Tourist arrivals increase by 3.8 percent in August

Abdullah Jameel, Haveeru Online
Sep 22, 2012 - 12:50 1 comment
  • A tourist pictured at the departure terminal of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA): The number of tourists arriving from Europe has declined. FILE PHOTO

The Tourism Ministry has revealed that tourist arrivals by August 2012 had increased by 3.8 percent compared to the same time frame of 2011.

Last month’s statistics publicized by the Ministry show that nearly 614,802 tourists visited the country by August this year which is a 2.9 percent increase compared to last year which saw a total number of 597,311 visitors.

Statistics show that during August this year the country welcomed 79,768 tourists compared to 76,828 tourist arrivals in August 2011.

Statistics show the most number of tourists arrived from China totaling at 25,138 which is a 10.1 percent increase compared to August last year.

As a continent, Europe constituted the most number of visitors last month at 7,450 tourist arrivals though this is 15 percent less compared to August 2011.

However tourist arrivals from Germany had increased by 9.6 percent last month with around 6,485 tourist arrivals. But tourist arrivals from Italy had declined by 28 percent with tourist arrivals totaling 5,225.

Though statistics show a decline in the number of tourist arrivals from Europe, tourist arrivals from the Asia-Pacific region are increasing, including arrivals from China, Japan, India and Korea. Tourist arrivals from America had increased by 21 percent over last month with a total arrival of 1,314 tourists.

Tourist arrivals had declined following the change in government on February 7 but have picked up again following June this year. The Tourism Ministry expressed its confidence in attaining the target of one million tourist arrivals it had set its sights on this year.

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