Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said it is concerned about a widely circulated picture of a notice, displayed by the Community Police Unit in Habaraduwa banning swim wear for tourists at scenic southern beaches.
The public notice shows western women in two-piece bikinis with a message urging visitors to dress appropriately and respect Sri Lankan culture.
"According to Sri Lankan culture, please dress in an appropriate suit," it stated with a large 'X' on the women in the photo, giving the impression walking along the beach in a two-piece swim suit is not appropriate.
SLTDA said "Dress code policing is unneeded and unwarranted for tourists enjoying the scenic beaches of Sri Lanka."
The Tourism Authority said that it has taken the matter up with all relevant authorities and expects to see progress soon.