The Maldives has reached its target of welcoming one million visitor arrivals in 2013.
According to official data released by the Maldivian government this week, the Indian Ocean archipelago welcomed 1,000,203 international visitors in the year to 24 November 2013.
The news will come as a boost to the country where significant political unrest in recent years has threatened to destabilise its vital tourism sector. In 2012, the Maldives fell short of its one million arrivals target, welcoming just 958,000 visitors.
The country’s Tourism Minister, Ahmed Adheeb, said that a higher target will be now be set for 2014, although no specific figure was given.
Tourism accounts for 70% of the Maldives’ GDP.