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.”
Tounge-in-cheek advice that Mirissa police adopt the Miami Vice approach following violence at our premier Mirissa beach resort would add a touch of glamour to the tourist experience! The Sunday Times says “it will not be exactly Armani, but our tourist police will soon be wearing more public-friendly uniforms”.
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.”
With tourist safety now a top Sri Lanka government priority, the Special Task Force (STF) will patrol the beaches of Mirissa after the Sunday Times reports “violent attacks on tourists allegedly by a mafia group operating in the area as beach boys, with local political backing”.
Veteran traveller Julie writes on her The Less Travelled Path blog that “Sri Lanka is a great place for beach lovers, some already well known, others more off-the-beaten-path”.
Sand, sea, sun and seafood in Sri Lanka hit the spot for US-based travel blog All The Rooms with its latest post on the top six beaches around the island. It says: “With authentic Sri Lankan culture and locally prepared seafood readily available, a trip to one of these beach towns will be an unforgettable journey.”