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Sri Lanka: Military’s “War Tourism” Resort Dubbed Tasteless

Date: January 9th, 2013 | No Comments

A human rights organization has criticized the military for promoting a luxury beach resort built on former killing fields, dubbing it “war tourism” and “tasteless.” Located on the north coast in Nanthi Kadal, where the final battles between the army and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) took place, the resort stands on the site where tens [read more]

Sri Lanka: French Tourists Sentenced for Offending Buddhists

Date: August 21st, 2012 | No Comments

A Sri Lankan court handed down a suspended jail sentence to three French tourists over offensive photos they took inside a Buddhist temple. Tipped off by a local film-processing lab, authorities recovered snapshots depicting the two men and a woman posing inappropriately with statues and pretending to kiss the Buddha. Not only was their behavior [read more]

Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka: U.S. State Department Issues Alert for ICC Cricket World Cup

Date: February 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued an alert for travelers to Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka for the ICC Cricket World Cup Feb. 19-April 2. Though no specific threat information exists, the State Department warned that such high profile events can be targets for terrorist attacks. Since local authorities are responsible for the security around individual [read more]

Sri Lanka: Government to Legalize Gambling to Attract Foreign Tourists

Date: November 17th, 2010 | 1 comment

After almost three decades of civil war, Sri Lanka is looking for ways to attract more foreign tourists, and one option is to open its doors to casino development. Parliament recently passed legislation to legalize gambling and established a plan to designate special gambling zones where casinos and betting agencies could set up shop. The [read more]

Sri Lanka: Violence Mars Run-Up to Presidential Election

Date: January 20th, 2010 | No Comments

The first presidential election since the army defeated the Tamil Tigers in a decades-long civil war will take place Jan. 26, pitting the incumbent president who pushed for a military victory against the general who carried it out. Passions are high and violence has already claimed two lives, prompting the military and police to go [read more]

Sri Lanka: Flash Flooding Kills 42, Displaces Thousands

Date: December 26th, 2012 | No Comments

Severe flooding and landslides have claimed at least 42 lives and displaced thousands in the north, central and southeast portions of the island nation since mid-December. Although floodwaters were beginning to recede in some areas, Colombo remained on flood watch and many roads were closed, including some main highways. The continuous heavy rains and gale [read more]

Sri Lanka: Northern Region Now Open to Foreigners

Date: July 12th, 2011 | No Comments

Northern Sri Lanka is now freely open to foreign passport holders. The region was off-limits to travelers and most others during 26 years of civil war that ended in 2009, and since then, journalists and foreigners alike needed special permission from the defense ministry to visit the area. Despite the new access, non-governmental organizations still [read more]

Sri Lanka: Navy Begins Whale-Watching Tourist Excursions

Date: February 2nd, 2011 | 2 comments

The Sri Lankan Navy is getting into the tourism business in an effort to improve the country’s image after three decades of civil war and to offer tourists a new attraction otherwise unavailable here. It has established a ferry service for whale watching excursions out of the popular tourist port of Galle in the south. [read more]

Sri Lanka: One Year After Civil War Ends, Tamil Tiger Territory a Tourist Attraction

Date: May 19th, 2010 | No Comments

May 18 was the first anniversary of the end of the almost-three-decade Tamil Tigers’ civil war that killed as many as 100,000 people, but the government postponed indefinitely a military parade and ceremony to mark the occasion. Reminders of the war in the northern Jaffna peninsula, however, have become tourist attractions, with visitors flocking to [read more]

Sri Lanka: Campaign for Jan. 26 Presidential Election Could See Demonstrations

Date: December 23rd, 2009 | No Comments

Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election Jan. 26, and in years past political campaigns have produced demonstrations and small-scale violence. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo urges travelers to avoid political rallies, public gatherings and demonstrations, which can start with little or no notice. Police have used tear gas and force to break up unruly [read more]

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