Cup noodle fans should think twice when booking holidays in the Maldives, according to several Chinese travel agencies. Some luxury resorts have stopped providing Chinese guests with hot water to prevent them from skipping meals and room service in favor of cup noodles.
Anger and calls for a boycott erupted on China’s social media after Zhao Jianke, a former guest service manager at The Beach House Iruveli (TBHI), a five-star resort in northern Maldives, posted claims of discriminatory practices of the resort where he worked from October last year to February.
Many potential holidaymakers say they will stop vacationing on the Indian Ocean island until TBHI offers an official apology.
Zhao Jianke told SCMP.com that staff were ordered to treat Chinese visitors differently after the appointment of a new general manager in December.
“The new manager ordered us to take away hot water kettles from Chinese guests’ rooms and keep them in European guests’ rooms,” Zhao wrote in his statement on a Chinese microblogging site.