Amid the recent controversy over a Maldives MP’s post on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep, people in India are cancelling their trips to Maldives and are supporting tourism in India. Showing its support towards tourism in India, InsuranceDekho, an online insurance platform has decided to stop issuing travel insurance to the Maldives.
Yajur Mahendru, product head at InsuranceDekho, said on LinkedIn, “We at InsuranceDekho have decided to immediately stop issuance of travel insurance to the Maldives on our platform. We stand united with our country and align with our nation’s interest.”
“It’s time to explore our own island treasures, such as the beautiful Lakshadweep, that beckon with unparalleled beauty and calm,” he added. The product head also shared an image with his LinkedIn post which read, “As a mark of solidarity with our nation and its leaders, InsuranceDekho has suspended sale of travel insurance to the Maldives.”
In a similar move, Prashant Pitti, the co-founder of EaseMyTrip has also stated that the company will no longer accept bookings for Maldives. The company will now promote Lakshadweep and Ayodhya as potential tourist destinations.
Pitti said, as quoted by ANI, “Every year, 3 lakh tourists from our nation travel to Maldives, however now they will be unable to use this feature on EaseMyTrip. We have put five new packages online on EaseMyTrip to publicise Lakshadweep and are proposing that other airlines offer direct service to Lakshadweep from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
He further added, “In addition to promoting Lakshadweep, we are also promoting Ayodhya. In a hope that Ayodhya develops into a popular international tourist attraction, akin to Lakshadweep, where visitors arrive in the spring and foreign travel to our nation rises. To advance our nation, we would like other airlines and travel websites to join our cause”.