Strike at Yala National Park

Strike at Yala National Park

There have been reports that there is disruption at the Yala National Park in Sri Lanka due to a strike by drivers and suppliers with travellers needing to cancel their safaris.
Shamraz Azeez, operations manager of locally owned and operated DMC, Tour Blue says the company’s guests have no reason for concern and their holidays won’t be adversely effected.
‘The situation is still unpredictable. Some days are effected by strikes and this may continue until a permanent solution is found.

‘On the days there are challenges, Tour Blue has plenty of resources, local contacts and we are guaranteed a smooth entry in to the Weheragala National Park, which is in close proximity and just as wonderful.
‘We quite often change plans and routing on the day to ensure we’re giving guests the best experience possible.’
The strike is over the government’s intention to limit the number of jeeps in to the park to 450 per day (there are usually more than 1000) and changing safari times to limited four hour blocks.
‘It’s probably time there is some more regulation put in place,’ says Azeez. ‘However, the local community are very supportive of looking after visitors and caring for their environment and wide range of wildlife. Definitely keep Yala on itineraries!’
Tour Blue is represented in New Zealand by Exposure Down Under.

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