Swiss couple mocked, insulted in Maldives wedding video
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 hotel while renewing their marriage vows.world Updated: Oct 29, 2010 18:04 IST
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 hotel 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 hotel. 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. The couple was clearly taken in by the solemn tone that the staff member adopted.
The video sparked outrage on the internet and was hardly good news for the tourism-dependent Maldives. Many of its secluded resort islands are popular honeymoon destinations for tourists from across the world.
Sensing the potential damage the incident could do to the tourism of this Sunni Muslim nation, President Mohamed Nasheed said in his weekly radio address on Friday that tourist hotels without exception will be required to follow the guidelines to be issued shortly.
In his address, which was also released in Colombo, Nasheed expressed disgust at the incident and described the behaviour of those involved as “absolutely disgraceful”.
He appealed to all members of staff working in tourist resorts to be "vigilantly professional". Nasheed noted that bad behaviour, such as that depicted in the YouTube video, could cause enormous damage to the country’s tourism industry.
The government has launched a full scale investigation into the incident.
The travel agency Sun Travels and Tours issued a statement saying the corporate management of the resort was “deeply saddened by this humiliating event and expresses its serious concerns over the incident, including the content shown in the video and the unforgivable conduct displayed by the staff involved in the incident.”
News website, Minivan News quoted the company as having said: “the management is in the process of contacting the two tourists who were victimised in this incident to extend sincerest apologies for this unacceptable incident. The management would offer compensation for the abuse they have suffered.”