Sri Lanka to get tough on ‘Foreigners Only’ policy at tourist spots

Sri Lanka to get tough on ‘Foreigners Only’ policy at tourist spots

Colombo, Aug 9 ( – The Sri Lankan government has said it will not tolerate any tourist spots, pubs or restaurants across the island to have a ‘foreigners only’ policy after a rise in complaints by locals who said they were being turned away and discriminated.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Faiszer Musthapha has instructed the Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva to ‘control’ the situation, especially in the south where it is alleged that foreign tourists are given preferential treatment over local tourists.

Referring in particular to beach resorts in Weligama and Mirissa which cater to ‘Foreigners Only’, the Minister said he would take ‘every action in his power to correct this unhealthy situation’. the Daily News reported.

Issuing a statement the Minister said that he had come to hear of the issue at a meeting with top entrepreneurs in the tourism industry and had instructed officers to take immediate steps to control the issue through the local governments.

Several resorts in the Weligama and Mirissa area have discriminated against local residents by serving ‘Foreigners Only’ and segregating sections of the beach for the use of foreign tourists only.