Maldives political unrest: tourism sector under threat?

9 February 2012 02:50 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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With the recent political situation in Maldives, tourists in the island nation have been asked to exercise caution.
 
The Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed stepped down on Tuesday following weeks of unrest and handed over power to Vice President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik. The situation has started to improve.

A spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in Sri Lanka said that 2,000 Russian tourists currently resting in Maldives have nothing to worry about.
 
Maldives, a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean and tourism is what the Maldivian economy greatly relies on. Since the country has no industries of its own, and lives mainly on the production of souvenirs and clothes, tourism yet can’t be a source of comfortable living to all Maldivians. As a result of this, control over tourism services becomes politicised.
 
Foreign & Commonwealth Office website states (Feb 9, 2012): Avoid all but essential travel to part(s) of country
smarttraveller.gov.au from the Australian Government states: Maldives overall: Exercise normal safety precautions and for male: Reconsider your need to travel
We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Male at this time due to the current political tensions and risk of unrest and violence. We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions elsewhere in the Maldives, including tourist and resort islands.

On February 6 and 7, there were protests in Male that turned violent. Further protests, political unrest and violence could occur in coming days. You should avoid public gatherings and protest, particularly in Male, as they may turn violent.
 
The international airport at Male was closed temporarily on February 7 but later reopened to normal air traffic. Further disruptions to air services could occur. You should contact your airline or tour operator for latest information on disruptions. (Source: 4Hoteliers.com and external sources)

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  • kondebendapucheena Thursday, 09 February 2012 04:55 AM

    Peace in Maldives vital for Sri Lanka

    Gayan Samarasekara Thursday, 09 February 2012 05:06 AM

    Sri Lanka should send Maldives a peace keeping Army... and take Mr Nasheed back to presidency. He is an honest educated democrat, stands always against the religious fundamentalism and had initiated many development projects successfully. The violence is through the hidden intervention of the former dictator, Abdul Gayoom.

    DEEP Thursday, 09 February 2012 09:42 AM

    We should not get involve with internal matters of Maldieves.
    However, if they request our assistance we can support for mediation.
    In the meantime, all tourist now in Maldives or those who intend to visit Maldives can not visit Sri Lanka which can offer more variety to their holiday.


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