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Row over Swiss couple mocked in Maldives

Maldives government said on Friday that it would issue guidelines on tourist weddings after a YouTube video showed a Swiss couple being mocked and insulted by the staff of a resort while renewing their marriage vows.

world Updated: Oct 30, 2010 00:18 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Maldives government said on Friday that it would issue guidelines on tourist weddings after a YouTube video showed a Swiss couple being mocked and insulted by the staff of a resort while renewing their marriage vows.

The video showed the couple in the middle of a renewal-of-vows ceremony surrounded by the staff of the Vilu Reef resort. But unknown to the duo, one among the staff acting as the ‘minister’ unleashed a volley of insults against them in the local Dhivehi language.

Sensing the potential damage the incident could do to the tourism of Maldives, President Mohamed Nasheed said on Friday that tourist hotels without exception will be required to follow the guidelines to be issued shortly.