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Maldives tourism hit as travelers stay away from island nation following unrest

A group of women bathe at an artificial beach in the Maldives capital Male on February 7, 2018. The Maldives president on February 7 welcomed a Supreme Court move to reinstate the convictions of high-profile political prisoners after he arrested two top judges and declared a state of emergency, plunging the upmarket holiday paradise into chaos. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

A significant number of tourists have been cancelling their travel plans to Maldives after President Abdulla Yameen imposed a state of emergency in the island nation. Hundreds of hotel bookings have already been cancelled, tour operators say, despite the government assuring that things are normal in resort islands. “We have had about 50-60 room cancellations per day and the number is consistent since it started. This is the same for all of our properties in the country,” a spokesman for Paradise Island Resort-Villa Group told Reuters. Travel guidelines Countries such as China, India, USA and UK issued travel alerts shortly after…

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