dedicated to promoting tourism in the Maldives soon. He noted the huge benefits to the tourism industry from the online marketing efforts and said that training young people to code will lead to growth of the tourism industry. He also said that the government will create opportunities for young people in the business sector, adding that efforts will be made to provide opportunities for them to participate in world famous online platformed, which will benefit the youth as well as the economy.

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Maldives mark a significant increase in Chinese arrivals

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The Ministry of Tourism has disclosed that the Maldives has welcomed over 50,000 tourist arrivals from Chinaso far this year.

A total of 378,245 tourists visited the Maldives as of February 24, representing a notable increase of 16.2% compared to the 325,423 arrivals during the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released by the tourism ministry.

China led in the number of tourists visiting the Maldives, with 51,984 arrivals, followed by Russia with 36,423 tourists, Italy with 35,834 tourists, the United Kingdom (UK) with 33,401 tourists, and India with 25,096 tourists. The statistics also indicated that the Maldives is currently witnessing an average of 7,744 tourist arrivals daily, with tourists spending an average of 7 days on holiday.

Furthermore, a record number of tourists arrived in the Maldives on February 10, with 10,213 arrivals recorded on that day.

While the government’s target is to attract 2 million tourists this year, the tourism ministry anticipates the actual number of tourists will surpass this target and reach approximately 2.3 million.

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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Wang Lixin at the 2024 “Happy Chinese New Year” Cultural Performance

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Honorable Mrs. Sajidha Mohamed, First Lady of the Republic of Maldives,

Honorable Mr. Ahmed Munaz, State Minister of Youth Empowerment, Information and Arts,

Honorable Ministers, MPs, party leaders,

Your Excellencies, Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

Very good evening.

First of all, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of you gathering here tonight for the “Happy Chinese New Year” Cultural Performance, celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Dragon. In particular, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the First Lady Honorable Mrs. Sajidha Mohamed for gracing this occasion as Guest of Honor.

The Spring Festival, a happy time for family reunion, is China’s most important traditional festival. Its cultural significance has gone beyond borders. It has now become a celebrated holiday in many countries. In December 2023, the United Nations officially listed Spring Festival as a UN holiday, highlighting its global resonance. The Spring Festival of the Year of the Dragon offers the world a window on China’s economic vibrancy. During the just-ended 8-day Spring Festival holiday, China’s domestic tourism market saw 474 million trips, marking a 19 percent increase comparing with the same period in 2019. China’s domestic tourism spending hit 632.6 billion yuan, up by 7.7 percent from the same holiday period in 2019. China’s box office revenue in the 8-day holiday totaled 8 billion yuan, marking a new record high. Meanwhile, China saw around 13.52 million inbound and outbound trips during the holiday, marking a 3-fold increase from the same holiday period last year. The booming outbound travel also brought dividends of the holiday consumption and joy of the Lunar New Year to the world, including Maldives. A large number of Chinese tourists have come here for Spring Festival holidays.

As we embark on the Year of the Dragon, symbolizing auspiciousness, wisdom and strength, I’d like to extend my sincere wishes for happiness, prosperity and good fortune to all of you.

The year 2023 has witnessed continuous progress and fruitful outcomes in China-Maldives relations. H.E. State Councilor Shen Yiqin, special envoy of President Xi Jinping, attended the inauguration ceremony of President Muizzu and visited the Maldives, opening a new chapter in China-Maldives relations. At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Muizzu paid a successful state visit to China early last month. The two heads of state announced the elevation of bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, providing strategic guidance and drawing a grand blueprint for future development of China-Maldives relations.

Over the past year, Our two nations have maintained close high-level exchanges, fostered ever-enhancing political mutual trust, achieved steady and sustained progress in high-quality BRI cooperation, and conducted vibrant cooperation on local government and people-to-people exchanges. In particular, with the gradual opening and resumption of direct flights between China and the Maldives, China has re-established its position as one of the leading source markets of tourists. Friendly cooperation between China and the Maldives is ushering in broad prospects, and we have full confidence in the bright future of our bilateral relations.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends,

Culture, as a vital bridge of friendship between our two peoples, plays a pivotal role in sustaining and enhancing China-Maldives relations. The cultural performance tonight will offer you a glimpse of the richness and diversity of Chinese culture, foster greater appreciation and understanding of China’s cultural heritage and modern dynamism.

I would like to take this opportunity to express sincere thanks to the cultural troupe from Chongqing, a beautiful and municipal city of China, which is also famous for hot pot. Carrying forward excellent traditional Chinese culture, their performance will definitely sow the seeds for China-Maldives friendship, make positive contribution to promoting cultural exchanges and enhance people-to-people friendship between our two countries.

My heartfelt thanks also go to Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Information, and Arts and National Center for Arts for their strong support to make this show happen. Meanwhile, my thanks go to the Maldivian artists who will join the performance and make it more colorful. I believe that the artists from China and the Maldives will jointly present a culture feast to us.

In conclusion, I wish the “Happy Chinese New Year” Cultural Performance a complete success and the friendship between China and the Maldives grow stronger and stronger.

Thank you!

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Over 7,000 daily tourists visit on average in Maldives

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Ministry of Tourism has revealed that more than 7,000 tourist arrivals visit the Maldives daily.

The latest statistics published by the tourism ministry show that a total of 326,424 tourists had visited as of February 17, marking a 16.9% increase compared to the same period last year, when 279,223 arrivals were recorded. In January, 192,385 tourists visited and from February 1-17, 134,039 tourists arrived.

The statistics also reveal that China contributed the most tourists with 47,185 arrivals, followed by Italy with 31,039, Russia with 30,927, the United Kingdom with 28,858, and India with 22,555. Currently, there are 1,153 tourist establishments operating in the Maldives, providing a total of 61,611 beds.

The government’s target is to attract two million tourists this year, but the ministry anticipates that the actual number of tourists will reach 2.3 million.

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