Former President Mohamed Nasheed was yesterday (April 14) temporarily “obstructed” from traveling overseas despite having High Court approval, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has alleged.
Ethical travelers have a duty to make themselves aware of local issues and to act both appropriately and responsibly, writes Laura Simpson Reeves for EthicalTraveler.org.
The regulation requires any joint venture partner working with the state on a tourism projects to have a minimum financial worth of US$300 million and make a minimum initial capital investment of at least US$100 million.
Deputy Tourism Minister Mohamed Maleeh Jamaal has meanwhile been reported in local media as saying that the Avaaz campaign was an attempt by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party and “media groups” to destroy tourism in the Maldives and wreak havoc on the economy.
There are only about 50 people who directly profit from Maldivian resorts. If our lifestyles and traditions can only be vivified by keeping the country in a century-old mold, the development that we yearn for would be impossible, writes former President Mohamed Nasheed.
“Let’s put an end to this lunacy by hitting the government where it hurts: their tourism industry,” declared Avaaz, a petition and activism site with a community of over 20 million members in 194 countries.
Figures from the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture reveal that an increase of 21,493 tourists visited the Maldives last month compared to February last year.
The resort has denied the allegations from the dismissed staff members, which included preventing Chinese guests from making instant noodles by removing the kettles from their room to force them into the resort’s restaurants.
Exclusive luxury resort Soneva Fushi is embroiled in an increasingly hostile dispute with Biosphere Expeditions, an international environmental conservation non-governmental organisation (NGO), over allegations of grant contract breaching and “green-washing”.