Safety of Foreign Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Written by DM_Team   
Friday, 30 December 2011 16:13

The recent incident in Tangalle that resulted in the death of a British National and the subsequent attack on a Sri Lankan by a British National leaves us to question whether foreign nationals in Sri Lanka are being adequately protected and at the same time controlled by local law enforcement. 
  Hits: 6907


# DM_Team 2011-12-30 16:25
What is your opinion? Are foreigner nationals’ safe and will the recent incident have an impact on tourism?
# lankexpat 2011-12-31 02:08
Generaly Foreigners are safe in SL, of it is advisable tfor our guests not move around alone in the night or lonely places, it can happen in Europe or US, or any other Asian countries.The Government and the Touristboard must initiate a PR campaign in island to make the people consious about the negativ image of a so called a Budist Country,with Budhas teaching not to harm anyone,
# Concerned 2011-12-31 07:15
First and foremost the people are not safe in this country so how can tourist be safe, Sri Lanka has many perverts roaming about, very sad though,
# Fithna 2011-12-31 12:49
Yes,This will have an a bad impact on Tourism. This is the first time an incident of polical thuggery has affected the Tourism Industry.
.No other Country in the World ,which promote tourism do let this types of incidents happen. Tourism not only bring revenue to the Country but also promotes the good-will and get attention,when the word of mouth spreads around.
Tourists are not going to come just because we have smiling faces.
Srilanka has a lot of competitors as a tourist destination.
offering similar products.
If we are to compete and surge ahead of them we must deliver something more.
Safety is a priority.No body like to spend money,travel to a far-away destination to get killed,raped,ro bbed or ripped off.
If we do not learn a lesson from this particular incident.
Srilanka will never going to flourish as a Tourist Destination.
# Ujukarin 2011-12-31 14:55
It's about the first time that the increasing 'Desperado culture' with impunity against police hits the tourists. It would be very difficult to keep tourists safe from it whils not direcctly doing something about the culture.
THAT is the challenge for Lanka, to restore Law and Order and remove the interfence with politics; starting with a strong curb on weapon possession...
# Former Hotel Employe 2012-01-01 09:07
The Impact will on the Type of Tourist who come and selection of the Hotels and how they come by reputed Travel Agent or FIT.
The Cheap Tourist who come with less money will try to get a Drink at the cost of the Rich Local in the Beach Area and The Local will try to get Sexual Favour. Both parties believe in give and take.
This would have been one of the causes of the incident and jealousy gets in and turns in violence.

A decent Tourist will not come and may not want to go to these places.

But I am sure these incidents take place with the support of the top in these places.

I have worked in Hotels and have seen these taking places. As employees we just pretend we have not seen it.
# rocky 2012-01-01 14:36
Sri Lanka is expecting high number of tourist. It is only logical that foreign nationals should feel safe when they are holidaying here. The brutal murder of a British national and the attack on a Russian female national does not augur well for Sri Lanka. The fact that all tourist vacated Tanggale after the incident speaks great volume on the perception of Sri Lankan security as far as foreigners are concerned. Most disturbingly is the fact that the crime was committed by members of the ruling political party. Without any doubt this incident will have a great setback on Sri Lakan tourism industry given the wide negative publicity worldwide.
# gishan 2012-01-02 08:39
there will definitely be an impact as its British magazine rated Sri Lanka as top 5 destinations to travel in 2012.
# Francis 2012-01-02 12:09
Until possession of all illegal arms are withdrawn from the cronies no one is safe in this country. Does anyone review the number of murders that have taken place in this country in the recent past? It is now worse than during the war time. Do not wait to see SL becoming a Mexico of Asia. Please wake up as we have enough signs already
# Eranga 2012-01-02 18:17
We are striving to go forward as a tourist destination, I think the law should be amended to match this goal. As in singapore tougher regulations starting from things like shop lifting will make tourists feel safer. Greater police presence in tourist destinations (not just traffic cops at every Bend on the Galle road). If we are achieve the macro goal of increased tourism then it is imperative that the laws too and support services too be aligned to meet this goal.
# Ariya 2012-01-02 19:00
Not a big deal! the British police murdered a South American, thinking he was an Arab. This is NOT Britain's back garden.
# Ravi 2012-01-04 00:15
Here the murder of the Indian post Grad. student is having good news coverage. Nothing about a British killed in Sri Lanka.
I think we have escaped this time. We got to watch out in the future and give priority for the safety of both Tourists & the locals.
# ranjitdea 2012-01-05 04:30
No they are not safe. The 3 wheeler people in and around Colpetty regularly trick the foreigners. Police do nothing on it. However tourism may not get affected by this incident