Bar closure affect holidaymakers

The General Manager of Villa Hotels and Resorts Group Qaisar Naseem has stated the current raids and confiscation of alcoholic beverages from the company owned resorts by authorities could deeply affect holidaymaker sentiments and business.

Naseem's statement came at a time when Maldives Customs Service had confiscated alcoholic beverages at Fun Island Resort and Spa, a resort under Villa Hotels and Resorts Group. Customs authority had also taken hold of the alcoholic beverages placed in the bars of the resort.

Speaking to Avas Online on Saturday night, Naseem asserted the action of Customs authority could leave the bars in not just Fun Island Resort but every raided resort under Villa banner getting isolated from tourist engagement, resulting in a serious decline in business for the properties amounting to insurmountable losses.

"Bars will no longer be able to serve alcoholic beverages, visitors can only select soft and other beverage options from these venues. Tourists frequent these venues due to their service in alcoholic beverages however due to the lack of it would definitely result in the business getting interrupted," Naseem said.

While Customs and Maldives Police Service had raided and confiscated alcoholic beverages at Fun Island Resort, the venue currently has a guest occupancy of 177 individuals.

Tourists at Fun Island Resort and Spa were reported to have repeatedly questioned Customs and Police officers on-site regarding their operation.