Taking toddlers on a foreign holiday can be fraught at the best of times—but tropical sun, sea and sand never fails to settle the most fractious spirit! Such was the case for Islay Lord and his family on their beach holiday in Sri Lanka.
An earthquake in the shape of government bulldozers recently hit Mirissa, Sri Lanka’s renowned south-coast tourist and surfing resort. The story was widely reported around the Internet, and now a blogging couple on La Adventura Project are asking: Did the government make the right decision?
Surfing in Sri Lanka is perfect for beginners, says the South China Morning Post, which rates our beaches second only to the Hainan centre in China itself. “Warm waters and a fascinating culture are part and parcel of surfing in Sri Lanka, and “the coastline around the southwest coast has great beginner waves”.
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.”