Many years ago me and two of my friends drove into Villa Ocean view hotel for the lunch buffet and we were told sorry the hotel is for foreigners only no locals allowed. Well this was a hotel which survived on local customers during the JVP era and when the tourists started coming back they forgot all about the very people who made it possible to keep their head above water.
How tragic is it when you are treated like a outcast in your own country by your own countrymen. But then us Sri Lankans have very short memories and are known for biting the hand that feeds them.
As the tourists are coming back again I can already see this kind of situation raising its ugly head. Just today someone told me of a place called mud house which you can't even classify as a real hotel turning locals away. This is not right and I want to urge everyone to protest ferociously to the authorities and make a huge noise if you do hear of similar situations. Because this kind of situation needs to be nipped in the bud.