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Colombo, April 18 (Daily Mirror) - Strict measures will be taken against anyone causing inconvenience to foreigners visiting the country. She expressed concern over a group of individuals engaging in such indecent behavior, labeling them as disgraceful, Tourism State Minister Diana Gamage said.

"These individuals show no respect towards foreigners. Their actions pose a threat to our country's reputation and cannot be tolerated," she stated.

The State Minister highlighted that modern-day tourists are well-informed and not easily misled. She stressed the importance of maintaining Sri Lanka's reputation for friendliness and hospitality.

"With nearly 700,000 foreigners having visited by April, it's crucial to prevent such actions from tarnishing our image and damaging our economy," Gamage warned.

Recently, there have been two reported incidents in Kalutara and the Aluth Kade area of Colombo where tourists were treated poorly and charged excessively for meals.


  Comments - 23

  • Mohamed Burhan Thursday, 18 April 2024 07:41 AM

    Respected Minister! By most sellers locals as well are charged Rs.1900 for a full Kothu!!!!

    Kalana Thursday, 18 April 2024 10:26 AM

    We have cheaper koththu in UK

    Inferior or Reduced Ingredients if Cheaper Thursday, 18 April 2024 12:31 PM

    @Kalana- anything cheaper can also result inferior ingredients, size and service provided. If anyone feels the price is not acceptable, move on to another place. Other alternative, cook your own meals and decide on the type of ingredients preferred.

    Install Quality CCTV’s with Sound Options Thursday, 18 April 2024 08:27 AM

    Tourist might take advantage too. All business establishments should install a few quality CCTV’s with sound options. This will assist and safeguard anyone from abuse should there be blackmail by certain mischievous people.

    MT Thursday, 18 April 2024 09:07 AM

    Any action on Kalutara incident?

    STATE TOURIST MINISTER'S MEMORY LOSS AT ITS BEST Thursday, 18 April 2024 09:43 AM

    WHAT A JOKE, THE COUNTRY'S REPUTATION HAS BEEN THRASHED AND REPEATEDLY THRASHED BY OUR CORRUPT POLITICIANS FOR DECADES. WE NOW HAVE AN EDUCATED, BUT SADLY A STOOGE WITH NO BACKBONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE THRASHED IF THE PEOPLE DO NOT VOTE FOR A CHANGE AND KICK OUT THE MAJORITY IN THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT.

    Sokrates Thursday, 18 April 2024 09:49 AM

    It is completely justified that such rowdies who tarnish this country are denounced and held accountable. These YouTubers are definitely not beggars as some commentators claim and could probably afford to eat in a 5-star hotel every day. What's the problem if they make money from their reports? These YouTubers inform potential (Sri Lanka) tourists about a specific topic. Others provide information about other areas such as airlines or luxury hotels. Many tourists love street food and watch such reports closely, although I personally would never eat anything from such questionable and unhygienic establishments. As a foreigner with white skin who has been living in Sri Lanka for a long time, I too have had experiences with such fraudulent crooks in other areas. However, I always had a well-built "teacher" with me who immediately taught these crooks a lesson in good behaviour.

    Ama Thursday, 18 April 2024 10:26 AM

    Please instruct all RESTAURANTS and street food vendors to display price list. This way the conflict can be minimised. Enforce the law strictly. List out all guidelines for all RESTURANTS and make them aware of it. Thanks.

    Ravana Thursday, 18 April 2024 12:49 PM

    This is the best and most efficient idea. This has to be implemented in a number of different areas.

    Summa Nikangkanasinghe Thursday, 18 April 2024 10:47 AM

    Two points crop up here A) Is there a fixed regulated price for this particular item of food? B) Most countries of the world have different price for the Identical Item, one for the Locals

    Shera Thursday, 18 April 2024 11:06 AM

    Great. Be tough not only when foreigners are victims but locals also. Integrity must apply to all.

    wickrama wijayasiri Thursday, 18 April 2024 11:13 AM

    Why only the tourists? Prices should be posted for everything, almost. There should be a tourist police force to prevent abuse.

    Alain Carrier Thursday, 18 April 2024 11:38 AM

    And against fake guides and drivers who work illegally and lie to tourists by saying that they have a license, they are easy to find since they appear on all networks, what does the Sri Lankan government intend to do?

    Saman Thursday, 18 April 2024 12:24 PM

    what action against the Kaluatra chap selling vade for Rs.800/-

    Chand Thursday, 18 April 2024 02:05 PM

    Firstly remove charging higher rates for foreigners at attractions such as Sigiriya. That’s discrimination

    Mohammed intiquab Ghouse Thursday, 18 April 2024 03:02 PM

    All entrance tickets to ancient cities should be reduced, also the peradeniya gardens.

    Roshanaly Thursday, 18 April 2024 04:01 PM

    If the Government Organisation, such as Zoo and the Peradeniya Botanical Garden can charge more for the foreigners, there is nothing wrong for food vendors to charge higher rate for foreigners. Only problem here is that the Vendor is harsh and not polite.

    Kanagasamy Appanam Thursday, 18 April 2024 05:35 PM

    Moda Hora Gaani - what has happened to your VISA case? Looks like RW sent it under the carpet as other cases (Central Bank case, Rugby player case, myna money stealing case, WW murdor case etc) and allow you to pay Pin Padi and Pin allowances!! Pina and Wala pol kanawa!!

    Sammy Thursday, 18 April 2024 08:45 PM

    Firstly a fish Koththu does not cost Rs. 1,900 at wayside, street food outlets. Maybe in high end restaurants. Secondly, whatever the cost, that is not the way to treat anyone, let alone a tourist who was only questioning the price.

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 19 April 2024 03:57 AM

    I suspect that it is the latest strategy of NPP through their affiliated members.

    Rajan V.Pillai Friday, 19 April 2024 06:10 AM

    Thanks Sajith for bringing Diana into Sri Lankan Public Life .

    UAli Friday, 19 April 2024 06:27 AM

    She too foreigner so she has all the right to speak for them but she fraudulently entered SriLanka and sneaked into our parliament while challenging law and order of SriLanka

    Ceylonese Friday, 19 April 2024 08:40 AM

    Recently I visited a country in South East Asia known to be a tourists paradise. The people were so friendly respectful and so humble and always looked very happy and contented with their life. They always had a smile on their face and would always bow down with folded palms to greet you. The secret to their success i found out was that they were deeply religious. I have travelled to many parts of the world from Africa to Europe North America to South Amerca and Asia but have never met such humble piople in my life like the Balinese people of Indonesia. last year I also spent a holiday in Sri Lanka and don't have many pleasant memories to describe. First impressions do matter a lot and we Sri Lankans have a long way to go.


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