Following our story on the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ campaign in Sri Lanka, the world’s media reports the tragic death of a whale that swallowed 80 plastic bags. The bags, weighing 8kg, were found during an autopsy after the pilot whale died in southern Thailand.
Tourists in Sri Lanka protected by demolition of illegal hotels and bars in Matara-Mirissa south-coast zone
The safety of tourists on the beaches of southern Sri Lanka has been reinforced with the destruction of illegal hotels and bar restaurants. Says a government spokesman: “The aim is to prevent problems to local and foreign tourists, ensuring their safety and protecting natural beauty of the environment.”
100,000 Chinese tourists have visited Sri Lanka so far this year, with 17,462 in April making China the third largest market after India and the UK. Total arrivals in April was 180,429, 12.6 up on last year. By the end of April, visitors totalled 888,353, a 16.1 percent growth over the same period last year.
AsianMIRROR reports the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority announcement that the 1990 Ambulance service would be introduced to some key tourist destinations later this year. 1990 is Sri Lanka’s very first fully fledged free pre-hospital care ambulance service with state of the art fully equipped vehicles.
VAT tax refund for visitors to Sri Lanka ‘aimed at attracting tourists and generating income by sale of products’
A 15% VAT tax refund for visitor when they leave Sri Lanka, due to start in June, will put the country on par with Singapore, officials have announced. The Sunday Times reports that the Tourist VAT Refund System (TVRS) is “aimed at attracting tourists and generating income by sale of products”.
The spectre of widely reported harassment of tourists at the idyllic Mirissa beach resort in Sri Lanka has galvanised tourism bosses into action. “What we need right now is to find long lasting solutions … to ensure that all informal sector operators … adhere to proper standards.”