The Maldives is a tropical nation located in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea. The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands and is extremely beautiful. It is usually filled with tourists.
Wikipedia says, “As of 2008, 89 resorts in the Maldives offered over 17,000 beds and hosted over 600,000 tourists annually”.
Why not? The Maldives is beautiful…
The Maldives recently has been facing a tough time. Five tourists including a honeymoon couple have drowned in a single week. Officials have promoted a nationwide safety warning to holiday resorts there. Also, the resorts have been told to keep an eye on their clients after the deadly incidents have happened. Around 1.3 million tourists visited the Maldives in 2017. But simultaneously another data shows that 30 deaths were also reported the same year. The same has been happening this year too.
- In the month of January, a few casualties happened again. An 84-year-old tourist died at a resort near the capital Male while snorkelling. After two days a 66-year-old died.
- A Russian woman died at a resort while diving on 20th January.
- A Pakistani holidaymaker had a narrow escape and was taken to the hospital
- A couple from the Philippines died while diving. The man was 29 years old and the woman was 30 years old.
The strong currents caused due to the northeast monsoons are blamed for this.
The FCO has warned the resorts for the same. The visitors are also told to ask for local advice before plunging into the waters. Ali Wahid, tourism minister says that tourist facilities in the Maldives will be well inspected for the next 6-8 months. He also said that there will be “Revolutionary changes” in 2019.
The Maldives is expecting a significant number of tourists this year. So tourism ministry is working on identifying “safe zones” for swimming and diving. Till then the island nation has declared a state of emergency because of the recent incidents.
The Maldives relies heavily on tourism for its economy. But if the issue isn’t resolved soon, the Maldives can face a heavy loss on the tourism front.