At the end of first quarter of 2014 tourist arrivals to the Maldives saw an increase of 9.7% compared with the same period of 2013, reaching a total of 321,561, reported the Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday.
Europe was the leading market generator taking account of 51.3% of all arrivals to the Maldives with a sum total of 321,561 tourists during the first quarter of the 2014, the report stated.
Asia and the Pacific recorded an impressive growth rate of 24.4% at the end of first quarter of 2014 bringing in additional 26,606 tourists to reach a total of 135,839. This region accounted for 42.2% of arrivals to the Maldives at the end of first quarter of 2014.
According to the Ministry, the Chinese market was increased by 24% with an additional 16,960 tourists compared with the same period of 2013.