With Lakshadweep finally getting its long-due recognition, it’s the Maldivian tourism that’s bearing the brunt of remarks by its ministers. This has led the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) to issue an apology letter. The letter talks about the importance of tourism between the two countries and urges EaseMyTrip CEO to reopen flight bookings to Maldives.
Letter Addressing The Controversy, Its Impact & Relations With India
Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators writes to EaseMyTrip CEO Nishant Pitti to re-open flight bookings to Maldives pic.twitter.com/ojCxpPar7b
— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2024
The letter, addressed to EaseMyTrip CEO Nishant Pitti, MATATO has issued a sincere apology for the regrettable and hurtful comments by their ministers. The letter spoke about tourism being the livelihood of many travel agents and bodies and how this entire controversy is affecting that. Further, the letter also mentions that the comment by the ministers “did not reflect sentiments of Maldivians in general.”
An excerpt from the letter mentions, “We want you to know that the bonds connecting our nations transcend politics.” They further emphasise how Indians aren’t just business associates to Maldivians but are their “cherished brothers and sisters.”
Urges EaseMyTrip CEO To Resume Flight Booking
The letter is addressed to Nishant Pitti because of his strong statement showing solidarity with India as EaseMyTrip has suspended all Maldives flight bookings for now. In his post on X (formerly Twitter) on 8th January, the EaseMyTrip CEO cleared his stand on the event. He even shared the apology letter shared by MATATO on X but has not given any hint for his further actions on the same.
In solidarity with our nation, @EaseMyTrip has suspended all Maldives flight bookings ✈️ #TravelUpdate #SupportingNation #LakshadweepTourism #ExploreIndianlslands #Lakshadweep#ExploreIndianIslands @kishanreddybjp @JM_Scindia @PMOIndia @tourismgoi @narendramodi @incredibleindia https://t.co/wIyWGzyAZY
— Nishant Pitti (@nishantpitti) January 7, 2024
Meanwhile, Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu has asked China to “intensify” efforts to increase tourism in Maldives. They have requested China to send more tourists to their nation.
Someone great said that words once spoken never die. While the Internet gives us the opportunity to edit and delete, it still remembers! All politics aside, it’s the livelihood of people that bears the consequences of some callous words.
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