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Illegal restaurants and pubs along Mirissa beach to be removed

Illegal restaurants and pubs along the Mirissa beach will be removed from next month, the Coast Conservation Department said.

Officials said that demolishing the illegal structures will begin on May 8 in Mirissa and continue along other areas as well.

The move follows the recent incident involving a group of Dutch tourists.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) had this week ordered the Water Creatures Beach Guest Restaurant & Surf Bar to be closed following an assault on some foreign tourists.

The Police had later arrested several suspects over the incident and they were remanded by court.

It was reported that four tourists including a Dutch male and two women were assaulted at the Surf Bar in Mirissa on 8th April when they resisted the suspects attempting to sexually harass the women. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda

3 Comments for “Illegal restaurants and pubs along Mirissa beach to be removed”

  1. Citizen

    The decision is to start the operation on May 08th.
    Why not immediately ? Is May 08th an auspicious day ?

  2. Chrisantha

    Why only Mirissa. ? There should be a national plan covering all important tourist hot spots. There should be registration of all tourist pubs, shops, restaurants and attractions so that basic standards are met. These registrations should be displayed prominently and tourists should be adviced to use only such facilities. Tourists are also hassled by beggars, snake charmers, beach sellers, beach boys. Many areas such as Unawatuna, you get garbage, dirty water puddles, cows +/- poo and stay dogs ( many tourists are sensitive to treatment of animals) . There should be tourist board officials in charge of each area who could liaise with local authorities and police to protect all aspects related to tourism. Also, they should organise tourism related societies to discuss matters related to tourism. Even people who make a living such as beach sellers, snake charmers etc should be registered and given some basic training on how to deal with tourists so that they are not harassed. Those who not registered should be barred from such areas.
    Lanka should have an action plan to develop ‘responsible tourism’.

  3. Jamputs

    This is reactionary policies. What is needed is proactive policies by the tourist board. Govt should demarcate tourist areas and special regulations should be enacted. With in these areas all touristic facilities should be registered, regulated and standards maintained. To get the registration, the owners/managers should be given basic training to cover customer service, laws, standards etc. Once given approval, these licenses should be displayed prominently so that tourists have confidence in such establishments. Local hotels should be encouraged to have a list of approved facilities in each bed room/hotel to keep tourists informed. This means it will be vital for every private establishment to get this approval to do business. As part of this process, local tourist officials should have a complaints process and they should be fed back to and taken appropriate action to maintain their registration. If such process was there, major incidents such as in Mirissa could have been avioded as these are not ‘one off’ events.The impact of a such incident could be devastating for local tourist income and lively hoods but also to the country as a whole. Wake up tourist board and the ministry!

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