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Tourists safe in Maldives, but should stay alert

02-10-2012 10:21 BJT Special Report:Maldives President Resigns |

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The Chinese Embassy in the Maldives says the country’s tourists are safe to travel around the island nation but should stay alert, after the country’s first democratically elected president resigned following weeks of protests.

Shanghai’s municipal tourism administration says around 370 tourists from Shanghai are stuck in the Maldives. All are confirmed safe, as they are on scattered islands, instead of the capital Male. But the Chinese Embassy has advised the Chinese Foreign Ministry and travel agencies to postpone or cancel trips there.

The Maldives comprises around 1200 low-lying islands - of which about 100 islands are resorts. Tourism is the Maldives’ largest industry, and China has been its largest source of tourists for the past two years. More than 198 thousand Chinese visited the island state in 2011.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: CNTV.CN

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