Fake demos cost travel advisories against the country

Basically it happens like this. The country is highly polarized with people pro and against controversial former president Anni. Approximately a little bit less than half of the population supports him while the rest are split between what could be termed as royalists (PPM) and progressives (JP coalition). So we have 3 major political thinking at the moment. The current hullabaloo about the case before Supreme Court is just a technical legal process which has to be completed whoever runs the show. There are many issues in the whole story including the personal lifestyle of a Supreme Court judge and the quality of evidence JP submitted against the first round of presidential elections. To summarize the whole story, it may be safely said that politicians are encouraging disruptive behavior by calling for tourism boycotts which are usually followed by unsuspecting politically naïve followers.

In resorts the political wheeling and dealing are enthusiastically followed by resort workers who discuss the finer points of the days happening after duty hours normally in the staff gym or cafeteria. There is great camaraderie and honest heart to heart discussions sometimes quite heated. To make for a party atmosphere soft drink cases are usually bought from staff shop and enemies and friends enjoy political toast to their political masters in Male’. Usually somewhere in the discussion the idea to capture the moment and share in social media occurs to somebody and is carried out.

From there on the evil political masters take over and twist the story to their advantage and start frantic anti campaigns against the country.

To make the story go viral they even include Iran and Syria as well in the hash tags to get attention to the story.

The damage has already been done. What started as a light hearted talk was quite successfully turned to something more sinister. Travel advisory against the country has already been issued from 5 countries and more are to follow. Those who are calling for tourism boycott against the country are the true enemies of the country. Tourism can make or break this country and no sane person with a cool mind will call for self destruction. If this was about a single hotelier abusing the staff or something similar, a strike can be justified. But we have at the moment is no strikes and irresponsible hot-headed politicos inviting maximum damage to the country. It’s sad that TEAM the biggest organization representing tourism workers also appears to support boycott of tourism forgetting that more than half of those who work in resorts are not going to support their political view. TEAM shall be more neutral and be support of all political views to succeed in the long term. Whichever party comes to power, a self damaged economy would be the most difficult wound to heal.


3 thoughts on “Fake demos cost travel advisories against the country

  1. I am a tourist. I will be coming to your country in February for a much longed for holiday and I hope I have chosen a resort with a fabulous housereef. Luxury accommodation is not on my list of wants or needs. Not is being waited on hand and foot. Now there is always a tension between those with money and those with less income, I am well aware of the economic disparity across the world. I am also aware some tourists behave like spoiled brats, but that is true of all nationalities, there are always a minority who seem to lack manners or grace. The Maldives unique selling point is its wonderful environment and the people. I would hope that by taking a holiday with you that I make a small contribution to your economy. Certainly in the past we have limited our use of bottled water and soft drinks…one because they are hugely expensive and secondly because what I save on items like this I can give in tips to those who deserve the additional income. Also all plastics that travel with us are taken back to UK for recycling. I take the environment seriously and have no more wish to litter your world than mine.

    I know your wages are pitiful as are your living conditions in many cases. If I see a company highlighted as being abusive, be assured we would not choose it for a holiday. If you make suggestions as to how, as tourists, we can respect you in a more meaningful manner, please reply to this comment.

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