ATA assures no danger to tourists visiting Maldives

Promotional poster for Maldives tourism used in the "Visit Maldives Year 2016" tourism promotion campaign. PHOTO/VISIT MALDIVES

Promotional poster for Maldives tourism used in the “Visit Maldives Year 2016” tourism promotion campaign. PHOTO/VISIT MALDIVES

The Association of Travel Agents (ATA) on Tuesday proclaimed that there was no danger to tourists currently visiting the Maldives amidst the highly charged political atmosphere.

In the wake of travel advisories issued by a number of countries to the Maldives, ATA released a statement assuring there were no risks to tourists in the archipelago. Highlighting that political activities take place in capital Male, ATA assured that tourists travelling directly from the main airport to resort islands would not be affected in any way.

ATA expressed confidence that, as the ruling coalition, opposition parties and the public are all aware of the importance of the tourism industry to the nation’s economy, everyone would strive to ensure the protection and security of visitors.

The association further stated that the political atmosphere was not affecting local businesses, schools and offices, and that there was no cause for concern.

ATA’s statement comes amidst reports from businessmen in the tourism sector of several resort bookings being cancelled due to the ongoing state of emergency.

Political tensions peaked in the Maldives after the government delayed executing a shocking ruling by the Supreme Court last Thursday, which ordered the release of prominent political prisoners. The government had declared a 15-day state of emergency on Monday night, and several nations such as India, China, and the UK had issued travel advisories warning travellers of the political unrest in the archipelago.

The Supreme Court had annulled its decision to free the political leaders on Tuesday night; however, the president is yet to lift the state of emergency.

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