Sri Lanka wildlife attractions at risk, hotelier warns

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Serendib Hotels, part of the Hemas Holdings group, has joined calls for more control of visitors at the island’s wildlife attractions saying overcrowding was threatening their survival.

“At present, the overuse of our resources has become a critical issue,” the hotel group’s chairman A.N. Esufally has said.

“I cannot overemphasize the importance of stricter controls to preserve the country’s resources and protect what is rightfully our legacy,” he told shareholders in the company’s annual report.

Greater restrictions on the flow of visitors to tourist attractions on land and at sea and better safety measures were required, Esufally said.

Vehicular overcrowding in many of the country’s wild life parks, including national parks in Yala and Wilpattu, have already caused “untold damage” to the wild life who inhabit these parks, he said.

The deployment of boats without adequate safety measures and overcrowded waters with unregulated vessels “significantly increase” the risk to visitors and marine life alike, he added.

“We urge the government to introduce suitable regulations to limit the damage to our natural resources.

“It is equally important that measures be taken to preserve and protect our cultural heritage sites.”

 

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