The rules were aimed at alleviating a persisting dollar shortage and tackling an entrenched black market.
Expressing concern over declining revenues, MATI called on the government to increase destination marketing activities.
“The most commonly used method to call for a boycott is social media. We have a lot of trouble selling our packages in tourism fairs and catalogues because of this,” said Ahmed Nazeer, secretary general of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI). He told MPs that a law criminalising calls for a tourism boycott is long overdue.