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Maldives Ministry of Tourism Issues Ban on Foreign Employment in Photography Field
The Ministry of Tourism in the Republic of Maldives has issued a circular reminding all tourist establishments that expatriates cannot be hired in the field of photography. The circular, which was sent out on June 21st, 2015, references an announcement from the Department of Immigration and Emigration dated May 19th, 2014, which also prohibits foreign employment in the photography field. The Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Maryam Gasim, has expressed her appreciation for the full cooperation and support of all tourist establishments in regards to this matter. She emphasized the importance of following the regulations set forth by the Department of Immigration and Emigration to maintain the integrity of the tourism industry in the Maldives. This ban on foreign employment in the photography field is in line with the Maldives’ effort to promote local talent and support the growth of the local economy. The Ministry of Tourism believes that this measure will provide opportunities for local photographers to showcase their talents and help develop the photography industry in the Maldives. Tourist establishments are requested to cancel any employment approvals of foreign employees working as photographers immediately. The Ministry of Tourism will closely monitor the compliance of this regulation to ensure that the tourism industry remains in line with the regulations set forth by the government. In conclusion, the Ministry of Tourism has taken a firm stance on the issue of foreign employment in the photography field, and tourist establishments are expected to comply with the regulations set forth by the Department of Immigration and Emigration. The ban on foreign employment in the photography field is a step towards promoting local talent and supporting the growth of the local economy in the Maldives.