Arugam Bay is well-known for its surfing activities and attracts a large number of tourists. This time around too even with the prevailing fuel crisis and acute transport issues, tourists are seen in their numbers at Arugam Bay. Many of them take to traditional transport- which is the only means of transport in the parts. They could be seen moving from place to place in bullock carts, a spokesman said.
The prevailing crisis has not deterred tourists and prevented them from enjoying themselves, he added.
The fuel crisis has had a significant impact on the country’s tourism industry as a whole. Many people in this country are returning to traditional modes of transportation, such as bicycles, that their forefathers used, the spokesman said.
Tourist hotels in the country are also struggling to provide satisfactory transportation services to foreign tourists staying in their establishments, he added.
Meanwhile, three-wheeler drivers who provide transport facilities to tourists have also lost their source of income as a result of the prevailing fuel crisis in the country.
BY Naalir Jamaldeen