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Travel agents request assisting stranded Ukrainian tourists in Maldives

Mohamed Rehan
27 February 2022, MVT 21:42
Ukrainian travel agencies have urged the Maldivian tourism industry to assist stranded travelers amid war--
Mohamed Rehan
27 February 2022, MVT 21:42

Ukrainian travel agencies and agents have collectively requested from the Maldivian tourism industry to provide support and assistance to Ukrainian travelers currently stranded in the island nation.

The plea from Ukraine travel agencies has come at a time when the country is facing financial transactional issues and a general lockdown of aviation.

Ukraine's travel trades have requested the Maldivian government and the tourism industry to extend hospitality to its travelers for "a few days" until the situation dissipates.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of Resort Life, a Maldivian travel agency with operations in Ukraine, Mr. Mohamed Shaaz Ali told Mihaaru news that the country was among key contributors to the Maldivian tourism industry amid the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in 2020.

In his statement, it was time for the Maldives to "return the favor."

According to Mr. Ali, some Maldivian tourist properties have started to accommodate stranded Ukrainian travelers free of charge, while he added that the same hospitability should be extended to the Russian travelers who stranded amid the chaotic geopolitical tensions.

Following the Russian president's call for 'military exercises' in Ukraine, which subsequently has erupted into war, the Maldives Ministry of Tourism commenced efforts to assist the stranded travelers including ease of visa extension, as well as safe traveling options to neighboring destinations closer to their respective homes and cheaper lodging or accommodation options.

The recent statistics from the Ministry of Tourism place the number of stranded Ukrainian travelers in the Maldives between 750 to 800, while the Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom said that the state body will receive exact data sometime tomorrow.

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