Indian Tourists Ditch Maldives Amid Row As Numbers Drop 40% China Arrivals Up 200%


(MENAFN- Live Mint) "The number of tourist
s from India to Maldives declined by almost 40 percent during the January-March 2024 period as compared to the data from the same period in 2023. At the same time, the total number of tourist
s from China shot up by over 200 percent Maldives' Ministry
of Tourism released its monthly report on tourist
arrivals recently. The data showed the tourist
arrivals in the island nation between January and March this year READ: How did China strengthen its bond
with Maldives amid India exit? 10 key collaborations between Male, BeijingThe report showed that as many as 56,208 Indian tourist
s had visited Maldives between January and March in 2023. This number declined to 34,847 in January-March 2024. This was 38 percent decline from 2023, 17,691 tourist
s from China visited Maldives during January-March 2023. The tally rose to 67,399 during January-March 2024 - recording a spike of 281 percent READ: Maldives snubs India over hydrographic survey deal after signing military pact with ChinaAs per the latest data, India ranks sixth in the Top 10 Market for Maldives tourism
, while China ranks No. 1 with 11 percent Share in Maldives tourism
data holds significance as India once used to be a significant and top-most contributor to the Maldive's tourism
statistics. Indians were only second to Russia in the chart showing tourist
arrivals in the Maldives by nationality in January-November 2023. The increase in arrivals from India started in 2020, as compared to that from China 2020, people from China were leading the tourism
charts in the Maldives. In 2020, China had an 18.31 percent share among \"Top Ten Markets Arrivals\" in Maldives, the highest that year dominated the Maldives tourism
market
until December last year. Its position started declining starting January 2 this year, when India ranked third among the top 10 countries that make up most of the Maldives' tourism
market
share. India's rank further plunged to fifth on January 21 and then to sixth on March 3.Since then, China has steadily climbed the chart from 10th to the first spot Maldives rowThe drop in tourist
s from India was seen soon after Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's attempt to promote Laskhwadeep as a tourist
destination triggered a row in the Maldives in the first week of January this year. Later, Maldives' President Mohamed Muizzu requested India to withdraw its troops
stationed in the island nation declining number of tourist
s from India and the subsequent increase in that from China is in line with Muizzu's policies and deals that seem to snub India and welcome China.

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