Posted on 12.25.2018 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Lankan tourism has affected by the recent political uncertainty, by falling the number of tourist arrivals, independent researches revealed.
Comparing to the last year, when the entire hospitality sector enjoyed the arrival of large numbers of visitors from all over the world, this December Lanka has lost many hopeful tourists owing to travel warnings issued by diplomatic offices. Most of the hotels and guesthouses had a near 100% occupancy in 2017, but that was not so this year” an expert in the tourism said. The foreign offices of these western governments issued the caution notice for Sri Lanka by publicizing these warnings on their websites which in return triggered all major tour operators to issue the publication of the Sri Lanka caution notice to all their travel agency outlets.
In fact, these tour operators for legal reasons are strictly obliged to follow their government’s warning notices and to avoid eventual legal claims from tourists who had not been informed prior to their journeys and who might have been victimized. Many of the German tourists who arrived here have described that prior to their departure, some of their relatives and friends in Germany expressed concerns in view of the German Government’s warning about the situation in Lanka. The warning notice includes to urgently avoid public gatherings in general and not to come close to venues where political assemblies happen.
Meanwhile, other observers commenting about the deterioration of the tourist arrivals explain that the stark drop of tourist arrivals was not caused by the constitutional problems faced during the last months, but moreover the misrepresentation from foreign missions in Sri Lanka to their respective western governments. Noticing the German Embassy’s travel advice, that it warns people not to generally not come near public gatherings, assuming the dangers of being hurt does not reflect at all the factual ground situations of the past few months. Even during the constitutional crisis, which at the end found an environment of peaceful solution, not a single foreigner had been harmed. no violent situation developed between the demonstrations of different fractions.
The demonstrating parties have obvious criticism over foreign involvements in the crisis but they never involved in violent comments or action targeting foreigners. The German warning notice is irresponsibly inflated and had caused massive negative impacts to the Sri Lankan tourism industry in general. In a surprising view, included in the United Kingdom travel warning advised that “terror attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out” which is exaggerating the real situation in Sri Lanka. This is totally unacceptable, tourism specialists pointed out since for the period of last 10 years no terror attack had been occurred and especially no foreigner had been found victimized owing to such a threat, they said.