Hotels discriminating locals Govt to cancel licences Raids to be conducted from today

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By 2018-01-03

BY Ravi Ladduwahetty

Hotels along the Southern coastal belt are liable to lose their Tourist Board licences if they are found catering to only foreigners, while discriminating against locals.

Raids will be conducted on Hotels in the South beginning today (3). Hotels in Weligama will be checked today, Hikkaduwa tomorrow (4), Mirissa on Friday (5) and Habaraduwa on Saturday (6).

Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha yesterday (2), directed the Ministry of Tourism and the Provincial authorities to cancel the memberships of these hotels which discriminate on an ethnic basis.

"This is absurd. While it is most important that we develop our foreign exchange resources, it is more important that we should not discriminate local tourists, especially at a time when......we are seeing a growth in the number of local tourists," the Minister told the media at his Ministry.

This is a sequel to the Minister and the Ministry receiving numerous complaints that there were hotels along the Southern coastal belt which served only foreigners while locals were either not allowed entry or not served.

"We will not tolerate this type of discrimination and we will continue to take stern action against them with immediate effect. This is truly a cause for shame," he said Tourism Ministry Secretary Esala Weerakoon, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (Crimes), Secretary of the Weligama Urban Council and the Secretary of the Weligama Divisional Secretariat were also present at the news conference.

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