Making Mirissa an eco-friendly tourist zone | Sunday Observer

Making Mirissa an eco-friendly tourist zone

Owners of businesses catering to tourists got together to form the Mirissa Tourist Business Owners Welfare Association (MTBOWA) to serve better the thousands of tourists who visit the area.

“Mirissa is probably the only beach in the southern coast where touts, beach boys, pan handlers or vendors are not permitted to bother tourists. We pledge to make Mirissa an eco-friendly Tourist Zone,” said patron of the association Edwin Silva at a simple ceremony held to mark the opening of the MTBOWA office on Thursday.

President of the MTBOWA, Donald Weerasekera said that there were more than 300 small and medium scale hotels and guest houses in Mirissa with over 3,000 rooms and the association was formed to boost the tourist industry in the area by providing an exemplary service. “We will be registering all the hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and other service providers. We will ensure that tourists are provided with true and accurate information. We hope to demarcate the boundaries of the Mirissa Tourist zone as there are some establishments which provide false information online and mislead visitors. We also hope to ensure that street lamps are maintained and also to install a security camera system within the zone,” he said, adding that thousands of tourists flock Mirissa every year to bask in the sun, watch the whales and shoals of Dolphins off the shores or engage in other aquatic sports. But most important is that visitors can relax in peace on the Mirissa beach without being bothered by touts, beggars, beach boys or vendors.