Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has left for London to meet British authorities and hopefully urge them to revise the latest British travel advisory that casts Sri Lanka in a negative light.
External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama has said that the Minister has left Teheran to London and is hopeful in meeting his British counterpart and other officials to discuss the issue although an official meeting was not confirmed.
The recent travel advisory issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) last month warns the Britons over an upsurge of nationalism, sexual offences and anti-western rhetoric in the country.
"Travellers should note that the end of the military conflict in May 2009 has seen an upsurge of nationalism in Sri Lanka. As a result, anti-Western (particularly anti-British) rhetoric has increased," the latest advisory issued by the FCO said.
The advisory specifically warned the women to take particular care when travelling alone, or in small groups, and carry personal alarms.
The advisory was revised few days later with amendments to the Local Laws and Customs section but the initial warnings remained.
The advisory has concerned Sri Lanka Tourism industry officials over its possible impact on the arrivals of British tourists in the country.
British tourists were the largest from a single country after India to visit Sri Lanka. In the first seven months of this year 61,618 Britons arrived in the country.
Sri Lanka's hotel industry has also expressed concern though the advisory has not shown any effect yet.