MOSCOW, February 10 (Itar-Tass) —— Unrest in the Maldives poses no threat to Russian tourists, the Association of Russian Travel Operators said on Friday.
A spokesman for the association said the recent developments in the Maldives did not have an affect on the demand for this vacationing destination among Russians.
“Russian tourists continue their vacations in the Maldives, there are no threats to their lives of health, flights are performed in a regular mode,” Oleg Moiseyev, a spokesman for the Russian Tourism Agency (Rostourism), told Itar-Tass. “Rostourism received no emergency calls from tourists vacationing in the Maldives.”
“What is going on in the republic has no impact of the travel industry,” he added.
According to the Association of Russian Travel Operators, from 1,600 to 2,000 Russians are staying in the Maldives. Experts say the Maldives is a popular vacationing destination among Russians. According to Rostourism statistics, about 30,000 Russians visited the Maldives in 2010, and about 40,000 – in 2011.
On February 7, President of the Republic of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed resigned after a series of anti-governmental protests and handed over his powers to Vice President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik.