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A New Hurdle Threatens Sri Lanka Tourism

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 09, 2016

A New Hurdle Threatens Sri Lanka Tourism

PHOTO: Sri Lanka (courtesy Thinkstock) 

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has bounced back after a bloody civil war, but is reporting that environmental groups are warning that the unchecked development of beach destinations could cause pollution and health hazards. 

Currently, the website is reporting that sewage from hotels and guesthouses that are thriving often just pours directly into the ocean. 

More than 2 million visitors are heading to Sri Lanka each year, more than four times the number of visitors the country received in 2009. But unchecked dumping of sewage into the ocean is preventing even local residents from swimming in the waters in some of the best tourist areas. 

“When you look at the water you won’t notice it. But at certain times of the year, the water in Mount Lavinia is so filthy it is worse than taking a dip in a cesspool,” said Environmental engineering expert Mahesh Jayaweera. 

READ MORE: Revisiting Sri Lanka in a Post-Civil War Era  

Authorities are trying to register guesthouses so that waste is disposed of properly, but industry experts and environmental specialists are advising the country to make urgent changes. For more on Sri Lanka’s beaches, visit

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