'Come on Indians, our source of income'; The number of tourists has decreased, tourism minister has invited

By: 600011 On: May 7, 2024, 5:42 PM


Mali: Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal invited Indians to Maldives. The intervention comes at a time when the number of Indian tourists is on the decline. The request is to visit and help the economy of the Maldives, which depends on tourism. Ibrahim Faisal highlighted the long-standing relationship between Maldives and India.

The tourism minister said that the newly elected Maldivian government also wants to work with India - "We always promote peace and friendship. Our people and government will warmly welcome the arrival of Indians. As tourism minister, I request Indians to be a part of Maldivian tourism. Our economy depends on tourism."

According to reports, the number of tourists from India has decreased by 42 percent in the first four months of this year compared to last year. Last year, 73,785 Indian tourists visited the Maldives from January to April. Only 42,638 people came this year. According to the Maldives Tourism Ministry, 6,63,269 tourists arrived till April this year. 71,995 were from China, followed by the UK (66,999), Russia (66,803), Italy (61,379) and Germany (52,256).

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted photos and a video from Lakshadweep on January 6, Maldivian ministers made derogatory remarks. There was a big protest against this. After that, the number of Indian visitors to Maldives has decreased significantly. Within hours of the swearing-in of Maldivian President Mohammad Muisu, Indian troops had also been asked to withdraw from the country. This was within hours of being sworn in last November. He said that the presence of Indian troops was a threat to the sovereignty of his country. This also affected the relationship between the two countries