We don't trust Maldives leaders any further than we can throw them and feel sorry for hotel companies that have invested heavily in tourism there.
All of these videos do a good job of immersing the viewer in the travel experience, but what makes them stand out is how they connect with the viewer on an emotional level.
The water is rising in the Maldives because of global warming. One of the big contributors to global warming is long-haul commercial air travel. You'd think that building floating hotels for the super rich wouldn't be the first problem to solve.
Singapore, China and Japan was where the action was last year for hotel investors, with renewed business and leisure travel in these markets. Expect 2014 to be another whopper year.
The decision provides some stability following the coup, but we'll likely not see the state address the environmental issues related to the Maldives' travel industry.
The Maldives protesters know more about making a social media splash than all the social media experts on tap to speak at World Travel Market. Perhaps they'll be invited next year to lead a seminar?
The ex-president's ouster has already given luxury travelers a reason to turn elsewhere for their over-water bungalows, and the threatened strike will only give more reason to avoid the islands for now.
The island paradise that's a bell-weather for both high-end luxury accommodations and global warming is always trying to maintain a delicate balance, and it's political instability over the last year has not helped residents or visitors.
Mauritius is largely benefitting from the Maldives political instability and regular press about the rising water levels.
This symbolizes everything that is wrong with packaged tourism, sanitized away from the realities and daily lives of the locals. And yet, boycotting these countries, including example of Burma before it started opening up, only adds to economic misery of common people.