Tourism is the largest contributor to the Maldives economy. It generate both direct and indirect income. Tourism industry plays a vital role in earning foreign exchange revenues and generating employment in the tertiary sector of the country. Around 87 resorts operate in the Maldives which sum up to 16000 beds. In early 1970s tourism sector in the Maldives was significantly small. There was no international airport, tourists arrived from Sri Lanka on small chartered aircraft and stayed in the Maldives as an extension to Sri Lankan holiday package.
State of emergency is a situation of national danger in which a government suspends normal constitutional procedures in order to regain control. The order by Supreme Court to release the political prisoners on the beginning of this month led to severe disputes between the Maldives’s government, resulting in a 15-day state of emergency.
Did it affect the tourism industry of the Maldives?
Yes! The Maldives is in a political crisis. Did it affect the tourism industry of the Maldives? Did it hinder tourist bookings to the Maldives? No. our president and the people in charge assures unchanged, calm and peaceful environment for vacationers. Even the travelers interviewed by public service media of the Maldives from Velana international airport stated that they did not find any difference nor had a threat in travelling to the Maldives.
All in all, this is the best time of the year you can enjoy the beauty of our tropical paradise to its fullest. Political crisis will not and should not have any effect on your vacation. The Maldives is a tourist-friendly destination and will continue to be one always.