The increasing radicalisation of the Maldivian government could have grave consequences for the nation's tourism, according to former president Mohamed Nasheed.
A popular honeymoon destination for westerners, the Maldives could soon ban spas, same-sex beaches and alcohol from holiday resorts.
In an interview with Telegraph Travel, the former president said "They are talking about alcohol-free resorts, about getting non-drinking tourists to come in from Iran. I can easily imagine holidaymakers being prosecuted for kissing in public, as in some Muslim countries."
Since Mr Nasheed was ousted from government on 7 February 2012 and replaced by a coalition of parties, policies have steadily been becoming more Islamist in nature.
Public dancing and singing has already been banned in the capital city of Malé as well as angry protests after the release of an anti-islamic American video ?Innocence of Muslims' which provoked anger across the Muslim world.
Travellers to the region have been assured that there is no danger in resorts but the Foreign and Commonwealth website has advised those who venture into Malé to exercise caution and avoid demonstrations and spontaneous gatherings.
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