For the 1st Quarter of 2007, the tourist arrivals to the Maldives, has increased by 15.9% with a total of 194,285 tourists. During the first quarter of 2006, the total number of tourist arrivals to the Maldives was 167,669.
Italy leads the market with a total 43,702 tourists capturing 22.5% share of the total arrivals to the Maldives. The Italian market increased by 5.2% during the first quarter of 2007 compared to the same period 2006. The United Kingdom is ranked the second generating market to the Maldives in 1st Quarter of 2007, capturing a market share of 17.3%. From January to March 2007 a total of 33,652 tourists visited the Maldives from the United Kingdom.
The other leading markets to the Maldives during the first quarter of 2007 include France with 10.0% market share, Germany with 9.8% market share, Japan with a market share of 4.9%, Russia with a 4.8% market share and China with 4.2% followed closely by Switzerland with a market share of 4.0%.
During the first quarter of 2007, a total of 89 resorts and 10 hotels with a total bed capacity of 18,611 were registered with the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. Out of these, 82 resorts and 10 hotels were in operation. The average number of beds in operation in resorts and hotels during the first quarter of 2007 was 17,398.
The total bed-nights of resorts and hotels during the first three months of 2007, was 1,508,305 with an average occupancy rate of 96.4%. The average duration of stay during this period was recorded to be 8.2 days.