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Maldives: Overthrown Leader Urges Tourists to Boycott

Date: July 2nd, 2012 | No Comments

Overthrown President Mohamed Nasheed has called for a tourism boycott of the island nation, which is famed for its white sand beaches and high-end luxury resorts. Tourism is the primary source of employment in Maldives and makes up about 30 percent of the gross national product. Nasheed has urged anyone who has booked a trip [read more]

Maldives: New President to Open All of Maldives to Foreigners

Date: November 6th, 2008 | No Comments

In its first ever multiparty elections Oct. 28 the Maldives removed the incumbent president, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had ruled the country for the last 30 years and replaced him with Mohamed Nasheed. Nasheed had been a political prisoner for part of that time, but his election marks the beginning of a new era. One [read more]

South and Southeast Asia

Date: January 18th, 2005 | 1 comment

Areas devastated by the tsunami are recovering at different paces, with Aceh province in Indonesia’s Sumatra the hardest hit and farthest from any semblance of normalcy. Many other areas, however, are on the mend and several countries are pleading with tourists to return because their economies depend on them. Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldive [read more]

Maldive Islands

Date: August 17th, 2004 | No Comments

Pro-democracy demonstrations that turned violent in Male prompted the president to impose a state of emergency, giving him the power to take any necessary steps to maintain order. An indefinite curfew is in effect. Until recently, protests have been rare here, breaking out for the first time last year. Demonstrators have been seeking democratic reforms, [read more]

Maldives: $3 a Day Environment Tax on Tourists

Date: September 9th, 2009 | No Comments

The government intends to institute an environment tax on all tourists who visit the islands, assuming parliament approves the plan put forward by President Mohammed Nasheed. The “green tax” will be $3 per tourist per day and will help fund projects to convert the Maldives to using only renewable energy sources. The tax is being [read more]

Maldive Islands: Bomb in Male Injures Tourists

Date: October 3rd, 2007 | No Comments

A bomb in Sultan Park in the capital city, Male, injured 12 foreign tourists, two seriously Sept. 29. Ten suspects were arrested but the motives for the attack were not known. The government blamed dissidents who have been urging the long-ruling president to institute democratic reforms in the archipelago where political parties became legal just [read more]

South and Southeast Asia

Date: December 27th, 2004 | No Comments

The tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Sumatra caused devastation throughout both regions and will have an impact on travel and tourism in coastal areas of many countries for at least the next few weeks. Sri Lanka, southern India, Aceh province in Indonesia, southwestern Thailand and the Maldive Islands were all [read more]

Maldive Islands

Date: September 24th, 2003 | No Comments

An unprecedented riot occurred in the capital city, Male, Sept. 20 when violence in the local jail spurred relatives and friends of injured prisoners to attack government buildings and burn police vehicles. Officials imposed a curfew and police patrolled the streets with armored vehicles, but the curfew was lifted Sept. 22. The incident did not [read more]

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