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Maldives tourism body reacts to diplomatic spat with India, asks EaseMytrip to reopen flight bookings

The organization has said that the Indian market remains an indispensable force in the success of the Maldivian Tourism sector.

dxb officeAmid the row between India and the Maldives over beach tourism, the Maldivian tourism body for tour operators has called on the Indian-based travel booking platform EaseMyTrip to re-start flight bookings to the island nation.

The Maldives Association of Tour and Travel Operators (MATATO), on Tuesday, asked the platform to disregard the regrettable and derogatory comments made by the ministers on social media platforms.

In the statement they said, “Tourism stands as the lifeblood of the Maldives, contributing over two-thirds of our GDP and providing livelihoods to approximately 44,000 Maldivians who work in the sector. The potential adverse impact on tourism holds the power to unleash severe repercussions on our economy, affecting the lives and well-being of many.”

The organization has said that the Indian market remains an indispensable force in the success of the Maldivian Tourism sector.

According to the data released by the Maldives Tourism Ministry, a total of 17, 57,939 tourists arrived in the island nation till December 13 of last year, an increase of 12.6 per cent compared to the previous year.

The MATATO also urged all parties involved to refrain from contributing to the divisiveness through hateful comments. “We implore all stakeholders to embrace messages of cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect,” they said in the official statement.

The Maldives opposition leader and the Chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party, Fayyaz Ismail, on Wednesday, called for a firm stand by the government, saying that the racist comments against Indian and Prime  Minister Narendra Modi were just isolated individual opinions.

Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Moosa Zameer said that the remarks against foreign leaders like Narendra Modi are unacceptable and do not reflect the sentiments of the Maldives government.

The current row erupted following the comments and statements by three ministers–Malsha Shareef, Mariyam Shiuna, and Abdulla Mahzoom Majid– about Prime Minister Modi after his social media post promoting the Lakshadweep tourism. Following this, EaseMyTrip announced that they are cancelling all their flight bookings to Maldives indefinitely “in solidarity with our nation.”

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