The hashtag “Boycott the Maldives” gained traction on social media as Maldivian leaders said it was causing controversy. The controversy stemmed from insulting and anti-Indian remarks by Maldivian politicians, leading to calls to boycott the Maldives as a tourist destination.
In response, Indian celebrities and social activists have encouraged people to explore the Indian islands, highlighting the beauty of Lakshadweep. Political tensions escalated after a Maldivian minister accused India of targeting the country, leading to a flurry of online campaigns advocating a boycott of the Maldives in support of Indian tourism.
The trending hashtag has prompted many people, including celebrities, to cancel their planned trips to the Maldives, and there has been a noticeable shift in interest in visiting tourist destinations like Lakshadweep. The controversy continues as controversy rises over offensive messaging, and the “Boycott Maldives” movement gains momentum on social media platforms. The basis for the dispute
The controversy started when three Maldivian ministers – Mariyam Shiuna, Malsha Shareef, and Mahzoom Majid, along with political leader Zahid Rameez – made derogatory remarks about India and criticized Prime Minister Modi’s efforts to promote Lakshadweep as a tourist destination.
These comments caused a huge uproar, prompting the Maldives government to suspend the three ministers for their offensive remarks and distance themselves from their statements.
Indian celebrities support Lakshadweep
In response to the controversy, many Indian celebrities encouraged people to explore the Indian islands, highlighting the beauty of Lakshadweep. Celebrities include Sachin Tendulkar, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Shraddha Kapoor and Madhur Bhandarkar.
They stressed the need to support domestic tourism and urged people to cancel their planned trips to the Maldives.
Impact on social media in tourism
The hashtag “Boycott Maldives” has gained popularity on social media platforms, with many users expressing their support for the movement and sharing their experiences of canceling their planned trip to the Maldives.
This has led to a shift in interest in exploring tourist destinations like Lakshadweep, with the hashtag ‘ExploreIndian Islands’ trending on social media platforms.
The controversy could affect tourism to the Maldives from India, with some travelers reporting questions about alternative destinations.
The “Boycott Maldives” movement has gained momentum on social media platforms, Indian celebrities and media professionals are encouraging people to explore the Indian island and support tourism. The controversy led to renewed interest in Lakshadweep and the cancellation of planned trips to the Maldives, highlighting the potential impact of political tensions on tourism and the importance of using social media services.